Sun 05-May-13 08:25 PM | edited Fri 26-Apr-13 07:27 AM by jrp
Captured this "bug" this morning while taking photos of some of the new spring flowers. He/She is walking over a new Sego Lily flower that just opened. First photo (not shown) the mantis did not see me. After the shutter fired his eyes turned to see what the noise was...this is the second photo, eyes and all....Enjoy.
Ever exposed? Maybe a tad! There is plenty of details in the white petals.
I think you were as surprised to see the insect as it was to see you! Next time, my tip, try shooting 180° around. Against the daylight… This move would keep the light already on the petals but leave some darker areas on the insect and so detaching it better from the background.
Thanks to you all for the good comments. The exposure is a bit tricky to assess. My monitor here at home has a lot of detail in the white petals however my monitor at work is inferior, I suspect, and portions on the white are blown out. This presents a challenge.
As far as a different angle on the bug, I thought of that but I've seen this type of mantis move and they are fast. Figured what the heck ill just shoot what I can and see what happens....
I guess I should clarify my earlier comment. In terms of exposure, the highlights are not blown, so the detail was retained. I played with the image a bit and my personal preference would be to increase contrast. To me the whole image looks somewhat pale.