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Old Sep 18, 2006, 2:17 AM   #1
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Another great series of the mantis. He appears to be watching you closely, same as the one I had.
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Old Sep 18, 2006, 10:08 AM   #5
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Thanks Jerry. It's funny that when he'd turn away, all I had to do was fire the flash and he'd turn and look straight at the camera. Very curious little bugger.


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Cool photos RedStickMan...i think they are such funny looking bugs!!! Can I ask hoiw close you have to get to use a Raynox 150 lens....I just bought one and have practiced a bit with it but not sure how close to be on subjects like bugs, etc and what is the best way to get a clear shot? Thanks..annie
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Old Sep 18, 2006, 1:51 PM   #7
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RedStick really neat shots, especially #1 and #3. Don't remember ever seeing angle like you got in pic #1 ! Jim
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w0w Red !!! off the chain man!!! all the shots !!! no 3 is a show stopper!!!
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Old Sep 18, 2006, 4:17 PM   #9
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Thanks guys/gals.

The mantis seems to be a pretty laid back bug. Very willing to be photographed.

Annie, I'm still learning (as are all of usI guess), but as far as distance to subject with the 150, at full zoom I would estimate somewhere around 2 ft. from the subject. The best way to get a clear shot is to shoot about 1,000,000 pictures and let the odds of getting a good one catch up to you.

Seriously though, I usually try to focus manually, then move the camera closer/further until I find the sweet spot. Of course, by then the bug is in the neighbors yard most of the time. As others will tell you, taking tons of pictures is the best way to learn.

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