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Preying Mantice

By Paul_cats
No help with the ID required on this one. Its a preying mantice. Never realised how difficult it is to get a good shot of one of these. They normally hide under leaves and the bg is usually awful. Was luck enough to catch this one on the edge of a leaf with the sunlight shining through it. Now my partner says that my choice of border spoils the shot but IMHO it does not. She says it needs no border at all but I disagree. Please tell me what you think and thanks for looking. Comments good or bad all welcome. Shot is hand held 1/200 f10 ISO200
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Tags: General Close-up and macro Wildlife close up Preying mantice Wildlife and nature

Voters: Anouska, jaspernina, sandrish and 20 more


Anouska 13
15 Jun 2007 6:38PM
I like the border, it works well with the colours an composition Smile Great shot.

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jaspernina 13 1.0k Wales
15 Jun 2007 6:54PM
Great capture and good presentation. Well done..


sandrish 16 36 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2007 7:17PM
I think this is a superb shot once again and although I am a "border person" I think this would still be terrific without. However, I have uploaded a MOD with a red stroke and white border as an alternative.

KarenFB Plus
13 5.4k 175 England
15 Jun 2007 7:35PM
This is absolutely gorgeous! The background is perfect, as is the insect. I shall sit on the wall regarding the doesn't really need it, but it is subtle. Smile
BertC Plus
13 29 Malta
15 Jun 2007 9:39PM
Terrific work ...lovely detail.
15 Jun 2007 10:00PM
Excellent capture,
SueWB 13 England
15 Jun 2007 10:40PM
'Tis a lovely shot - think it would have been just as good without the frame lines, but they don't detract from the image as they are very subtle!
15 Jun 2007 11:51PM
excellent capture hun. Very good colours and very clear image.

Dee Smile
chrissd 14 304 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2007 5:51AM
fantastic image Paul, superb
Herge88 Plus
12 40 6 England
16 Jun 2007 6:30PM
I like borders and this one is fine.

Best Matt
16 Jun 2007 8:28PM
Brilliant! I think the border would look nice if the same colour was around the edge of the pic aswell or nothing. Sorry.
PLCimagery 13 77 1 England
17 Jun 2007 8:43AM
Not keen on the framing as I think it detracts from what is otherwise a nicely detailed image which is well composed.
Tony_Baloni 14 9 1 Scotland
17 Jun 2007 4:10PM
What a Cracking Image...!

I like the way the strong lighting has made the insect almost translucent showing "bone" structure within the arms. A bonny shot.

As for the border, since you asked, I'd say no. Mainly because it obstructs my view of the twig, is too near the front arm and the background is superb.

angelamary 14 6 England
18 Jun 2007 10:42AM
Beautiful creature. Well caught!

(To have these wild in the garden as well as dragonflies is just sooo unfair!) Smile

Re: border... Must confess, I'm not a fan of tan... or of the inside the border blur, but a dark green or a single black on the edge would help 'zing'out the subject?
AlanBW 14 20 England
18 Jun 2007 2:54PM
Wonderful capture Paul, fine detail and colours
thorn 15 124 2 Scotland
18 Jun 2007 8:06PM
Good eyes and focus and macro work.Class shot.Take care.AnnSmile

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