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This afternoon, while waiting for our guests to come over for an early "Erev Yom Kippur" dinner, I went out to the backyard with my OM-D with my old Olympus Zuiko 50mm f3.5 macro lens, which functions as a manual focus aperture priority automatic on my camera (actually pre-set aperture priority automatic) with an adapter. My intention was to photograph bees on the sedum (hard to get them to stay in one spot for very long), but what I found was even better, though my cat Rocky (a small, as they go, Maine Coon mix) kept nudging me for attention, so I include a shot of him, too. I did get one decent shot of a bee, but the Mantis stole the show. It was quite amazing how wherever I moved with the camera, she turned to look at me, no sense of distress, she stayed still and watched me. And, she was brown rather than the usual green.

Brand:OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera:Olympus OM-D E-M5
Lens:Zuiko 50mm f3.5 (film lens)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:13 Sep 2013 - 3:04 PM
Focal Length:0mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.0
Aperture:f/0
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:-0.3
ISO:1000
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:ESP
Flash:On, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Praying Mantis on Sedum
Username:handlerstudio handlerstudio
Uploaded:14 Sep 2013 - 4:14 AM
Tags:Bee, Cat, Close-up / macro, Praying mantis, Wildlife / nature
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Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
14 Sep 2013 - 4:19 AM

Peter, what a great picture.
I wish your name will be written in the book of forgiveness.
Have a great Yom Kippur.
M

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Hermanus
Hermanus e2 Member 2Hermanus vcard South Africa
14 Sep 2013 - 4:24 AM

Lovely set Peter !! That mantis in V1 is superb and I must say the cat stole my heart Smile We had one who looked very similar, her name was Dainty Smile

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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States7 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2013 - 4:26 AM


Quote: Lovely set Peter !! That mantis in V1 is superb and I must say the cat stole my heart Smile We had one who looked very similar, her name was Dainty Smile

I would add, that the mantis had a most remarkable air or feel of intelligence in that little head of hers.

Peter

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S_Psharma
S_Psharma e2 Member 2S_Psharma vcard India1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2013 - 5:03 AM

Fantastic set of macro images for me v1 is the winner.

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Hermanus
Hermanus e2 Member 2Hermanus vcard South Africa
14 Sep 2013 - 5:19 AM

Regarding the Weaver's call - not the same as this one !! This is a loud, noisy and can be irritating sound they makeSmile I agree that the Mantis seems to know what is going on around her Smile

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bobsblues
bobsblues  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2013 - 5:47 AM

Brilliant set Peter never seen a mantis before they look awesome .
Rob

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2204 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2013 - 7:42 AM

A great set Peter, what a great find....great captures....and your cat is so cute

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termite53
termite53 e2 Member 1termite53 vcard United Kingdom
14 Sep 2013 - 7:58 AM

Cracking set of images Peter....

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
14 Sep 2013 - 9:20 AM

Great close ups of this Mantis

Peter

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achieverswales
achieverswales e2 Member 4achieverswales vcard Wales101 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2013 - 9:46 AM

V3 for the full on eye contact Peter, have to say I love them all.

Regards

Trev.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2013 - 2:04 PM

A super set Peter. All great........Sandy

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43684 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2013 - 2:33 PM

A charming Cat, a busy Bee and a marvellous Mantis what ever next?

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2013 - 1:35 AM

Enjoy the Holiday--

I love the mantids, and your kitty s charming-- (our big hunk weighs 16 lib. and looks a bit like yours---we call him Rascal --fits)

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Sue_R
Sue_R e2 Member 8Sue_R vcard Scotland6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2013 - 4:40 PM

The mantis is amazing. No wonder you were distracted from taking photos of bees Smile

Sue Smile

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