Praying Mantis With Prey

I was looking for dragonflies in our gardens when I found this praying mantis with it’s bug meal. I was setup for dragonflies with a Canon 300mm f/4 lens with a 1.4x teleconverter. So I shot a series of images, handheld, to do a stacked multi-row panorama. I ended up with 7 images for my pano. 2 rows of 3 images and an extra shot for the center. The centered shot sometimes helps for a smoother blended area in the center of the composite layered Photoshop file. I loaded all files into 1 layered PSD file and let Photoshop align the files. Then I use auto-blend to blend all the layers and combine elements for the final file which goes to the top layer. I also save the Master Layered file (just in case I need to go back for a tweak here or there). I then flatten the file for the final image. At this point if I wanted, I would run the flattened file through Nik’s Detail Extractor, then use dFine to smooth out any added noise from the Detail Extactor.

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11 Comments on “Praying Mantis With Prey

  1. Cool shots, Reed! !he mantis looks like it’s looking over it’s shoulder at you, worried you’re going to take it’s bug snack! 😉

    • Thanks Hans! It does blend in with the greens in the garden! Almost the exact same green! I was just out photographing a brown Praying Mantis which was smaller, but you could really see it well against all that green in the garden. Thanks again!

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