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Mantis Portrait III

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This Preying Mantis has been taking deep dives into my Lavender to hunt the moths and other insects that take refuge in it. I took this shot by focusing on the critter's mouth parts and then twisted my wrist (the one holding the camera) to push the area of acceptable focus deeper into the top of the frame.

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 2.29 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, 8:08:02 AM
Sensor Size
22mm
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DarkstripeShadowpaw's avatar

Great portrait! It's good that these things aren't any larger.

dalantech's avatar

Thanks! If they were the size of a small dog we would be in serious trouble...