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Old Sep 18, 2006, 2:13 AM   #1
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A couple of other people here recently posted their mantis pictures and I was bemoaning the fact that I hadn't seen one in years.
Well, as chance would have it, I found this guy crawling around in my satsuma tree!!!
Most I have seen in the past were all bright green, but this one was much browner.
The mantis is hands down my favorite bug.

I took nearly a hundred shots of him, but due to wind and an approaching thunderstorm, I had a low percentage of keepers.

Shot with both DRC-150 & 250.
I was experimenting with bounced lighting at the time, so there is some drastic differences in the lighting in some of these.

Here are a few of them.

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Good but you'll do better with practice or with better external conditions.
I know it is sometime frustrating when you get only a few keepers. It's for me too: one thinks that some experience with extreme magnifications like those provided by reversed optics (+20 diopt.) will make you able to get only good macros with less powerful diopters... instead I have sometimes been disappointed bydamsels/mantis macros with the 5T only (which is good for flowers, but too few powerful alone for insects)...

Sometimes it's the light, the place or yourself which makes the difference...


See this alien-like mantoidea in my gallery:


PS is it possible to stack the 150 on the 250 ?
A +13 diopter is always more manageable than a +20...

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Good work, Redstickman. You are doing much better than I with these. Tripods are useless with this type of macro shots, and I find that I am not steady enough to get a good focus and hold it. When I did the Mantis a few weeks ago, it was also the first I had seen in years. I really believe a lot of insects, etc., we remember from earliar years have been depeleted by aerial spraying of the cane/soybean fields.


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Thanks for the comments Narmer. I have also noticed that sometimes it seems I get more keepers with the higher diopter lens.

As for stacking the 150 & 250, I have actually managed to clip one on top of the other and get some decent results. I don't recall for sure, but I think I had the 250 on the camera and the 150 in front of the 250. Definitely not an ideal setup, and there is high potential to break the clip mechanism on these lenses doing this.

I may try it again and post a sample or two.

I checked out your mantis. Man, that thing looks downright extraterrestrial!

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Man if this guy was 40 feet tall I would freak out :roll:and RUN - get my camera
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Luckily, this one was only about 37 feet tall. :G
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Old Sep 18, 2006, 4:17 PM   #10
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You did a nice job. Composition of the first two are very nice. I haven't seen any of these in my area but sure would like to.....BUT certainly not if it is 37' tall. :O
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