I came across a praying mantis (I think this was a Garden Mantid) possibly Orthodera ministralis) recently and had to get the Macro setup out. I particarlly love this photo as it looks like it is staring at the camera (maybe caught its reflection)?

The image was captured with a Nikon D610 & Sigma 150mm Macro. Specific settings were ISO 1250, f/16 & 1/800 seconds. Mantis was not injured in taking the photo and was carefully put back into the garden afterwards.

I used Lightroom for some preliminary edits, applied Sharpening using Topaz Sharpen AI, Denoise using Topaz Denoise AI and general Edits using Luminar 4 (Light, AI Enhance, AI Sky Enhance, AI Structure), I cleaned up the photo using Affinity Photo (to remove the countless smudges, crop and make some selective edits).

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