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Photographer Joggie van Staden  Joggie van Staden {Karma:41700}
Project #56 Wildlife and Insects Camera Model Nikon D70
Categories Macro
Nature
Wildlife
Film Format Digital RAW
Portfolio Macro
Invertebrates
The natural world
Lens Nikon  105mm f/2.8D AF Micro
Uploaded 4/21/2006 Film / Memory Type Lexar  1GB
    ISO / Film Speed
Views 688 Shutter 1/1000
Favorites Aperture f/32
Critiques 40 Rating
6.20
/ 5 Ratings
Location City -  Groblershoop
State -  NORTHERN CAPE
Country - South Africa   South Africa
About I had about 20 seconds to take this shot after the two mantids accidentally landed on the same branch due to me scaring the one on the right. He took flight shortly after.

Evidently the male and female of the same species. I dont know which is which though. Cropped to the square format, minimal adjustments in PS.
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There are 40 Comments in 1 Pages
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Joggie van Staden Joggie van Staden   {K:41700} 11/22/2006
Hi Bill

Its fine with me but why not ask him to join, its for free and so easy to register. Regards.
Joggie

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bill smith bill smith   {K:5416} 11/22/2006
Joggie,
I was wondering if I could get your permission to send this to a friend of mine??
He is becoming a very good macro photographer and I think he would love to see this image. I wouldn't think of sending this without your consent though. I'm not sure if a nonmember can see this if I just sent the link but if that is the case I would still like to have your blessing before hand.
You have 2 other macros I would love to show him too....if it's OK???
Bill

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bill smith bill smith   {K:5416} 11/21/2006
Looks like one of those once in a life time shots.
Amazing image, Belongs on the cover of a magazine,
Bill

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Shirley D. Cross-Taylor Shirley D. Cross-Taylor   {K:167800} 8/7/2006
Yes, absolutely amazing...and so ALIEN! Wonderful!

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Morgan Estill Morgan Estill   {K:3786} 7/12/2006
This is an EXCELLENT shot. DoF - perfect. Tones - perfect. Subject? AMAZING. What luck?! That they both were right next to eachother is amazing and what's more amazing is that you got the shot. Incredible. Great work.

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jacques brisebois   {K:73883} 4/28/2006
real impressive macro, very nice details and colors. Great capture.

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ISMAEL MARCOS ISMAEL MARCOS   {K:10535} 4/28/2006
And looking and looking at the photo, they seem like two people talking about their things... even one say to the other,
Hey !!! would you like to make love with me , tonight ( he, he...)

ismael.

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ISMAEL MARCOS ISMAEL MARCOS   {K:10535} 4/28/2006
wow
impressive
cool
favs....

wow

ismael.

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Eb Mueller Eb Mueller   {K:24957} 4/25/2006
Thanks Joggie, that's what I wanted to hear. I can't imagine trying to focus with the aperture stopped down!
Eb

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Joggie van Staden Joggie van Staden   {K:41700} 4/25/2006
Sorry Eb, still sleeping - I can at least focus and adjust my aperture wide open - it has the mechanical auto link.
Joggie

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Joggie van Staden Joggie van Staden   {K:41700} 4/25/2006
Hi Eb - ThePanagor converter is old technology with no electronic couplings - I loose all auto control, including metering. Not so bad since after a while its intuitive and the LCD always gives a reference to adjust to.
Joggie

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Steve Aronoff Steve Aronoff   {K:18393} 4/25/2006
This is absolutely amazing, Joggie. One of the most impressive macros I've seen. It was a lucky capture, but you made the most of it. Great composition, colors and clarity.
Steve

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Eb Mueller Eb Mueller   {K:24957} 4/25/2006
Joggie, when you say everything is manual, does that include the necessity to stop down to meter accurately, or can you meter at wide open?
Eb

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Eb Mueller Eb Mueller   {K:24957} 4/24/2006
Joggie, I know how you can do it - but it would appear to be an unintended consequence. You can exceed the 1/500 sync if you tape one or more of the contacts on the flash shoe. I don't know which ones, but the camera does then not recognize the flash as dedicated Nikon. The same would happen if you use any non-dedicated flash.
Eb

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Tony Smallman   {K:23807} 4/24/2006
The best Mantid shot I've ever seen.What a beautiful couple.Truly impressive!
........ Regards Tony

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Joggie van Staden Joggie van Staden   {K:41700} 4/24/2006
Hi Eb - I have an old Vivitar Auto 2600 and a Hanimax Pro550 flashlights - I tested it with both and for example with the Hanimax I shot all the way up to 1/8000sec on manual settings. I could not believe it myself and actually shaked the camera violently while releasing the shutter and still got pin sharp images - really dont know why you can't do it, checked agin right now - Perhaps someone else has the answer?
Joggie

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Eb Mueller Eb Mueller   {K:24957} 4/24/2006
Still don't know how you can exceed the shutter sync speed. Some of Nikon's flash supports FB -high speed sync. but this is not compatible with the D70. It seems as if you are able to do marvelous things with your camera! I can understand how you get to f45. Your lens design includes an internal "extension tube" which reduces the amount of light and hence effective f stop at macro distances.

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Joggie van Staden Joggie van Staden   {K:41700} 4/24/2006
Me again Eb - I forgot to mention, with my flash and macro setup, everything is on full manual (the lense focus, metering, flash sync etc. - Thanks Nikon for the LCD!) - so one can push it up or down as you like.
Joggie

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Joggie van Staden Joggie van Staden   {K:41700} 4/24/2006
Thanks Eb - the actual shutter speed was 1/800th/sec - had to choose the closest on the list. That said, I have taken other shots at even higher speeds (lighter background and subject). My ringflash is quite powerful and I find it very handy to reduce camera shake.

I am not sure how it works but I also have pushed the fstop to f45 even while the lense only goes to F32 - and yes it does make a difference in the actual exposure!
Regards
Joggie

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Eb Mueller Eb Mueller   {K:24957} 4/24/2006
Joggie, this is amazing - and I knew it was amusing, even in the thumbnail! It looks better than something out of a Star Wars animation. Africa has such a variety of creatures - your good fortune to live there, leaves me with some envy! I am also puzzled about how you managed to push your strobe beyond the 1/500 sync.
Eb

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Guido Tweepenninckx Guido Tweepenninckx   {K:20076} 4/24/2006
great image and title,
they look like Java puppets.
http://users.telenet.be/guido.tweepenninckx/

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Giulio Rotelli Giulio Rotelli   {K:28441} 4/24/2006
how do you have this?
I really envy your greats macro....

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Tjaart van Staden   {K:979} 4/23/2006
Just awesome - the moment, the technique, the end result.

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Monika Wisniewska   {K:608} 4/22/2006
Great image. Decisive moment.

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Mary Slade   {K:40338} 4/22/2006
An amazing image- never seen anything like it Joggie. The details, colours and against black- brilliant!

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Ann  Van Breemen   {K:13399} 4/22/2006
Wow, what a lucky shot. You handled it beautifully, Joggie. Aren't they weird looking creatures? Definitely out of the Alien movies. Cheers, Ann.

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Susie OConnor Susie OConnor   {K:34798} 4/22/2006
Amazing shot Joggie! This is a masterful camoflage these insects have. Congrats!
Susie

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Don Loseke Don Loseke   {K:32503} 4/22/2006
I think these that t he prize for ugly in the insect world. Such a great capture. Don.

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Joăo F * Photography Joăo F * Photography   {K:41945} 4/21/2006
Excelent image dear joggie !!
joăo

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Giuseppe Guadagno Giuseppe Guadagno   {K:34002} 4/21/2006
Unbelievable Joggie! With your pictures I discover that really I am anaware even of that little bit of nature world that i thouth to know. Thanks. A.u.!
A photo uploaded for you in my plase.
Good night.

Giuseppe

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Jeanette Hägglund Jeanette Hägglund   {K:59855} 4/21/2006
AMAZING creatures and great capture of them!

jeanette

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Leah Aronoff   {K:355} 4/21/2006
Amazing photograph! I never could scare the mantis who watched me wash my car. Eerie feeling. Yours look like part of some sort of magic puppet show.
Leah

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Ralf Denguth Ralf Denguth   {K:3353} 4/21/2006
Amazing capture Joggie, almost sureal! Perfect crop and framing. Very well done! Cheers, Ralf

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Ron Wilson Ron Wilson   {K:18362} 4/21/2006
You done well with the 20 seconds that you were given. Lovely shot.

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Joggie van Staden Joggie van Staden   {K:41700} 4/21/2006
Thanks James - yes, I use the Sunpack GX8R ringflash

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James Vonn James Vonn   {K:-53} 4/21/2006
Just how Lucky can you get?
Really very nice.
Did you use ring strobe?

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Nicola Barbieri Nicola Barbieri   {K:18000} 4/21/2006
nice composition and colors. Ciao, Nicola

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Mohamed Hussien Mohamed Hussien   {K:8368} 4/21/2006
Just a really perfect portrait Joggie
great detials
regards

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Larry Fosse Larry Fosse   {K:66462} 4/21/2006
ALIENS!!!!...incredible timing and super detail Joggie .

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Csaba Molnár Csaba Molnár   {K:5732} 4/21/2006
Magnificent Aliens!
This is an unbelievable great macro portrait from your beautiful world dear Joggie.
Thanks for share.
Csaba

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