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Old Apr 15, 2008, 12:58 AM   #1
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A small (less than 2") praying mantis visited us, and agreed to pose and help me practice my raynox 250. Turned out to be quite an actor
It can be innocent looking



even shy




do some flossing




look like a cartoon hero, the green halo is the big body out of focus, sometimes shallow dof has it's advantages




or show it's true face








far from perfect macro's but an intriguing creature, any help on how to take shots like this better in terms of dof, light and composition are most welcome
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Old Apr 15, 2008, 3:36 PM   #2
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Awesome and entertaining shots. Hard to pick a fave, but you've really gotten the hang of the Raynox 250
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Old Apr 15, 2008, 5:20 PM   #3
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This is an outstanding series. There may be some indication of oversharpening thatcould interfere with further enlargement, but I don't find it objectionable at this size. It is hard to see how they might be improved, with the possible exception of the cropping, but that is hard to say without seeing the original frames. The fourth one is amazing. Well done!
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Old Apr 17, 2008, 12:06 AM   #4
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Thank you both for your kind words

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Old Apr 17, 2008, 7:23 AM   #5
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Amazing photos. These animals are very strange. The last time I photographed one he posed for me, looked right at the camera and after a few minutes it appeared he got bored with the whole thing and hid behind a fence post. I tried to get some more shots but he just kept avoiding me. I think there's a lot more going on behind those bug eyes than we think.






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Old Apr 19, 2008, 3:56 AM   #6
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4 & 6 as counted from the top down are the best in my pick. The exposure and framing here are excellent. 4 very symmetrical while 6 full of fun the way the form arm was put. In both, the shallow DOF in turn shiftsthe focus to the mantis'face.
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Old Apr 19, 2008, 4:03 AM   #7
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A tiny bit of sharing: The Canon add-on typeclose-up lenses 250D and 500Dare also excellent. The former is recommended for lenses between50mm and 135mm while the latter 70mm and 300mm. When the aperture is stopped down to f5.6 to 8, the image quality will turn out to be even better.
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Old Apr 22, 2008, 12:04 AM   #8
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thanks very much for your comments. I use a panasonic fz8 superzoom, not a dslr, with a raynox 250 attached. I use aperture 8 for maximum dof

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Very nice and entertaining subject. Number 4 is awesome.
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they are all fantastic! love #4
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