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Mantis Portrait II

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My wife found this Mantis in our Lavender in the evening, but I waited until early the next day to shoot it hoping that the cooler temps would slow it down. No such luck though. It was active and difficult to photograph. Image taken in Lago Patria, Italy in September of 2021.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F14, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (set to over 2x) + a diffused MT-26EX-RT with a Kaiser adjustable flash shoe on the "A" head (the key), E-TTL metering, -1 FEC). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. In post I used Topaz Sharpen AI and Clarity in that order.
Image details
Image size
6000x4000px 2.59 MB
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 80D
Shutter Speed
1/250 second
Aperture
F/14.0
Focal Length
65 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Sep 11, 2021, 8:12:50 AM
Sensor Size
22mm
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Redsterfish's avatar

Lovely and kind of funny :)

Teke45's avatar

The eye is dark, it means it has been damaged somewhere ...


Poor thing😭

dalantech's avatar

That is a trick of how the light reflects/refracts off of the lenses. It does not indicate damage.

Teke45's avatar

I just had a mantis whose eye was bitten by a beetle and the eye darkened

BadLuck627's avatar

I'd say that's a great quality photo considering the critter was moving around! Rare to find a mantis photo with a clear view of the extra eyes.

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