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2010-09-19 - MANTIS by novectors 2010-09-19 - MANTIS by novectors
a slight crop of the original shot, taken at a local Starbucks...

this lil fella was just strolling along the tabletop,
and seemed to "pose" for me as soon as I set the camera
on the edge of the table, lol
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Harry-E-Hooper Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
excellent photo!
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novectors Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
appreciated, and agreed...

it's interesting to me that the shots i can easiest understand
a compliment on are the ones I'm least willing to accept
credit for as photographic "art"...

I have mixed feelings about taking credit for this one,
simply because it's almost 100% "journalism", best of 3 shots...
heck, it wasn't even me who saw this little fellow in the first place;
I just happened to have the camera...

to my mind, photographic "art" should require a bit of "staging"...
this sort of "random grab" is almost too easy to call "my work"...

even in "post", all I really did was to crop it "just so"
and to heat up the color a bit...

in fact, the most demanding thing I did was to employ
a moderate Gaussian Blur (faded to "Color"),
to ease the "banding" which occurs in some of the
original shot's (not-quite-this-vivid) background lighting...
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Harry-E-Hooper Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
I understand what you are saying, Lonnie...and see your point.

But, to me, I believe that the main skills of an artist are in recognizing art, if you will....in other words....you take twenty five shots...and looking through them...your artistic eye, spots a great one...and then maybe you crop it and even mess with some more digatally...and voila! a great work of art!...

And, this applies to painters too....they may begin the painting and guide the development but, it is their artist's eye...that creates the work, just as with a photographer...both are involved with with a different but equally wonderful type of artwork...

and the skill is in the eye...(eye=mind)
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novectors Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'd kill for my youngest daughter's "eye"... she has the "timer" in her head that tells her exactly when to hit the shutter...
I can compose a shot, but i often miss "the moment" in the composing...

in fact, had this little fellow not struck and held this pose for me, I'd have missed THIS shot in the composing, no doubt...
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Harry-E-Hooper Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
I just click away....
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vikette Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Aw. He looks like he's wandering the mean streets of 'bucks.
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novectors Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
"they told me there was a Starbucks around here somewhere...?"
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Coolok Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Great!
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ralfw666 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Incredible capture.... didn't know Mantis prefer Starbucks =D
The background looks great....
Ralf
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AnaturalBeauty Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, what a great photo! When I was little I was actually afraid of these guys... hehe
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