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Praying Mantis II

By glazzaro  
Hi Folks

Wow, I have been really busy, both with work and my side photo business. Never thought a hobby would get so much attention! I have been hired by a marketing firm to take some additional photos and given some Image preparation work to do. This Friday I do a marketing shoot for the Local Dentist. Things are looking up! I have also been asked to get more diverse in my portfolio so that I have other photos available for sale, so will start seeing more portrait shots and action photos from me soon!

Well hope everyone is doing well, will try to catch up with you all soon, see you out on the site!


Stage Setup:

1. Used a wooden stand, placed a pot of ornamental grass on the top.
2. Captured one Mantis and put him on the grass.
3. Used a studio lamp to illuminate the back of the plant and bug.
4. Used Gary Fong’s flash hood to give even lighting throughout the shot.

Camera Setup:

Location: Middletown, Delaware (Inside the house)
Special: Gary Fong’s Flash Hood
Weather: N/A
Tripod: Yes
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Tamron 90mm
Focal Len: 90mm
Flash: Yes, SB800 TTL Full
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Multi Pattern
White Balance: Auto
Exposure: 0
Shutter: 1/50
F Stop: F 18
ISO: 200

Tags: Close-up and macro Mantis Insect preying mantis Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting

Voters: geoffash26, JouŠo, Pogs and 217 more

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geoffash26 14 2.5k United Kingdom
18 Jul 2007 7:22PM
A pleasing result

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User_Removed 12 51
18 Jul 2007 7:26PM
Great to hear everything is going so well Greg. Hardly surprising though with quality like this. Nice one.

JouŠo 14 56 Finland
18 Jul 2007 7:26PM
Busy busy here too, but never too busy to check your work, Sir Greg............


Something we seldom see here at EPZ!!!

Very very very GOOD!!!!

18 Jul 2007 7:31PM
Super Shot.

Blenkinsopp 12 320 4 England
18 Jul 2007 7:32PM
lovely shot - but I can't help thinking he is missing a piano - by his pose Wink
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
18 Jul 2007 7:38PM
stevenb Plus
14 265 6 England
18 Jul 2007 7:38PM
lovely image Greg, looks like he's getting ready to fight,

Go luck with your portraites

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
18 Jul 2007 7:39PM
Quite fantastic, really! Jennnn
AngelaR 13 155 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2007 7:40PM
Stunning. As long as my dentist doesn't hang things like this in her surgery Wink
dalecath 11 60 3 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2007 7:45PM
you have a great subject like a preying mantis and your puting it against a white background ,dosn't work ,and when i know you can take great photos like stewart ll

stick to the natural look

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
18 Jul 2007 7:47PM
A fantastic image Greg, what a poser he is! It looks like you've found yourself the latest top male model! Glad to hear that your photographic venture is going so well
blackbird 11 159 15 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2007 7:52PM
very striking image, and fantastic pose
exposure Plus
14 5.9k England
18 Jul 2007 7:53PM
A Beautiful presentation lovely detail light tones and composition.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2007 7:54PM

18 Jul 2007 7:56PM
Excellent work,
Shane136 14 63 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2007 8:10PM
Top shot, nice one

SueTurner 13 81 3 England
18 Jul 2007 8:10PM
what a great pose, and well done re your description - fame at last - and well deserved too

jaktis 14 84 Sweden
18 Jul 2007 8:12PM
The great conductor in action, superb

DYankee 12 6 United States
18 Jul 2007 8:12PM
Lovely graceful capture. What a beautiful image, and an excellent model.
Dawn Smile
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
18 Jul 2007 8:16PM
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
18 Jul 2007 8:28PM
Sounds as if it going alright Greg, good luck. Ron.
Danny_Peters 11 159 England
18 Jul 2007 8:35PM
Sounds like things are going well. Nice one
Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2007 8:53PM
Outstanding detail and superb shot.

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
18 Jul 2007 9:07PM
Wonderful Greg.
C_Daniels 13 399 10 England
18 Jul 2007 9:10PM
Superb Greg!
scott_jessuk 12 249 1 Scotland
18 Jul 2007 9:10PM
Nice shot Greg, looks great. Good luck with the photography work and I look forward to seeing some some new shots.

TyChee 13 275 1 United States
18 Jul 2007 9:23PM
Excellent detail and presentation!
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2007 9:26PM
5. And how did you bribe the mantis into posing?
Let us have that bit of secret, too!

Terrific shot, Greg - and grats to your oncoming success. Well earned.

18 Jul 2007 9:28PM
Just brilliant Greg. Amazing stuff.

John Smile
rocky41 14 170 England
18 Jul 2007 10:03PM
fantastic pic
Chriscj 12 96 1 England
18 Jul 2007 10:30PM
Wonderful detail captured Greg.

MandsH 11 England
18 Jul 2007 11:08PM
This is amazing, you've captured it so well. Really pleased to hear your news
trissie 11 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2007 11:29PM
Amazing and brilliant Greg.
Good luck with your photography work.

Trish x
Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
18 Jul 2007 11:41PM
Beautiful clean shot. Excellent work.
NevP 12 853 13 Canada
18 Jul 2007 11:45PM
Terrific comp again resulting in an outstanding image. Good to hear of your well deserved success, if I can be of any assistance please let me know. Looking forward to seeing your eye turned to other subjects.
18 Jul 2007 11:55PM
Greg, he looks like a text book figure, excellent detail as usual.

Looking forward to seeing another side of your work.

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3894 Canada
19 Jul 2007 2:05AM
Looks like youve discovered the secret to mantis training Greg, - looks like he/shes begging.

A_Harrison 13 261 Canada
19 Jul 2007 5:24AM
Nice work. looks like a conductor or did the movie A Bugs Life skew my perception of them


tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2007 6:08AM
Pure art!!!
A brilliant follow up Greg

ChristineL 13 39 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2007 7:55AM
a great pose Greg and another lovely image,
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
19 Jul 2007 8:10AM
Well done with the photography work Greg,I hope it's a big success for you.
Lovely shot here & so well set up.Do I detect a couple of dust bunnys on the lower left?
Nice lighting & good use of that flash..I'm getting to know mine a little better now!
Maddie 13 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2007 8:51AM
super Greg
paulcr 13 1.5k 9 Ireland
19 Jul 2007 10:37AM
Just fantastic. Love it. Paul
Phoebecat 12 1 Italy
19 Jul 2007 12:01PM
Unbelieveably wonderful!

plugin 13 1 Canada
19 Jul 2007 2:09PM
Stunning.. great shot!
nutmar 12
19 Jul 2007 2:11PM
Cracking shot Greg... really like it
RipleyExile 15 1.6k 17 England
19 Jul 2007 4:05PM
Looks a bit like a dog begging for scraps from the table.
AlanBW 12 20 England
19 Jul 2007 4:11PM
Wonderful capture Greg, so clear and well defined
panda 14 5 1 England
19 Jul 2007 4:52PM
Great stuff Greg, could almost be one of those intricate paintings done by naturalists before the days of photography.

User_Removed 15 39 6 Scotland
19 Jul 2007 7:44PM
The BEST in its class.

Pegon 12 78 1 England
19 Jul 2007 11:08PM
A superb image Greg.
19 Jul 2007 11:58PM
Another cracking shot of this little beast ... looks like he is performing some kind of martial arts here! Congrats on all ur up and coming business Greg .. good luck hope it all goes really well for you! Click*
Alison_S Plus
12 339 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2007 7:40AM
Beautifully that pose! Smile

claret 14 49 England
20 Jul 2007 8:54AM
Almost expected it to be wearing frock-coat and spectacles - it has that look about it.
20 Jul 2007 1:56PM
great shot, looks like he getting ready for a fight

billma 14 119 United States
20 Jul 2007 2:38PM
Certainly a stunning shot. The set up is brilliant.

hayleyk 13 56 England
20 Jul 2007 2:53PM
Well done on your EC Greg,love the composition.
chrissd 12 304 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2007 6:02PM
another scorcher Greg, if you need some flower shots, you know where i am Smile
JouŠo 14 56 Finland
20 Jul 2007 6:53PM
I´m glad Pete agrees with me.........

bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
20 Jul 2007 7:30PM
top notch - CONGRATS
nagyve 11 1 England
20 Jul 2007 8:11PM
'Wow' captures this! Michael
Possum 11 148 England
20 Jul 2007 10:19PM
A wonderful EC, Greg - he sat up and posed perfectly for you! Superb lighting yet again.
LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
21 Jul 2007 2:38AM
Absolute stunner, good luck on your upcoming ventures Greg, I know you will do great. Congrats on a well deserved EC. Smile

glazzaro 13 70 23 United States
21 Jul 2007 4:08AM
Thanks Pete

Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
21 Jul 2007 6:21AM
Made me smile Greg . Such an amusing bug . Love the grass and the background .

Congratulations on the EC xx
User_Removed 13 825 Lithuania
21 Jul 2007 6:31AM
best of luck to you Greg!... hope things go from strength to strength!!
Philip_P 13 71 1 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2007 10:29AM
Stunning Shot, congrat's on EC
looboss 11 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2007 12:13PM
Truly amazing shot! Can say no more than has been already said.
Nick-T 12 45 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2007 12:25PM
Really nice shot. All the info you give as well is great and really helps people like myself to improve my photography.
imagio 11 12 1 England
21 Jul 2007 1:11PM
Awesome worth the EC

csr 11 3 England
21 Jul 2007 3:51PM
Lovely shot can say no more than has been said
Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
21 Jul 2007 5:25PM
Love the pose,superb shot.
JuliaB 13 110 2 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2007 6:15PM
flippin ace
wyatturp 12 2 England
21 Jul 2007 8:27PM
Missed this one SORRY!! Dr who of the insect world, well done EC--- SIR Greg-----------lolSmile

DougSmile---super detail---------Hang on wall now.
ginz04 14 281 20 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2007 8:08PM
GillyB Plus
13 317 8 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2007 11:30PM
Congrats on your EC Greg!

gill Smile
GlenD 11 United States
23 Jul 2007 5:39AM
Nice one Greg. Nice to hear you good news, good luck to ya mate. Congrats on the EC too
23 Jul 2007 9:25AM
ouch ! this is goooooood
23 Jul 2007 9:33AM
Greg, Well done on the POTW. Well deserved for such a cracking good shot.

pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2007 9:40AM
Missed this so I'm pleased to see it now with the POTW gong. Good luck with everything.
User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
23 Jul 2007 9:47AM
Congratulations on the 'POTW' selection Greg. A worthy winner.

bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
23 Jul 2007 9:58AM
Had to come back to this Greg it is a great piece of work. Looks like it could be playing a piano! Wink
Congrats on all awards - thoroughly deserved.
mattmatic 14 598
23 Jul 2007 10:39AM
Very "graphic" and fabulous pose!!
DiegoDesigns 12 117 6 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2007 3:04PM
Many congratulations on a fine piece of work. It's a well-deserved winner...

MarkyMarc 13 498 Canada
23 Jul 2007 6:30PM
Nicely done Greg. That's a pretty unique pose you've captured.

Minor correction on the title: it's 'praying' rather than 'preying'. =)

23 Jul 2007 7:13PM
You've struck gold here Greg, congratulations and good luck with your business.
23 Jul 2007 8:06PM
lovely clean shot Greg - conrats on EC

Dotrob 12 Wales
23 Jul 2007 10:57PM
Superb shot.
daffydill56 14 190 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2007 9:12AM
Looks like you will soon be giving up the day job! Great news Greg, and superb image too.

brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2007 5:28PM
Well, success seems to be streaming in...
Congratulations on all the awards. Well done!
HowardA 11 231
24 Jul 2007 5:32PM
First class. So clinical and an amazing pose. Congratulations on all the well-deserved awards.
JouŠo 14 56 Finland
24 Jul 2007 8:41PM
POTW! My warmest congratulations, Sir Greg......

User_Removed 14 239 7 England
25 Jul 2007 8:28AM
perfectly understated. a fabulous capture. exceptional.

Hugeknot 13 1.2k 2 Iceland
25 Jul 2007 11:57PM
A wonderful capture of a fascinating specimen. Congratulations on all those awards!
himalk 14 4 Sri Lanka
26 Jul 2007 9:05AM
Beautiful composition and great work Greg. Well done !!
Julian 13 76 3 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2007 9:38AM
Ok off to the studion for me... Makes me think...

I like the lines and use of space
Chriscj 12 96 1 England
26 Jul 2007 10:22AM
Congrats on your EC and POTW Greg.

TracyK 12 4 Netherlands
26 Jul 2007 5:28PM
Congrats on the Photo of the week. It deserves it.
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
26 Jul 2007 6:21PM
Hey Greg,
CONGRATULATIONS on getting Photo of the Week.
KBan 13 502 4 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2007 6:51PM
wow, congrats on all the awards Greg, very well deserved !!!!!
randomrubble 13 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2007 8:59PM
Top notch work.
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2007 9:53AM
Could be playing an invisible piano. Great work.

BEVZED 11 1.1k United Kingdom
28 Jul 2007 10:39AM
RC, EC, POTW, The quality is astounding, congratulations on the awards.
Continued success in future ventures Greg, they will not regret their choice of photographer!
liparig 13 233 United States
28 Jul 2007 11:49PM
WOW Simply Amazing shot
superphil 11 160
30 Jul 2007 2:05AM
I have just given up on this site.... this potw.

sputnki 14 10 Canada
2 Aug 2007 12:44AM
Great comp here Greg! Glad to hear things in the photo-side-biz are buzzing!

Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
3 Aug 2007 8:14AM
First time I've seen 3 awards on anyones photos Greg . WOW !! Congratulations xxxx
Dave87 Plus
11 42 5 England
11 Aug 2007 10:52PM
When a photo gets 166 clicks - what more can you say? Really pleased for you. Your photography is always worth every click.

madusa1 10
16 Aug 2007 1:29PM
Superp capture good work.
AlleyCatz 12 274 6 England
16 Aug 2007 3:08PM
In every way...a superb and stunning image Greg.

tuhin 11
17 Aug 2007 8:07AM
Beautiful shot.
svatos 10 Czech Republic
20 Aug 2007 12:38PM
best of
Goggz 11 2.3k 72 Wales
22 Aug 2007 1:08AM
Superb creation & execution!
Hope the mantis is being cared for too Wink

CHeers, Goggz
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
12 Sep 2007 6:30AM
...I have also been asked to get more diverse in my portfolio ....

Hey Greg, you may have to fly out for a few landscapes! Awesome shot by the way!

Great shot. Superb detail. Well done
Lance 11 24 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2007 6:36PM
I'm sure you've heard it before but this shot deserves another well done! It is simply fantastic! (Click!)
Dang, Greg.....This is Awesome!

What a cool looking shot, you've really outdone yourself.....Smile

Wait.....Did you happen to use peanut butter, it looks as tho his teeny tiny feetsies are sticking to some....LOL!

Sorry it's been so long, have so many shots to catch up on....Hoping all is well, Hello to you and Cesie.....Have a great weekend,
Suzan Smile
tonyheps 15 6 1
8 Nov 2007 11:26PM
Wht can I say - awesome! - tony
Stunning work done here! Well done!
23 Mar 2008 9:19PM
Just wonderful, Greg.
Hope you and the family had a great Easter.
Paddy 15 254 8 England
7 Jun 2008 5:46AM
Brilliant Greg, ... SmileP
cassiecat 10 39 46 England
11 Mar 2009 7:29PM
just spotted this, absolutely stunning, no wonder it got a EC and photo of the week ,congrats.lesley
14 Mar 2009 6:29AM
This kind shot of mantis i was looking for and HERE IT IS
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
8 Apr 2009 9:45PM
Well done !

Make a fortune !

TrevorH 11 1 United Kingdom
20 May 2009 10:26AM
Just wonderful.

1 Jun 2009 5:13AM
Well done, great shot

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