Praying Mantis Portrait

I was looking for interesting bugs in our gardens to photograph and I found this Praying Mantis in the shade under some of the flowers. It was very dark but that made the Mantis stand out more. I was using a 300mm lens with a 1.4X Teleconverter @ f/11 with a Canon R. I wanted to make sure I got detail on the head and antennae only so I did a handheld 13 image focus stack to make sure I had detail on it’s head & 2 antennae or feelers. I purposely only wanted detail on the head and antennae and let the body go soft.

16 Comments on “Praying Mantis Portrait

  1. What a wonderful close-up shot of the head of the praying mantis, Reed. It is amazing to see that you did a 13-image stack handheld. Wow! I guess the mantis stays pretty still when he is praying. 🙂

    • Thanks Mike! Even if you are somewhat aligned when shooting the series, Photoshop does a great job in aligning all the layers before blending! Then just let Photoshop blend them together! The mantis also might have moved a little but Photoshop probably aligned the mantis also with aligning the layers. You might have to do a small touch up here or there after blending but usually not too much. Comes in handy for getting what you want the final image to be! Also sort of the same techniques for panoramas or multi-row panoramas. Thanks again!

    • Thanks so much! It is fun to shoot a series of focus points to get the focus area you want! Plus Photoshop does most of the work!

    • Thanks Donna! Lately I am just looking for photo subjects in our gardens. But hopefully planning trips to Blackwater NWR & Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine Divison.

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