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Adult praying mantis of the species Blepharopsis mendica. Ben-Shemen forest, Israel.

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Crazystarkitty Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
The eyes look like watermelons :O

Nice shot!
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firxxx Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
perfect
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CROMantis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
What a BEAUTY
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:O beautiful !
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andulce Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Montgomery Burns? :)

great macro!
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DeadSweet Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, you've been featured in my recent journal, here: [link] :meow:
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Seraphina-Song Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No idea how you got him to sit still long enough for the shot, but this is amazing.
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naquillity Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
simply gorgeous shot. he looks like a fierce warrior...
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
GREAT!!!!!!!
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Eruwyn Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I have featured this is in my journal. ~ [link]
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Prisma-photo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow !!
Captivating shot !
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cactusmumkate Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Out of this planet :earth:!Great shot!
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Citeron Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Intense
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SMerle Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
just amazingly amazing!
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ShortAndSnappy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student Photographer
Very cool! The background shows up the praying mantis really nicely.
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lenashore Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Wow. Amazing shots. Normally, how many shots do you have to take to get a good one? Seems like you would have to be very, very patient.
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Tyrant-ess Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
He looks as though he has an awesome hair doo...
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AnotherEve Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Seriously?! What an amazing shot!! :D
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Stoewesand Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
so beautiful
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TaintedAndWinged208 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Aww he reminds me of the mantis is a bugs life. Nice pose and awesome color. :)
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boomerama-Llama Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous.
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KaleidoKittles Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
Such amazing details captured. Really like the focus in this as well as the composition!
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Momaez Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
nice pic
Nice angle
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Rapierr Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional Photographer
Quite different than the usual mantis portraits. Great shot.

I wish there were more light and contrast on the face.

Greetings
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erezmarom Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks!
Actually, in my eyes more light or contrast would only hurt the image and make it look unnatural.
Over-contrasted and unevenly/unnaturally lit images (such as those usually produced by flash photography) are exactly what I try to avoid throughout my work. I ideally try to display the animals as though the viewer were inside their world.
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Rapierr Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional Photographer
I truly appreciate this approach.

But here what makes it catchy is actually an unnatural character of the photo. The light comes from bottom. This reverse light creates a light like an old theater scene or a museum. The model looks like a sculpture in a square in the city. This is something good. It is a tool of artists to create a stress in the work to make it outstanding. It is the creators point of view. This I like it very much and I look for it (It doesn't mean that I am good at it :) Unfortunately I'm not ).

To rephrase my comment a little bit more detailed: I wanted to say that the photo lacks a little bit an impact point. Usually this is normal to select the face as the first impact point. It is a quite awesome photo. But could have been better with just a little bit of post-processing.

Kindest regards,
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erezmarom Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional Photographer
I understand your approach, but as I've mentioned, for me this is neither the objecive, nor the ideal. Although it's sometimes very tempting (and usually easier), I do my best to avoid my shots looking like studio shots or directed shots. I try to show nature in the most natural way I can, and this is true in all my shots and in this one too: the mantis was orientated so the natural light came from the lower right. This is the amount of contrast this creature has in reality. The head was lit exactly like you see, and I'm not going to make it shine more than the rest of the body- this is the opposite of what I'm trying to achieve!

Oh, and it is post-processed, like all my shots. But this is as far as this photographer will go :D

Thanks for taking the time to discuss the image.
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dalantech Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You and I are polar opposites my friend: No one can see these creatures with the detail level that I can show them, so by default the image is already unnatural and I'm not constrained in how I light or frame them ;)
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erezmarom Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Professional Photographer
Everyone has their own extent of "purism". I disagree with going competely loose using the excuse that it's "already unnatural" because each and every photographic image is unnatural in essence, and so this reasoning can result in a problematic understanding of what nature photography actually is.
I prefer to make my images "as natural as possible" and work hard to achieve this. Not everyone must follow this ideal, but one must always remember that if one's purpose is to show the beauty of the natural world, what if not a natural look should be the main guideline, or at least one of the guidelines?
Framing is not a problem for me, as it is an artistic decision to begin with, having nothing to do with realism. But lighting is different. One should give some hard thought to how lighting affects one's images' appearence and feel, produce this feel INTENTIONALLY and be complete with it. If that's the situation, any decision is fine.
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dalantech Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I think what I was really trying to tell you is to be careful that you don't restrict yourself so much that you end up "painting yourself into a corner". Why place limits on your creativity?... ;)
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erezmarom Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional Photographer
Such a question coming from the very man who doesn't allow himself to CROP?! :D
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Xerces Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Great close up capture! Such wonderful details and colour :)
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eelhsamarie Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
Wow...sooo amazing:)
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Snoopy10 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This piece has been featured here [link]
:)
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mysteriiart Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
Amazing...
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erezmarom Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
If you liked this check out my other stuff :)
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Nusio21 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
nice shot! :)
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erezmarom Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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Nusio21 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem! :)
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Herzkasper Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010   Photographer
Cooool !
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erezmarom Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
Yes, they are :D
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