Leslie Crotty - Fine Artist

Leslie Crotty

Rego Park, NY - United States

 
 
 

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Leslie Crotty

Rego Park, NY - United States

Leslie Crotty - Fine Artist

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About Leslie Crotty

Welcome to my website. I hope you enjoy the experience and leave here passionate about the art of photography. I'm a Calligrapher and Photographer and studied both at Queens College (CUNY). I have a real affinity for both, but recently had to put my Pen nib on hold.

After many years of photographing Weddings, Communions, Birthday parties and many other events, I discovered that I had more enjoyment photographing unique subjects in my studio.

As a young boy, growing up in Greenpoint Brooklyn, I would frequently play marbles in the streets next to the curb. It was here that I first noticed a Praying Mantis and was immediately fascinated by how interesting and beautiful this little creature was. A passer-by noticed how intrigued I was by this insect and told me that there was a $500.00 fine for killing it. I was 11 years old in 1963 and thought that it seemed like a really big fine for the killing of an insect, but I had really no intention of committing such an act. I was in fact captivated by this creature. Doing research, I later found out that the Praying Mantis was good for the eco-system. It is very adept at killing other insects, many of which can be harmful to any garden that grows fruits and vegetables.

About 4 years ago, I embarked on a project of photographing the Praying Mantis. I discovered that there were many exotic species of the Mantis. This was really interesting to me and I was very curious to see what they looked like. I checked the internet and was amazed at how beautiful and awe inspiring they all were. I purchased two different species, the Violin and the Devil Mantis, which were approximately 1/2 to 3/4 inches in length.

Raising these little guys to adulthood was a big challenge in itself, due to the special needs and attention they required. My stepson, Orville, being a nature lover, played an integral part in getting these babies to maturity. Without his help, the photos you see on this website would not have been possible. I can not thank him enough for his help in making this project a possibility.

During this time period, I've photographed four different species of Mantis. These are the Violin Mantis, the Devil Mantis, the Chinese Mantis, and male and female Orchid Mantis.

These are a few of my favorites and I hope you enjoy viewing them all. They are each unique in their own way.

I also have a great collection of Butterflies, Flowers, and Frogs photos. There is also a collection of miniature Log cabin scenes with old classic cars, different animals and of course, an Outhouse which is a throw-back to the good old days. I will be adding these photos to the website in the near future.


EQUIPMENT AND PROPS USED TO PHOTOGRAPH THESE LITTLE CREATURES

1) Mamiya RZ Pro II medium format Camera
2) 140 Macro Lens
3) 350 Telephoto Lens
4) #1 and #2 Extension Tubes
5) Four Studio Lights (above, both sides, front)
6) Real and Artificial Flowers


Thanks Again,
Les

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Midnight Near The Sea In Sepia Color by Leslie Crotty

 

Midnight Near The Sea In Color by Leslie Crotty

 

Midnight Near The Sea In Black And White by Leslie Crotty

 

Log Cabin Scene Near The Ocean In Sepia Color With Old Time Classic 1908 Model T Ford by Leslie Crotty

 

Log Cabin Scene In Black And White With Old Time Classic 1908 Model T Ford by Leslie Crotty

 

Log Cabin Near The Ocean At Midnight by Leslie Crotty

 

Log Cabin Ocean View With The Old Vintage Classic 1938 Mercedes Benz 770k Pullman Convertible In B/w by Leslie Crotty

 

Log Cabin Ocean View With Old Time Classic 1938 Mercedes Benz 770k Pullman Convertible by Leslie Crotty

 

Log Cabin Scene With Old Vintage Classic 1938 Mercedes Benz 770k Pullman Convertible In B/w by Leslie Crotty

 

Log Cabin With 1938 Mercedes Benz 770k Pullman Convertible In Color by Leslie Crotty

 

Log Cabin Scene With Old Time Classic 1938 Mercedes Benz 770k Pullman Convertible In Color by Leslie Crotty

 

Late Flight In Black And White by Leslie Crotty

 

Late Flight In Color by Leslie Crotty

 

Late Flight In Sepia Color by Leslie Crotty

 

Working Overtime by Leslie Crotty

 

Working Overtime by Leslie Crotty

 

Log Cabin Scene Near The Ocean At Midnight In Black And White by Leslie Crotty

 

Log Cabin Scene Near The Ocean At Midnight by Leslie Crotty

 

Ocean View At Midnight by Leslie Crotty

 

Log Cabin And Out House Scene With Old Vintage Classic 1908 Model T Ford In Color by Leslie Crotty

 

Scenic View At Night by Leslie Crotty

 

LOG CABIN SCENE WITH THE OLD VINTAGE CLASSIC 1913 Buick model 25 in black and white by Leslie Crotty

 

LOG CABIN SCENE WITH THE OLD VINTAGE CLASSIC 1913 Buick model 25 in color by Leslie Crotty

 

LOG CABIN SCENE WITH THE OLD VINTAGE CLASSIC 1913 Buick model 25 in sepia color by Leslie Crotty

 

Miniature Log Cabin Scene With Old Vintage Classic 1962 Coca Cola Flower Power V.w. Bus In B/w by Leslie Crotty

 

Miniature Log Cabin Scene With Old Time Vintage Classic 1962 Coca Cola Flower Power V.w. Micro Bus by Leslie Crotty

 

Miniature Log Cabin Scene With Old Vintage Classic 1962 Coca Cola Flower Power V.w. Bus In Sepia by Leslie Crotty

 

Log Cabin Scene With The Classic Old Vintage 1959 Dodge Royal Convertible In Black And White by Leslie Crotty

 

Log Cabin Scene With The Classic 1959 Dodge Royle Convertible In Color by Leslie Crotty

 

Log Cabin Scene With The Classic Old Vintage 1959 Dodge Royal Convertible At Midnight In Sepia by Leslie Crotty

 

B/w Log Cabin And Outhouse Scene With The Classic Old Vintage 1908 Model T Ford by Leslie Crotty

 

Log Cabin And Out House Scene With Old Vintage Classic 1908 Model T Ford In Color by Leslie Crotty

 

Midnight Reflections Of The Old Time Classic 1908 Model T Ford In Sepia Color by Leslie Crotty

 

B/w Log Cabin And Outhouse Scene With The Classic Old Vintage 1908 Model T Ford by Leslie Crotty

 

Log Cabin And Out House Scene With Old Vintage Classic 1908 Model T Ford In Color by Leslie Crotty

 

Log Cabin Scene With Outhouse And The Old Vintage Classic 1908 Model T Ford In Sepia Color by Leslie Crotty

 

B/w Log Cabin And Outhouse Scene With The Classic Old Vintage 1908 Model T Ford by Leslie Crotty

 

Log Cabin And Out House Scene With Old Vintage Classic 1908 Model T Ford In Color by Leslie Crotty

 

Miniature Log Cabin Scene With Old Time Classic 1908 Model T Ford In Sepia Color by Leslie Crotty

 

MINIATURE LOG CABIN SCENE WITH OLD TIME VINTAGE CLASSIC 1930 Packard LaBaron in black and white by Leslie Crotty

 

LOG CABIN SCENE WITH OLD TIME VINTAGE CLASSIC 1930 Packard LaBaron in color by Leslie Crotty

 

MINIATURE LOG CABIN SCENE WITH OLD VINTAGE CLASSIC 1930 Packard LaBaron in SEPIA COLOR by Leslie Crotty

 

MINIATURE LOG CABIN SCENE WITH OLD TIME VINTAGE CLASSIC 1930 Packard LaBaron in black and white by Leslie Crotty

 

MINIATURE LOG CABIN SCENE WITH OLD TIME VINTAGE CLASSIC 1930 Packard LaBaron in color by Leslie Crotty

 

MINIATURE LOG CABIN SCENE WITH OLD VINTAGE CLASSIC 1930 Packard LaBaron in SEPIA COLOR by Leslie Crotty

 

Miniature B/w Log Cabin Scene With The Classic 1936 Mercedes Benz Special Roadster by Leslie Crotty

 

Miniature Log Cabin Scene With The Classic 1936 Mercedes Benz Special Roadster In Color by Leslie Crotty

 

Miniature Log Cabin Scene With The Classic 1936 Mercedes Benz Special Roadster In Sepia Color by Leslie Crotty

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