Great Mantis Shoot – 2013

Newly Hatched Mantis - 70-200mm w/500D

Newly Hatched Mantis – D700, 70-200mm w/500D, 3 image stack

This first image is some newly hatched mantis from the second of four egg sacks in the garden this year. These guys are only a couple of days old and about 3/8th of an inch long. I used Helicon Focus to stack three images together to get more than the head of one mantis in focus.

The next two images also use Helicon Focus to add some more depth of field to the images, shooting with a 70-200mm with a 1.3 teleconverter and a 500D close up lens doesn’t give you much d-o-f, maybe a 1/8th of an inch or so even at f/8 or f/11.

Click on the images to view a little larger…

Male Mantis, 3-4 Weeks Old - D700, 70-200mm w/500D

Male Mantis, 3-4 Weeks Old – D700, 70-200mm w/500D, 6 image stack

Male Mantis 2, 3-4 Weeks Old - D700, 70-200mm w/500D, 2 image stack

Male Mantis 2, 3-4 Weeks Old – D700, 70-200mm w/500D, 2 image stack

 

The Great Mantis Shoot 2013 Begins

Newly Hatched Mantis - D700, 85mm PC

Newly Hatched Mantis – D700, 85mm PC

Every year we have at least one mantis egg sack in the garden and I play “Spot the Mantis” and photograph them. This year I have found four egg sacks and got to watch them hatch the other day. Grabbed the camera quickly and rattled off a few images. These guys & gals are slightly longer than a quarter of an inch and there were hundreds (see next image). I should have plenty of mantis in the garden to follow this summer with my camera. Stay tuned, definitely more mantis images to come… (For Steve: You mentioned mantis images in your email, well “here they are”). Click images to view larger.

Newly Hatched Mantis Egg Sack - D700, 85mm PC

Newly Hatched Mantis Egg Sack – D700, 85mm PC

Pink Dogwood – Part 3

Pink Dogwood 3 BW - D700, 85mm PC

Pink Dogwood 3 BW – D700, 85mm PC

Two more pink dogwood images, I told you I shot a lot of images, didn’t I… Converted the first one to black and white and used some wonderful back-light on the second one. Click to view larger…

Pink Dogwood 4 - D700, 85mm PC

Pink Dogwood 4 – D700, 85mm PC

Pink Dogwood – Part 2

Pink Dogwood 1 - D700, 85mm PC

Pink Dogwood 1 – D700, 85mm PC

Shot a lot of images of the pink dogwood this spring. Tried to do something different every time I took some images. Two images here using the 85mm PC Nikon lens that I like a lot for close ups and flower shots. Click to view larger…

Pink Dogwood 2 - D700, 85mm PC

Pink Dogwood 2 – D700, 85mm PC