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Say Cheese

By glazzaro  
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.


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

Tags: Bugs Nature General Close-up and macro Mantis Wildlife and nature

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andytvcams Plus
15 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2006 12:32AM


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10 Aug 2006 12:40AM
fantastic creature,beautiful shot.
10 Aug 2006 12:52AM
What a great shot! I love the way the colour of the mantis and plant stands out with the blurred background.
JohnHawthorne Plus
12 1.7k 5 Scotland
10 Aug 2006 12:57AM
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!

piccy Plus
11 8 Wales
10 Aug 2006 1:40AM
Such an excellent shot. He's a real professional judging by his stance. Good job he survived.
Dannyt Plus
11 66
10 Aug 2006 1:45AM
Great shot. I loved your commentary.
10 Aug 2006 1:55AM
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
great shot of this one Greg. love that you got good "eye contact"
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
10 Aug 2006 3:05AM
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
MaryMac Plus
11 258 1 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2006 3:57AM
another beautiful shot Greg
10 Aug 2006 4:03AM
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.
NevP Plus
12 853 13 Canada
10 Aug 2006 4:04AM
Another beautiful macro shot, great technique resulting in a fabulous image.
10 Aug 2006 4:50AM
They can strike such an arrogant pose can't they.

C_Daniels Plus
13 399 10 England
10 Aug 2006 6:00AM
Posing nicely for you there Greg - it is real I take it :O)

Well captured!
ChristineL 12 39 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2006 6:17AM
Fantastic shot Greg, superb clarity and colour,
10 Aug 2006 6:37AM
beautiful tones, detail and pose
bumbleb3 Plus
11 358 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2006 6:45AM
beautifully taken.great colours
10 Aug 2006 6:45AM
Lovely macro work wit great composition.

arnieg Plus
13 704 England
10 Aug 2006 6:48AM
beautiful image well captured
10 Aug 2006 7:14AM
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!

10 Aug 2006 7:24AM
Another stunning shot of this lovely insect,
You are so lucky to have so many to choose from,....Superb capture,

CanonMan Plus
16 524 4 England
10 Aug 2006 7:36AM
Lovely,detailed close up shot.
adderman Plus
11 8 1
10 Aug 2006 7:53AM
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.

10 Aug 2006 7:57AM
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).

VintageRed Plus
12 15 1 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2006 8:30AM
Cracking shot with excellent DOF. Nick.
Keelo Plus
14 18 Australia
10 Aug 2006 8:32AM
Love the composition of the imge and the pose of the Mantis, beautiful colour too. Excellent work Greg.
thorn Plus
13 124 2 Scotland
10 Aug 2006 9:00AM
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
Westers Plus
13 3.9k 1 Burkina Faso
10 Aug 2006 9:09AM
Certainly is one of my favourites of yours. Excellent pose you got from the little fella.
chrissd Plus
12 304 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2006 9:14AM
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
10 Aug 2006 9:28AM
thats the look I got when i shook one out of my trouser leg in india... great shot..
shane Plus
13 7 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2006 9:29AM
Hello Greg

brilliant as ever mate

AlanBW Plus
12 20 England
10 Aug 2006 9:30AM
Congrats on the HC, great pose in this shot
10 Aug 2006 10:25AM
A Beauty Greg...Well worth its HC....shoulda been an EC....easily
Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
10 Aug 2006 10:35AM
Far out Greg! Another stunning image my friend, and easily worthy of the HC it has received, top marks again!

10 Aug 2006 10:43AM
Stunning image i just love the detail you manage to achieve well captured!!

Coleslaw Plus
12 13.4k 28 Wales
10 Aug 2006 11:00AM
another classy shot, Greg
proberts Plus
13 218 4 Wales
10 Aug 2006 11:06AM
Excellent capture Greg,fabulous detail and pose.Congrats on the HC.
jaktis Plus
14 84 Sweden
10 Aug 2006 11:20AM
So great that it is hard to comment

pfheyes Plus
13 254 1 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2006 11:53AM
An 'EC' in my book - the 'pose' is pretty much perfect.

10 Aug 2006 12:03PM
class photo
Jou©o Plus
13 56 Finland
10 Aug 2006 12:08PM
you sure deserve all the possible awards, Sir Gregory!


10 Aug 2006 12:46PM
Very fine work Greg, you produce these shots with ease, this one has such an artistic pose, excellent shot, Adrian
Jaye Plus
12 3
10 Aug 2006 1:06PM
Well deserved H.C he looks so real as if I could touch him fabulous photography...Judith
glazzaro Plus
13 70 23 United States
10 Aug 2006 1:08PM
Thanks Pete

A Fantastic shot,really brilliant.I would like to come and take photos in your garden,it sounds great.
Glostopcat Plus
11 255 2 England
10 Aug 2006 4:13PM
Cracking shot, like the look he's giving you. Congratulations on a well deserved HC award
10 Aug 2006 4:20PM
One word WOW!

ericfaragh Plus
14 147 4 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2006 5:06PM
Marvellously detailled capture, well done.
10 Aug 2006 5:35PM
Ha ha, what a poser!
John (-:
tull Plus
14 181 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2006 7:07PM
Congrat's on a well deserved HC Greg.

10 Aug 2006 7:30PM
Oh Greg, what a cracker! I hope they are still there next year.

jan 1 Plus
13 12 Netherlands
10 Aug 2006 7:49PM
Ask him to pray for us, Greg. Congratulation.
SueTurner Plus
13 81 3 England
10 Aug 2006 7:52PM
really like this, one of my favourites so far
10 Aug 2006 8:45PM
Fantastic capture and image!
10 Aug 2006 10:51PM
Greg, again a superb shot. Very green this one and you have caught him poised just right.

claret Plus
13 49 England
11 Aug 2006 7:53AM
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.
chase Plus
12 1.1k 246 England
11 Aug 2006 9:16AM
Beautiful image Greg,claity,detail,composition & dof.
Now don't cut the grass again !!
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
11 Aug 2006 11:52AM
Superb capture again Greg. These insects form such amazing patterns with their bodies.

tim g Plus
14 13 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2006 12:05PM
Wonderful photo, well presented as always.

Chriscj Plus
12 96 1 England
11 Aug 2006 1:30PM
Congrats again on your HC much deserved.

11 Aug 2006 3:28PM
Great shot Greg..the detail is stunning..

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
11 Aug 2006 4:08PM
You have most defiantly got the hang of it.....
This is superb.

panda Plus
13 5 1 England
11 Aug 2006 4:09PM
Stunning capture, wonderful image, first class as ever Greg.

Regards Phil
Maddie Plus
12 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2006 8:43PM
super greg well done on the HC
Pegon Plus
12 78 1 England
11 Aug 2006 10:42PM
Superb detail and clarity Greg. Congratulations on the HC.
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1986 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2006 11:09PM
Phenomenal, just thought it was blades of grass in thumbnail.
Gecko Plus
11 25 Australia
12 Aug 2006 7:27AM
Absolutely stunning!! Congrats on both awards. Pam
KBan Plus
12 501 4 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2006 3:47PM
quality shot!!!!
I wish we had all the wildlife in our back garden, it would be great! Another great shot.
liparig Plus
13 233 United States
18 Aug 2006 8:20PM
wow wow wow amazing photo
20 Aug 2006 7:02AM
Truly marvellous capture and an astounding composition.

bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
22 Aug 2006 9:52AM
great capture and titel....

scott_jessuk 12 249 1 Scotland
27 Aug 2006 8:14AM
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.

Great pose!! hehehe
PatrickSmith Plus
13 1.2k 2 United States
30 Aug 2006 4:09AM
The bright head on the dark background make this one work.
14 Sep 2006 11:15AM
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.


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