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Keith Kennedy
02-14-2008, 10:35 PM
This photograph was made on my backyard patio as this Chinese mantid was crawling around some potted flowers. Although the insect was not 'captive' in the strict sense, I did move the potted plant to a location which created a clean background so there was some 'manipulation' involved. I waited for the mantid to move to the top of the plant and before tripping the shutter. Note that the insect is missing part of a tarsus. This is an older image from a Canon D60 and even at ISO 100, it did require the use of Neat Image to reduce noise. The photograph also required additional work to remove some flash hot spots (obviously I did miss a few) and burn in some detail.
The original capture was a high resolution jpeg and I cropped the image significantly (60%). The mantid's pose reminds me of Johnny 5 from "Short Circuit".

Canon 70-200mm f/4 L at 115mm and Canon EOS D60; ISO 100; AV/Evaluative metering =0; 1/30s at f9.5; Canon 420 EX flash at -1 2/3; Bogen tripod.

edward saltau
02-15-2008, 12:30 AM
this head angle and eye contact are amazing. it's almost posing for you. great sharpness too, can't really notice the crop.

Jeroen Stel
02-15-2008, 02:38 AM
Great portrait of this impressive insect!
I do see some sort of "halo" around the head, perhaps due to some post processing such as shadow highlight.
Normally a centered position of the head would not be my favourite crop, but in this case it works extremely well!

Well done and thanks you for posting!


Jeroen Stel

John Cooper
02-15-2008, 04:16 AM
Yes Keith, a nice portrait of this mantid and sharp where it counts.

Robert O'Toole
02-15-2008, 05:51 AM
Good job Keith the composition and the pose are great.

Only minor detail about the head mentioned.


Arthur Morris
02-15-2008, 10:28 AM
Absolutely charming, and so, so sharp with a perfect BKGR.

My biggest suggestion: post more images!

later and love, artie

David Kennedy
02-15-2008, 01:49 PM
We just discussed the halo: it looks like a result of local contrast enhancement (USM 20% at 50 R).

Mike Moats
02-15-2008, 06:31 PM
Hey Keith, very cool portrait, love the pose.

Tony Kirkby
02-16-2008, 06:38 AM
Hi Keith very nice, great background, great details, great pose