The Hunter #1

© Dennis Gay

The Hunter #1

Uploaded: December 21, 2010


A slow and steady Archimantis latistyla (Stick Mantis) freezes in mid-stride on a Monstera deliciosa leaf.

This close-up study of a garden predator was made in the backyard on my home in Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia on a very grey, very dull early summer afternoon.

Canon EOS 40D & Canon 28-135 USM IS Lens: RAW, Manual settings of f/25 @ 1/250sec, 115mm, ISO 100, TTL pop-up flash, Hand held.
Lightroom 2.2 & Photoshop CS3.


Exif: F Number: 25, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/250 seconds, Flash: fired, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 100, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 115.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 40D


Dennis Gay December 21, 2010

THE MAKING OF 'The Hunter #1':

I had not been on a Nature safari in my backyard for a while so after I arrived home from a trip to town I set my camera up for close-ups and headed off into the 'jungle'.
A dragonfly flitted passed me and landed somewhere in the Monstera so I sidled around the rather large plant hunting for it. I spotted the dragonfly but it was a bit twitchy and took off so I looked around for something - anything - else for a subject. As I slowly turned my head to the right I don't know who got the biggest shock, me or the Mantid, as our eyes met and we both froze. As the species are slow movers I was able to make a few shots from different angles and at different distances but I feel this one to be the most dramatic and revealing of the series.


Dennis #1337466

Robert Jensen December 21, 2010

Great capture and timing #9117940

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe December 21, 2010

Fantastic detail and capture Dennis! Jeff #9118075

Arthur Bohlmann December 21, 2010

Oustanding image with great detail. #9118397

Carla Capra Anderson level-classic December 21, 2010

Hi Dennis;
I agree this is a Great, Fantastic, Outstanding Capture.
;) CC #9118917

Dennis Gay December 21, 2010

Yowza *ROBERT*, *JEFF*, *ARTHUR* & *CARLA*!!!!

Great to see you all on my backyard bug hunt.
Many, many, many, many Aussie thanks for your combined uplifting and inspiring feedback on my marauding Mantid.

Dennis #9119094

Douglas Pignet December 22, 2010

Lovely capture with great clarity and colors...Great macro.. #9119295

Hayden Cannon level-classic December 22, 2010

Great capture Dennis, very nice colors, lighting, comp and details fantastic capture! #9119509

Dennis Gay December 22, 2010

By Crikey *MR EDITOR*!!!!!!!!!!

Many mega Aussie thanks for awarding my Mantid a PICK!

Dennis #9120587

Dennis Gay December 22, 2010

Greetings *DOUGLAS* & *HAYDEN*!!

Grand to see you both in my backyard playing peek-a-boo with the locals.
My biggest, bestest thanks for the encouragement and support of your comboned great feedback on this stealthy close-up.

Dennis #9120589

Dennis Gay January 18, 2011

Donner und Blitzen Herr Editor!!!!!

Massive Aussie thanks for elevating my stealthy Mantid to the *FINALIST* status!!!!!
Dennis #9172395

Karen Celella level-deluxe January 19, 2011

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Dennis. #9173708

Arthur Bohlmann January 19, 2011

CONGRALUATIONS Dennis, well deserved #9174067

Lydia Williams level-deluxe January 19, 2011

Hi Dennis,
I remember seeing plenty of these Walking Sticks in my younger days...have not seen many lately...but glad to see this one...well done..Congratulations! Hope to see more.. #9175060

Carla Capra Anderson level-classic January 19, 2011

This is wonderful, Dennis.
;) CC #9175220

Kim Andelkovic January 19, 2011

Totally O U T S T A N D I N G super congrats Denis.......its a gold for sure :-) #9176822

Patrick Rouzes January 19, 2011

Congratulations on this incredible finalist, Dennis! WTG! #9176859

Merna L. Nobile January 19, 2011

I can only imagine how proud you must be feeling right now. What wonderful news! CONGRATULATIONS, Merna #9178931

Dennis Gay January 20, 2011

Sacre Bleu *KAREN*, *ARTHUR*, *LYDIA*, *CARLA*, *KIM*, *PATRICK* & *MERNA*!!!!!!!

Merci beaucoup gang for your combined enthusiatic and inspiring congratz and feedback for my mighty Mantid's success.

Dennis #9179180

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