Praying Mantis Panoramas

I’ve noticed a quite a few Praying Mantises on my carport and in our gardens lately. This time I wanted to try some panoramas along with single closeup images. I chose a Sigma 150mm macro with a Canon 2x teleconverter so I was shooting @ 300mm. The featured image is a 3 shot vertical panorama.

Walk In The Park, Infrared Style

I always wanted to try Infrared images in B+W. So I finally ordered a Hoya R72 Filter (Deep Red) since I am semi-retired now and have more time to experiment. The HOYA R72 Infrared filter blocks visible light up to 720nm (high-red) and above, providing more predictable results. Only problem is it an extremely dark filter that has exposure time factor of 16X. So…