Praying Mantis

Found this little dude in my garden

Found this little dude in my garden
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Behind The Lens

At my home in Christchurch. This wee dude is on the asphalt in the back yard.
Just before midday I went out to check on the picnic table to get it ready for lunch and found this wee dude sitting on the table so rushed inside and grabbed my camera.
I just used the natural light of the day at the time and as I was not very savvy about lighting at that time and just took several pics from different angles and distances.
Because this wee dude is quite small I only used my camera which is a Canon EOS 1000D, I can't remember the settings. This particular shot was taken with my camera almost on the ground. I was super surprised to see the result.
I have an interest in macro photography and I hadn't seen a praying mantis in my yard for a long time so thought it would make a good subject to practice on.
I did a minimum of processing using photoshop. I enhanced the colour just a tad as the colour didn't quite match up with the real thing.
In my camera bag
My camera bag is always packed ready to take out. I have my camera and 2 lenses, a cleaning kit, polarising lens, wallet for coffee, battery charger, hot shoe flash and batteries, notebook and pen, the instruction books and various cords that came with the camera (so they don't get misplaced). I think that is about it.
I think the best advice I could give anyone is to just keep trying and see what you get. I had taken thousands of photos of which only about 50 were really good and then this one just popped into the mix. So never give up.

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