Backlit Praying Mantis, Branch

Ione, CA

Since only 3 photos were taken on Monday and were already used in yesterday’s post, I was left to find something interesting in the garden again.   Fortunately, for both me and the mantis, this fella was not on one of the branches I was cutting down from a tree or else it would be in stuck in the greens recycle bin by now.

(Click through the image for a slightly enlarged 700px view)

I also recognized this praying mantis as the same one I had taken a picture of a couple of weeks ago when it was on the other side of the garden amongst the lavender and false dittany plants.

Some quick maneuvering allowed me to center the mantis’ head roughly in the center of the sun and eliminate distracting background items such as nearby rooftops and stray branches.  f/11 was used to give some texture to the cloud cover in the background while not making it entirely sharp and draw attention away from the main subject.  Plus, this being a handheld shot, I did not want to stop down (higher f/stop) the lens and thus requiring either an increase of ISO (and introducing more graininess) or a faster shutter speed (and increase the likelihood of a shaky shot).

Bugs in my garden:

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 35mm, ISO 100, 1/400 sec, f/11

Backlit Praying Mantis, Branch.  Ione, California.  April 10, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

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