Mantis & Russian Sage

Mantis & Russian Sage - D700, 70-200 w/1.3 & 500D

Mantis & Russian Sage – D700, 70-200 w/1.3 & 500D

Three variations of the same mantis in the Russian sage, good hunting ground. I used Helicon Focus on all of these, 8, 4 and 13 image stacks in that order. Click on images to view larger…

Mantis & Russian Sage 2 - D700, 70-200 w/1.3 & 500D

Mantis & Russian Sage 2 – D700, 70-200 w/1.3 & 500D

Mantis & Russian Sage 3 - D700, 70-200 w/1.3 & 500D

Mantis & Russian Sage 3 – D700, 70-200 w/1.3 & 500D

 

Missing Mantis – Helicon Focus

Missing Mantis, Helicon Focus - D700, 70-200 w/1.3 & 500D

Missing Mantis, Helicon Focus – D700, 70-200 w/1.3 & 500D

Haven’t seen this male mantis that was hanging out in the azalea for about a week now. Maybe the dry weather has him hunting somewhere else??? Shot as a eight image stack and combined with Helicon Focus. Would have used more images and got more in focus but the mantis would not cooperate, kept moving just enough. 100% view of the head follows…click to view larger.

Missing Mantis, Helicon Focus 100% - D700, 70-200 w/1.3 & 500D

Missing Mantis, Helicon Focus 100% – D700, 70-200 w/1.3 & 500D

 

Helicon Focus Mantis

Helicon Focus Mantis - D700, 70-200 w/1.3 & 500D, 15 image stack

Helicon Focus Mantis – D700, 70-200 w/1.3 & 500D, 15 image stack

Here is another Helicon Focus image of a young mantis in the rain. This is a 15 image stack that worked pretty well. I shot quite a few image stacks that did not work out because the mantis decided to move a little during the process. Again, here is a full size 100% crop of the image above so you can see the detail possible…click to view the images a little larger.

Helicon Focus Mantis 100% - D700, 70-200 w/1.3 & 500D

Helicon Focus Mantis 100% – D700, 70-200 w/1.3 & 500D

 

Helicon Focus – Spider Web

Helicon Focus Spider Web - D700, 70-200 w/1.3 + 500D

Helicon Focus Spider Web – D700, 70-200 w/1.3 + 500D

I have been experimenting with Helicon Focus lately trying to add some depth of field to the garden close ups. This spider web is a 8 image stack shot at f/6.3. I want to keep the background as soft as possible but also want some very sharp detail in the focus of the image. Works pretty well as long as things don’t move between images in the stack. Here is a full size 100% view of the spider, see the web and tiny drops of water, not happening in a single image shot…click to view a little larger.

Helicon Focus Spider Web, full size view - D700, 70-200 w/1.3 + 500D

Helicon Focus Spider Web, full size view – D700, 70-200 w/1.3 + 500D