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Good Evening

Well today I got a free moment and I did something I have not been able to do in 3 weeks, cut the grass. There where places on my property were the grass was over 4 foot high! With all the rain followed by intense heat I was unable to get out mowing, and it takes roughly 5 hours to cut all the grass. But the good news itís done, the bad news is I killed thousands of potential photo subjects! It was unbelievable, as I was riding the mower weaving in and out of trees I watch thousands of Praying Mantis, Grasshoppers, Butterflies, Frogs and an assortment of other creatures fleeing for there lives. I almost stopped cutting the grass; I was terrified I was going to kill my next EC potential! Wink Oh well, its done and they all have a reprieve for the next 3 weeks when I have to cut again. See you out on EPZ, later.

Greg

My setup when shooting:

1. This was shot late in the afternoon, around 6 PM.
2. I used a tripod no remote.
3. Since the grass was cut and only patches of tall grass left, the mantis were easy to find.
4. Had both cameras with me, one with a 60mm macro, and the other with the 150mm macro.
5. I will say I had difficulty focusing again, however I noticed how much easier it was to get more of the creature in focus when using the 60mm.
6. Again I used a blade of grass to coax the creature into some different positions. The creature was not harmed in the making of this shot! Wink
7. This time I took roughly 100 shots, and I would say that about 50% were good this time. I think I am getting the hang of it now.

Camera Settings:

Location: Middletown, Delaware (Backyard)
Special Equipment: Remote control shutter cable
Processing: Saturation and contrast.
Weather: middle afternoon, partially shaded area.
Tripod : Yes
Camera: Nikon D2X
Lens : Nikon 60mm Micro, Nikkor
Focal Len : 60mm
Flash : No
Exposure Mode : Aperture Priority
Metering Mode : Multi Pattern
Exposure : -1.0
Shutter : 1/180
F Stop : F 3.2
ISO : 100

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Lens:Nikon 60mm micro
Recording media:Digital ISO 100
Title:Say Cheese
Username:glazzaro glazzaro
Uploaded:10 Aug 2006 - 12:24 AM
Tags:Bugs, Close-up / macro, General, Mantis, Nature, Wildlife / nature
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andytvcams
andytvcams  1210396 forum posts United Kingdom
10 Aug 2006 - 12:32 AM

Fantastic.

Andy...

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mirceax
mirceax  8
10 Aug 2006 - 12:40 AM

fantastic creature,beautiful shot.
Mircea

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joewarner
joewarner  8
10 Aug 2006 - 12:52 AM

What a great shot! I love the way the colour of the mantis and plant stands out with the blurred background.

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JohnHawthorne
10 Aug 2006 - 12:57 AM

Absolutely superb! I really appreciate the time you've taken to write the description of your setup. It really does open my eyes to the work involved in creating an excellent shot like this. Thank you very much for a great shot and excellent description!

John.

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piccy
piccy  8 Wales
10 Aug 2006 - 1:40 AM

Such an excellent shot. He's a real professional judging by his stance. Good job he survived.

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Dannyt
Dannyt  866 forum posts
10 Aug 2006 - 1:45 AM

Great shot. I loved your commentary.

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tonymarq
tonymarq  9 United States
10 Aug 2006 - 1:55 AM

Greg figures you cut the grass and every animal plus an EC or two come out of hiding and if i let my grass get to 1 foot high Bridget would crack the whip at me,lol! Excellent capture as always!

stay well
tonymarq

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Tina_Michelle
10 Aug 2006 - 2:20 AM

great shot of this one Greg. love that you got good "eye contact"

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2006 - 3:05 AM

Well, I saw one of these attempt to eat one of the monarch caterpillars-- , howeverr, yours seem content to pose and stare-- , And,yes, you now know how usefull a hayfield can be!

Great image! Jennnnnnnnnnn

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MaryMac
MaryMac  8258 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2006 - 3:57 AM

another beautiful shot Greg
Mary

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rusty
rusty  11 Canada
10 Aug 2006 - 4:03 AM

Nice pose and presentation, you should have a good excuse now to leave the lawn to mother nature, especially with all those criters that are ready to have their images imortilized on the net.

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NevP
NevP  9853 forum posts Canada13 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2006 - 4:04 AM

Another beautiful macro shot, great technique resulting in a fabulous image.

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A_Harrison
10 Aug 2006 - 4:50 AM

They can strike such an arrogant pose can't they.

Allan

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C_Daniels
C_Daniels  9399 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2006 - 6:00 AM

Posing nicely for you there Greg - it is real I take it :O)

Well captured!

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ChristineL
10 Aug 2006 - 6:17 AM

Fantastic shot Greg, superb clarity and colour,
Chris.

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firzhugh
firzhugh  9 New Zealand
10 Aug 2006 - 6:37 AM

beautiful tones, detail and pose

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bumbleb3
bumbleb3  8356 forum posts United Kingdom
10 Aug 2006 - 6:45 AM

beautifully taken.great colours
sandy

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McKenzie
McKenzie  8 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2006 - 6:45 AM

Lovely macro work wit great composition.

Steve

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arnieg
arnieg  10682 forum posts England
10 Aug 2006 - 6:48 AM

beautiful image well captured
arnie

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Phoebecat
Phoebecat  8 Italy
10 Aug 2006 - 7:14 AM

He's actually looking at the viewer! Wonderful! Another fantastic shot. I wouldn't pose like that for someone whose out to wreck my home!

Matt

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Ajack
Ajack  8
10 Aug 2006 - 7:24 AM

Another stunning shot of this lovely insect,
You are so lucky to have so many to choose from,....Superb capture,

Alan

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CanonMan
CanonMan e2 Member 12489 forum postsCanonMan vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2006 - 7:36 AM

Lovely,detailed close up shot.

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adderman
adderman  81 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2006 - 7:53 AM

Hi Greg, for me this is the best Mantis shot so far. The colour and and detail are excellent as always, but I really like the composition of this one.

Brett.

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Big_Beavis
Big_Beavis e2 Member 9Big_Beavis vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2006 - 7:57 AM

Fantastic shot as per usual, a great pleasure to be number 30, they are usually in the 50's or 60's before I see them. All the extra details make very interesting reading.(you should really produce a collection/book of your (and Cesies) work).

David

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VintageRed
10 Aug 2006 - 8:30 AM

Cracking shot with excellent DOF. Nick.

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Keelo
Keelo  11 Australia
10 Aug 2006 - 8:32 AM

Love the composition of the imge and the pose of the Mantis, beautiful colour too. Excellent work Greg.

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thorn
thorn  10124 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2006 - 9:00 AM

Hi Greg,that is a brilliant bg for the mantis and he is standing out proud in all his glory,fantastic posture,it is such a brilliant 3d capture,great colour/tones,detail,lighting and dof.Magical and pure class.Take care.AnnSmile

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Westers
Westers  93905 forum posts Burkina Faso1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2006 - 9:09 AM

Certainly is one of my favourites of yours. Excellent pose you got from the little fella.

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chrissd
chrissd  8304 forum posts United Kingdom
10 Aug 2006 - 9:14 AM

goodness feel as if i have been on a journey just reading all the above what a lovely place you must have, the back ground sets this shot of a treat this is superb
chris

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bunbeam
bunbeam  9 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2006 - 9:28 AM

thats the look I got when i shook one out of my trouser leg in india... great shot..
bunSmile)

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shane
shane  10 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2006 - 9:29 AM

Hello Greg

brilliant as ever mate


click
shane

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AlanBW
AlanBW  8 England
10 Aug 2006 - 9:30 AM

Congrats on the HC, great pose in this shot

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terry_cavner
10 Aug 2006 - 10:25 AM

A Beauty Greg...Well worth its HC....shoulda been an EC....easily

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Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2006 - 10:35 AM

Far out Greg! Another stunning image my friend, and easily worthy of the HC it has received, top marks again!

Ade

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Rachy1821
Rachy1821  8 England
10 Aug 2006 - 10:43 AM

Stunning image i just love the detail you manage to achieve well captured!!

Rachel

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2006 - 11:00 AM

another classy shot, Greg

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proberts
proberts  10218 forum posts Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2006 - 11:06 AM

Excellent capture Greg,fabulous detail and pose.Congrats on the HC.
Andrew.

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jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
10 Aug 2006 - 11:20 AM

So great that it is hard to comment

Peter

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pfheyes
pfheyes  10254 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2006 - 11:53 AM

An 'EC' in my book - the 'pose' is pretty much perfect.

Pete

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richardwheel
10 Aug 2006 - 12:03 PM

class photo

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Jou©o
Jou©o  1056 forum posts Finland
10 Aug 2006 - 12:08 PM

you sure deserve all the possible awards, Sir Gregory!

AMAZING SHOT!

Jouko

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Adrian_Reynolds
10 Aug 2006 - 12:46 PM

Very fine work Greg, you produce these shots with ease, this one has such an artistic pose, excellent shot, Adrian

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Jaye  8
10 Aug 2006 - 1:06 PM

Well deserved H.C he looks so real as if I could touch him fabulous photography...Judith

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glazzaro e2 Member 970 forum postsglazzaro vcard United States23 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2006 - 1:08 PM

Thanks Pete

Greg

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pcjackso
pcjackso Junior Member 9
10 Aug 2006 - 3:57 PM

A Fantastic shot,really brilliant.I would like to come and take photos in your garden,it sounds great.
Pauline

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2006 - 4:13 PM

Cracking shot, like the look he's giving you. Congratulations on a well deserved HC award

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alpha788  8 Canada
10 Aug 2006 - 4:20 PM

One word WOW!

Stan

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ericfaragh
ericfaragh  10121 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2006 - 5:06 PM

Marvellously detailled capture, well done.

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2006 - 5:35 PM

Ha ha, what a poser!
John (-:

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tull
tull  11181 forum posts United Kingdom
10 Aug 2006 - 7:07 PM

Congrat's on a well deserved HC Greg.

Mark.

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daffydill56
10 Aug 2006 - 7:30 PM

Oh Greg, what a cracker! I hope they are still there next year.

Fran

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jan 1  10 Netherlands
10 Aug 2006 - 7:49 PM

Ask him to pray for us, Greg. Congratulation.
Jan

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SueTurner  981 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2006 - 7:52 PM

really like this, one of my favourites so far
Sue

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ThePres
ThePres  8
10 Aug 2006 - 8:45 PM

Fantastic capture and image!

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User_Removed
10 Aug 2006 - 10:51 PM

Greg, again a superb shot. Very green this one and you have caught him poised just right.

Stuart

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claret
claret  1049 forum posts England
11 Aug 2006 - 7:53 AM

Why this isn't an EC rather than HC stumps me. Terrific capture - wonderful colour; the insect and the leaves match perfectly and stand out well against the background - and it really does look like it is posing for you. Excellent shot.
Iain

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England241 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2006 - 9:16 AM

Beautiful image Greg,claity,detail,composition & dof.
Now don't cut the grass again !!
Janet

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bricurtis e2 Member 91904 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2006 - 11:52 AM

Superb capture again Greg. These insects form such amazing patterns with their bodies.

Brian.

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tim g  11 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2006 - 12:05 PM

Wonderful photo, well presented as always.

Tim

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Chriscj  896 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2006 - 1:30 PM

Congrats again on your HC much deserved.

Chris

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Portknockie
11 Aug 2006 - 3:28 PM

Great shot Greg..the detail is stunning..

DonSmile

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megamuff8
megamuff8  1092 forum posts United States
11 Aug 2006 - 3:44 PM

Hi Ya Greg,
I needed a good laugh....Absolutely Loved your description, I was hysterical!
This is what I really missed...Good to be back!
Take care and hello to Cesie...Smile

Have a wonderful weekend,
Suzan Smile

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shutter speed
11 Aug 2006 - 4:08 PM

You have most defiantly got the hang of it.....
This is superb.

Ian.

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panda
panda  10 England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2006 - 4:09 PM

Stunning capture, wonderful image, first class as ever Greg.

Regards Phil

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Maddie  92714 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2006 - 8:43 PM

super greg well done on the HC

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Pegon  978 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2006 - 10:42 PM

Superb detail and clarity Greg. Congratulations on the HC.
Pete.

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pamelajean Critique Team 8773 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1604 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2006 - 11:09 PM

Phenomenal, just thought it was blades of grass in thumbnail.

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Gecko  825 forum posts Australia
12 Aug 2006 - 7:27 AM

Absolutely stunning!! Congrats on both awards. Pam

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KBan  9457 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2006 - 3:47 PM

quality shot!!!!
keith

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bubbles30  8 England
12 Aug 2006 - 8:24 PM

I wish we had all the wildlife in our back garden, it would be great! Another great shot.
Nic

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liparig  10233 forum posts United States
18 Aug 2006 - 8:20 PM

wow wow wow amazing photo
joe

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VNelson  9 United States
20 Aug 2006 - 7:02 AM

Truly marvellous capture and an astounding composition.

Verne

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Aug 2006 - 9:52 AM

great capture and titel....

ollie

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scott_jessuk
27 Aug 2006 - 8:14 AM

What an amazing image, Im glad this little chap managed to escape the big cut. You have managed to get so close, I always though they would just jump off and that would be end of the photo. So well done capturing this beauty.

Scott

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leons_photos
28 Aug 2006 - 8:51 PM

Great pose!! hehehe

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PatrickSmith
30 Aug 2006 - 4:09 AM

The bright head on the dark background make this one work.
Patrick

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dalischone
dalischone  10293 forum posts Scotland
14 Sep 2006 - 11:15 AM

Stunning shot, I really think you have a bit of Dr Dolittle in you, your subjects always look as if you've just asked them to pose - lol! Wonderful work.

Tracy

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