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FA* 200/4 Macro and Praying Mantis feeding (aka savory shots - round II)
Posted By: Marc Langille, 08-31-2009, 06:53 PM

Here is the first installment of images for the Praying Mantis series: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/69870-praying-mantis-fee...tml#post724995

Recap: this Mantid was a larger specimen at 4 inches in length. Literally within 30 seconds of setting him on an outdoor umbrella plant, a hapless bee swung by to investigate the camera gear. With blinding reflexes, the bee was captured within the blink of an eye! Taken with the K10D, ISO 100 or 200, F/11 to F/13, EV 0, with flash. No sharpening! No cropping unless otherwise stated.

I promised some "savory shots", aka dismembering of the bee by the Mantid... They are near the bottom!





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Still even more graphic images to come... shots of the Mantis dining on the bee - head first…

Regards,
Marc

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09-03-2009, 07:53 PM   #16
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Impressive
Sune, thank you and it was a real treat for the two of us!

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Astonishing images in both series Marc, you sure do get along with that lens. Thanks for posting both series.
Thank you Heinrich and it's something else regarding the structure of this predator - very intriguing!

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Great shots Marc, truly gruesome. love that lens
John, this is "savory". The next round is gruesome...

The FA* 200/4 Macro is coming to Utah!

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Wow! Those are scary. I feel like I am the next miniature on the menu.
Nice...

Thanks for looking and commenting - both of you!

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09-06-2009, 06:24 PM   #18
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we need some of that 50's horror music...... aaaaaarrrggggghhhhhh!!!
super series.....
Nice...

Thanks for the comments!

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All that prarying appears to pay off - Outstanding series Marc.
Thank you Dave - much appreciated.

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The Maestro of Macro scores again! Fabulous images, eager to see what you come up with next!

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love the portraits of her as she feeds - she eats her male counterpart in the same way after some procreation fun

Dylan
Thank you Dylan - actually I've never seen that act, only due to not seeing many of them. Of course, I only saw my second (smaller) specimen tonight...

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Excellent shots. In #3, it looks like she is looking right into the camera - man, that's a great portrait.
Frank, thank you and glad you enjoyed the series!

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Marc
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