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Knowing Glance

By glazzaro  
Hi All

Well not much to shoot around here, the winds were strong all weekend, running at about 40 mph. Its tough standing and trying to shoot anything. Took the wife to a flower garden in Longwood PA., she loved it, got a lot of good shots too. I got a few but will hold off until winter when I am desperate to post something! Wink Since the rains and winds have been pretty much keeping us inside I invited a Preying Mantis in for some shots, in turn for his services I have to give him a cricket or two. Seems fair enough, got the model release. Wink Well I have to get back to work, see you all out on the site.


Camera Settings:

Location: Middletown, Delaware (Backyard)
Special Equipment: N/A
Processing: Shadows, highlights, saturation and contrast.
Weather: Clear Skies.
Tripod : Yes
Camera: Nikon D2X
Lens : Nikon 50mm
Focal Len : 50mm
Flash : No
Exposure Mode : Manual Mode
Metering Mode : Multi Pattern
Exposure : 0
Shutter : 1/25
F Stop : F 7.1
ISO : 200

Tags: Insects General Close-up and macro United states Preying mantis Wildlife and nature

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A_Harrison 15 261 Canada
30 Oct 2006 3:29PM
These things always remind me of some kind of martial arts master.

Very nice shot again


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SueTurner 15 81 3 England
30 Oct 2006 3:29PM
excellent detail Greg
Elimare 15 12
30 Oct 2006 3:31PM
Brilliant shot, I like the excellent details.
PatrickSmith 15 1.2k 2 United States
30 Oct 2006 3:32PM
The idea of showing the right forearm in extra sharp focus really make the shot as far as I'm concerned. This is about as good as it gets. I'm sure you have new ones that I've missed but I've been putting in new windows lately. I'll check them out later. Not much time for EPZ....

30 Oct 2006 3:35PM
WOW, Greg........That is some kind of close-up you've got going......Detail and Colours are excellent!

Cheers and hope all is well.......Suzan Smile
christabella 16 133 1 England
30 Oct 2006 3:36PM
great detail
C_Daniels Plus
15 399 10 England
30 Oct 2006 3:44PM
Like the title - a look seen all to often Smile

Fantastic capture, looks formidable!
49er 14 564
30 Oct 2006 3:51PM
Perfect shot. Stunning..

Click.... great PF
JouŠo 16 56 Finland
30 Oct 2006 3:57PM
scary little fellow, Sir Greg..........


chrissd 14 304 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2006 4:12PM
totally top shot, the pose is amazing and so sharp you could cut yourself lol
ChristineL 15 39 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2006 4:22PM
is this before or after the cricket? He looks pretty smug!
Great shot Greg,
NevP 14 853 13 Canada
30 Oct 2006 4:27PM
Superb shot Greg, great framing but most of all perfect plane of focus. V Nice!
pcjackso Junior Member 15 7
30 Oct 2006 4:38PM
Love these insects they are great models.A super shot.
30 Oct 2006 5:03PM
Great shot! Fantastic detail!
jaktis 16 84 Sweden
30 Oct 2006 6:05PM
Great pin sharp details on the leg

tmann 15 4 2 United States
30 Oct 2006 6:09PM
my goodness the detail can't get any better!!!
Stunning to view!!!!
jules41 16 197 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2006 6:13PM
Fabulous detail and colour Greg,a superbly captured shot
Rachy1821 14 3 England
30 Oct 2006 6:19PM
Stunning close up with amazing detail and colour!!

scott_jessuk 14 249 1 Scotland
30 Oct 2006 7:08PM
Great shot Greg, great sharpness and colour.

Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
30 Oct 2006 7:10PM
An excellent detailed capture Greg
tull 17 181 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2006 7:19PM
Remarkable detail and dof Greg.

daffydill56 16 190 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2006 7:22PM
Another brilliant image from you Greg. Just keep 'em coming!!

30 Oct 2006 7:54PM
PLCimagery 14 77 1 England
30 Oct 2006 7:55PM
stunning detail once again
trissie 13 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2006 7:59PM
Amazing capture and pin sharp detail.

Trish x
KBan 15 512 4 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2006 8:13PM
spot on Greg
ginz04 16 281 20 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2006 8:21PM
wow wow
thorn 15 124 2 Scotland
30 Oct 2006 8:28PM
Hi Greg,your praying mantis looks as though he wants to stay on the pay roll,must have been good crickets.Did you photograph the crickets first?Class work and composition.Take care.AnnSmile
thankyou for your kind comments,much appreciated.
Going to look at Tony's skeletal remains
BarbaraB 15 53 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2006 9:08PM
Amazing!! Love it!
bunbeam 14 2 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2006 9:28PM
Possum Plus
13 148 England
30 Oct 2006 10:54PM
Viewed large, the detail is awesome. Fantastic image.
GillyB Plus
15 317 8 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2006 11:35PM
Fantastic capture Greg, good control of DoF!

yjjeep 16 13
30 Oct 2006 11:42PM
Super detail in the eye and a cool pose.
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
31 Oct 2006 1:22AM
Incredible detail-- Excellent camera work!

I went to a sporting chain store today called Gander Mt. They had some deer heads and a cool stuffed coyote, but nothing like the Cabelas scenery.
CP_01 14 1
31 Oct 2006 4:29AM
Brilliant Great job!
wyatturp 14 2 England
31 Oct 2006 7:52AM
Was he in Dr who -------------great detail .

31 Oct 2006 8:21AM
Very well taken Greg, these creatures certainly look menacing, excellent presentation, Adrian
AlanBW 14 20 England
31 Oct 2006 9:10AM
Marvellous detail Greg
31 Oct 2006 10:12AM
great close up and detail,well caught
franken Plus
17 5.1k 4 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2006 10:45AM
Wow! Truly stunning!

angelamary 14 6 England
31 Oct 2006 11:50AM
Wonderful details of a gorgeous creature. Well caught!
Desh_M 15 410
31 Oct 2006 11:57AM
Stunning, like an odd alien playing a piano
well taken
exposure Plus
16 6.0k England
31 Oct 2006 12:55PM
A Lovely composition background tones d.o.f
and mantis detail.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
31 Oct 2006 2:06PM
Incredible detail. PAul
bricurtis Plus
15 2.3k 50 England
31 Oct 2006 2:56PM
Cracking detail on the head in large V.Love the body shape too.

jan 1 16 12 Netherlands
31 Oct 2006 4:48PM
Hello Greg.
Thanks for the nice story, lovely to read.
Very good shot of the Mantis.
georg 15 4 South Africa
31 Oct 2006 6:46PM
what a great picture.
StrayCat 16 19.1k 3 Canada
31 Oct 2006 7:31PM
Another excellent shot Greg. Wish we had those things here, although they'd be frozen by now, windchill of -18 C this morning.
REKLAW 15 3 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2006 7:45PM
great close up work Greg,fine dtail.
chase Plus
14 1.6k 392 England
31 Oct 2006 7:50PM
Where DO you find your models Greg?? Lovely exposure & dof.
sputnki 16 10 Canada
1 Nov 2006 1:12AM
All he needs is a little sign around his neck: "Will model for food"!

Maddie 15 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2006 11:32AM
excellent close up
Pegon 15 78 1 England
1 Nov 2006 10:12PM
Excellent detail and colour Greg, well shot.
2 Nov 2006 1:26AM
First rate macro Greg! Super detail and head pose!

steve neil 15 597 Australia
2 Nov 2006 6:27AM
Fab Fab SmileSmile
User_Removed 15 825 Lithuania
3 Nov 2006 1:48PM
7 Nov 2006 4:12AM
excellent detail.I hope that you and Cessie enter photo contests on two do great you show your work at galleries or offer them for sale? I think they'd do well.
Hawkgenes 15 10 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2006 7:38PM
Well, he posed so well for those crickets and you make an incredible job of his picture. Just superb


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