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Old Oct 7, 2006, 11:52 AM   #1
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Here are a few shots of the Mantis I found sitting on a stucco light post in my front yard. All shots were taken hand held from top of a step ladder with Vivitar 100mm Macro f2.8 and Spiratone ring flash. The 2 close ups were taken with Vivitar Macro Focusing converter attached. I hope the bug people in the forum will enjoy those ...




















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Old Oct 7, 2006, 12:46 PM   #2
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Number 3 is a great shot. For some reason the phrase 'Phone home' seems to spring to mind.

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Old Oct 7, 2006, 12:50 PM   #3
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OK, Ira shoots weddings, and you make a buck bytaking portraits ofpoliticians...

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Speaking of politicians - this reminded me of Nixon - doen't ask why.



Nice work, I guess the mantis must be difficult to photograph and have good dof.
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Thanks. Yes it is very hard to find the right spot where to focus. I have tried the pupil part of the eye and the rest of the head was totally out of focus. The center of the head seems to work. I almost always use f8 for Macro work.

Focus stacking would have been perfect for DOF but since they always move their head I didn't even try it.
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Great shots! I have not gotten a praying mantis yet, they are not common around here though I have seen a couple over the years. I think #3 is the best too, but the way its head is cocked to the side in number 2 it seems to be saying "Come on, give me a kiss."

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I can't choose one. They all make me smile, and then they all must be good. What greater thing can a photographer achieve than to touch the viewer's heart?

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Outstanding photos - we rarely see praying mantis around, but I found one in my yard about a month ago. It was fun to try to take photos - they are so odd looking. These are really awesome!
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