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praying mantis

Posted by
Stefan (Thiersee, Austria) on 25 June 2009 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

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Rags from Plano, United States

Makes me want to pray

25 Jun 2009 5:25am

Daryl Johnson from Farnham, United Kingdom

A very striking shot.

25 Jun 2009 5:40am

zOOm from Paris, France

Exceptionnal shot ! The blue hint conveys an axraterrestrial mood to your image. Well done. 5 stars for me.

25 Jun 2009 6:05am

Reiner from Germany

Die Perspektive ist gut gewählt und die Verarbeitung ist phantastisch. Tolle Arbeit.

25 Jun 2009 6:20am

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

wow!....what an amazing image with the mantis set against that beautiful landscape in the background. The blue tint certainly gives it a night time feeling.

25 Jun 2009 7:27am

Zahai from Berlin, Germany

oha, impressive. looks gigantic.

25 Jun 2009 8:42am

Andrew Strikis from Hobart, Australia

Well captured!

25 Jun 2009 10:31am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

We've got the same bug and tomorrow I've got one in the same color toning ... what a coincidence! Wonderful praying mantis and the composition is great with the view in the distance!

25 Jun 2009 11:35am

Elora from Genoa, Italy

What an amazing image, the mantis in front of this incredible background is absolutely breathtaking!

25 Jun 2009 12:18pm

Vachel from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

amazing shot with nice lighting and well composed...

25 Jun 2009 1:27pm

marc from Granby, Canada

stunning shot well done...amazing atmosphere ......

25 Jun 2009 1:31pm

Leah Armstrong from Italy

WOW! I love it! These creatures amaze me and this is a great shot! I love the blue tones and light!

25 Jun 2009 2:09pm

Aaron from Orem, United States

Wow, very nice. Yikes, I think he's looking at me...

25 Jun 2009 3:28pm

Pierre from Mâcon, France

Very nice

25 Jun 2009 4:57pm

lydia from Paris, France

Superb !!!

25 Jun 2009 5:01pm

Vinay from Bangalore, India

A great dramatic capture! The amount of vignetting is also too good... suits the photo perfectly.

25 Jun 2009 5:56pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Hallo, Stefan ! Wo hast du denn diese Gottesanbeterin gefunden ? Du machst dann natürlich gleich ein dramatisches Bild daraus. Bist ein echter Künstler ! Gruß Sonja

25 Jun 2009 6:45pm

Graham Russon from Cape Town, South Africa

Wow that is cool, has a very futuristic surreal feel to it. Nice one.

25 Jun 2009 7:23pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran


25 Jun 2009 8:09pm

Ti from Alpharetta, United States

Nice "Jurassic Park" feeling I got from it, like he's the last survivor on this planet...

25 Jun 2009 8:49pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal


25 Jun 2009 9:06pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Looks like you interrupted his prayers. Used to see these all the time when I was a kid....haven't seen a live one in years.

25 Jun 2009 9:51pm

Asadallah from Roudan, Iran

Beautiful shot, with lovely light and composition

25 Jun 2009 11:05pm

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Wow!! Perfect. Great capture!

26 Jun 2009 12:43am

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

a faaabulous shot and composite! gorgeous processing!! bravo bravo!!!

26 Jun 2009 2:47am

Lila from Hawaii, United States

Wow! This is definitely the best photo I've seen all day!. Not only perfectly posed and captured mantis, but incredible background, lighting, and colors as well.

26 Jun 2009 3:33am

Mags from France

Wonderful one!
You did it so well, I love everything, compo, light, contrast, it's great!

26 Jun 2009 9:41am

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Very impressive. He /she looks so powerful and regal in this.

26 Jun 2009 5:19pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Great impact here. Beautiful work!

27 Jun 2009 12:43am

Dulcie from Danville, United States

A very original presentation...feels like outer space. Very impressive.

27 Jun 2009 1:06am

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Incredible work and tones in this image!

27 Jun 2009 3:14am

frederique from Nancy, France

look unreal like this .... like somewhere on a far away planet ....................
good job

27 Jun 2009 9:11am

Hervé from Juvisy, France

Great shot and superb mood!!

27 Jun 2009 10:07am

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Excellent! The background makes the image!!

27 Jun 2009 1:36pm

Leena from Joensuu, Finland

I agree Frederique - unreal feeling in this photo - a little creepy even I am a biologist :)
Well done!

27 Jun 2009 5:50pm

Cindy from Princeton, United States

Wow!!! It is like wathing a Scifi movie.

28 Jun 2009 3:19pm

E.B from VOUZIERS, France

Vraiment c'est une superbe photographie et je crois que je n'ai encore rien vu de tel...
Toutes mes félicitations pour cette photo ainsi que votre portfolio !!!

29 Jun 2009 6:31pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

Perfect .very very good shot and good angle and good light and good figure , ... perfect.
Thanks for sharing :)

29 Jun 2009 8:39pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Superb !! Love the mood and the blue tone.

29 Jun 2009 9:06pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Back in the days of hippies and free love (of which I got none :-) I had a florescent poster of one of these creatures that was just beautiful under black light. This is a great photo.

30 Jun 2009 12:26am

Marie from FRESNES, France

impressionnante, et belle, cette composition

1 Jul 2009 10:42am

Grahame from Mt Maunganui, New Zealand

One of my favourite critters.
Love the shades of blue.
Neat image.

6 Jul 2009 12:31am

rA from 大连(Dalian), China

It's fantastic! how could you shoot this! so great!

6 Jul 2009 1:25am

Laralo from Vanves, France

That is. One. Awesome. Photo.

7 Jul 2009 12:41pm

luwi from Innsbruck, Austria

wenn ich nicht wüste wie große dieses tier in wirklichkeit ist, würde ich jetzt angst bekommen. großarftiges bild, der blauton und die unschärfe des hintergrundes überzeugen mich.

9 Jul 2009 5:12am

awil from france, France


17 Jul 2009 6:02am

Sadaf Agah from tehran, Iran

Wow , beautiful macro shot

21 Jul 2009 6:59am

Irene from Les Coteaux, France

Very impressive ! Your portfolio is really marvellous.

28 Jul 2009 4:34pm

Carlos from Riva de Ruesga, Spain

a great picture of a small world.

30 Jul 2009 8:55pm

om from Belize

Great shot and great processing.

28 Sep 2009 9:24am

lare from kangasala, Finland

Oh my god, this is not from real world ?!
Although it is. Thanks for extraordinary lesson for photographing and composing.
But looks like you have already realised all the god composition ideas :)
Well - I'm worthless !

12 Nov 2009 3:38pm