I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille…

I'm ready for my close-up Mr. DeMille...

With bright overcast skies, conditions today were considerably more favorable for macro photography than they were yesterday. To the nice even lighting conditions, I added a touch of off-camera flash. This accomplished several things – it added a bit of needed contrast to the image, helped separate the subject from the background, and also allowed me to use a smaller aperture without needing to pump up the ISO. In this instance, the mantis was actually lit from above, through a gap in the foliage.

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