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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!
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...
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 other 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)
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...
Harry-E-Hooper Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
I just click away....
vikette Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Aw. He looks like he's wandering the mean streets of 'bucks.
novectors Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
"they told me there was a Starbucks around here somewhere...?"
Coolok Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
ralfw666 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Incredible capture.... didn't know Mantis prefer Starbucks =D
The background looks great....
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
Pen-and-mouse Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
I LOVE THIS!:squee: You've captured such an unusual scene so amazingly, it's so great :love:
gishstudio Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
that's incredible! what a great oppurtunity and fantastic bokeh :)
novectors Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
we actually had quite a few such opportunities at my Starbucks... all one had to do was keep a camera at the ready...
Cr2O3 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
and i thought
it was a mantis runing over a gutter at the beginning of a street with closing cars
(you spoiled it a little =P)

novectors Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
maybe, but such "spoilers" are meant to give others ideas, and info on how to achieve a similar (and/or better) result...
Cr2O3 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
is cool that you explain your doings
i try to do that myself (but i just feel noone is reading this; as i myself seldomly read that stuph ;))

to me the pic was just more magical without it
thats all

Jim-Zombie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Mantis has always been a favourite of mine. Seems our little friends are adapting to a new world. Are those lights from the street, or from the kiosk/kitchen? Either way you have wonderfully captured an interesting moment here.
novectors Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
streetlights from a few hundred yards, across the street from the location of the shot...
manar1 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
nice shot :iconsmilieplz:
K-chan619 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love his eyes X3 hehe!
sParzZ Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
haha awesome XD
FaintSketches Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional Writer
Love the background!! Not a typical background for a shot of a Mantis.
novectors Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
glad to have your input!

it's just the patio outside the Starbucks' I used to work at...
we saw a good many "critters" at that store,
due to its proximity to a green and undeveloped hillside property...

my (camera's) POV looked out towards the street,
taking in the nearby intersection and signal / street lights...
of course, with the digicam in macro mode,
the best it could do is show the lights across the way as colored "glowballs"...

in summary, I got the shot I wanted of the Mantis,
with the added bonus of what I call a "Happy Accident*" for a background...


*Happy Accident - Film Director John Ford once referred to the making a film as a series of "Happy Accidents"...
(most of my best photos can be described the same way)
Honey23530 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
He's a very cute Mantis:D
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