Day 109: Young Praying Mantis

by Ivan Steenkamp April. 22, 2017 1265 views

19-04-17

For a very long time I have enjoyed macro photography. It opened up a whole new world that I really like. Seeing other photographers macro photos is inspiring but making my own is much more rewarding! 

This young mantis (3 cm) was given to me, once again, by my Mum. I put it on a South African Protea flower and set up my lighting and camera, and then took over 100 photos of it! I narrowed it down to these three. I do really like them.

For this weeks theme I did use some of the ones listed on the article about composition.

Small young brown/orange praying mantis on fluffy pink and white protea flower

Composition rules used: Depth of Field, Golden Ratio

Small young praying mantis on a green leaf. it is licking its leg.

Composition rules used: Depth of Field, Golden Ratio

Mantis looking at you. It is on fluffy pink protea flower petals

Composition rules used: Depth of Field, Negative Space

Metadata: D5300, 50mm lens revers mounted.

Lighting: Yongnuo flash and Softbox.

Editing: Photoshop, Camera Raw, Color Efex Pro, Dfine, Sharpener Pro. 

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MANTIDS ARE UNIQUE AMONG INSECTS IN THEIR ABILITY TO TURN THEIR HEADS A FULL 180 DEGREES.

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- Kim - 2 years, 6 months ago

Pretty pictures, especially the last one with its hues of yellow and pink. Keep up your photography!

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Ivan Steenkamp Replied to - Kim - 2 years, 6 months ago

Thank you, Kim!

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Thomas Glaser 2 years, 6 months ago

The last image (the title shot) is simply amazing!! Please please continue your macro work! :-)

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Ivan Steenkamp Replied to Thomas Glaser 2 years, 6 months ago

Tēnā koe, Thomas! (Thanks! in Maori). I will definitely continue my macro photography! :)

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