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Copyright: Victor Dunaev (Victor_D) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 37 N: 75] (1744)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-29
Categories: Macro
Camera: Canon 5D Mark ll, Voigtlander MACRO APO-LANTHER 125mm F2.5
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-09 12:41
Viewed: 3183
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mantis religiosa, referred to as the European Mantis outside of Europe and known simply as the Praying Mantis in Europe and elsewhere, is one of the most well-known and widespread species of the order, Mantodea. Originating in southern Europe, the European Mantis was introduced to North America in 1899 on a shipment of nursery plants. Now they are found all over the north-eastern United States and Canada to the Pacific Northwest. The European Mantis is usually 5–7.5 cm (2–3 inches) in length, and has shades of bright green to tan. It can be distinguished easily by a black-ringed spot beneath the fore coxae. It is one of several different insects for which a name used within Europe to refer to only a single insect species (in this case, "praying mantis") has become adopted throughout the globe to refer to the larger group of insects to which that one species belongs.

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Hi Victor,

Wow, what a powerful macro capture from Praying Mantis with superb details!
One can feel the power of 5D :)

Great title, wonderful clarity throughout the picture, nice textures on the snail shells and perfect POV. The blurry BG gives perfect contrast to the subject(s). Very well done!

Have a nice weekend!

best regards,

PS: Sorry, out of smileys for the moment :( Hope you don't mind.

Hello Victor,

There is razor sharp details in this macro shot of the praying mantis. Beautiful tones and colors, as well as the depth of field- perfect focusing IMO.

Great shot!


Good shot - light and shade and colours are all good. Can't see what your aperture or shutter settings were but perhaps a smaller aperture would've kept more of the subject in focus ...? Minor detail though - great work.

  • Great 
  • Pet Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 14 N: 29] (381)
  • [2010-01-09 19:49]

Hello Victor
Nice details, perfect sharpness, wonderful capture.
This is a GREAT macro shot.

Thanks for sharing


  • Great 
  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2010-01-10 2:13]

Hi Victor...
Beautiful macro with so nice details...
Nice colors, timing...

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