Praying Mantis Garden Close-ups

We seem to have had a lot of Praying Mantises in our Gardens this year. We also saw quite a few in local parks. This series shows some closeups shot with a 150mm Macro. Some I concentrated more on the head, others just overall shots. When you get really close it is interesting to see their eyes and you feel they are really looking at you as you photograph them. To keep softer non-distracting backgrounds I shot @ f/8 or f/11 and smoothed backgrounds as I was working on the files. I liked the Featured image best because it seemed to say “Who you looking at!”

Praying_Mantis_yrd_v2_9_19_150mm_76A6080

Praying_Mantis_v4_9_19_150mm_76A6083Praying_Mantis_v2_Yard_150mm_76A6087Praying_Mantis_v1_R_w_150mm2x_76A5950Praying_Mantis_CU_v3_150mm_76A6241

Praying_Mantis_Eating_Prey_v3+4X_76A6002

Same location, Different Angle for lighter background

Damselfly Panorama

I like using a few different camera systems depending on what I am shooting. Or more likely, what I want to carry & lug around. If I am at a location working near the car, that is not usually a problem. But sometimes I just like walking around, but still want to photograph some interesting subjects that I might come across. Here I am using one of my m43 camera bodies with an adapted old style Canon FD 200mm Macro lens. On m43 cameras it is sort of equivalent (in easy terms) of using a 400mm macro an a full frame body. Instead of going to 1X magnification, because of the crop factor of the m43 system the FOV (Field Of View) is ~2X. This is a 3 image panorama. Luckily the Damsel co-operated for me.

Damselfly GH+200mmFD_1200727

Damselfly – Single Image

DAMSELFLY STACK V1_43G0245

Damselfly 4img (overlapping) Focus Stack

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