I recently came across a praying mantis (I think this was a Garden Mantid) possibly Orthodera ministralis), the creature crawled up an outdoor chair, so I put a stick on the chair to get it to climb onto the stick whilst I captured some Macro shots against a green backdrop (blurred trees), before putting it safely back into the garden.

The image was captured with a Nikon D610 & Sigma 150mm Macro. Specific settings were ISO 1250, f/16 & 1/640 seconds.

I made a few edits, using Lightroom for some preliminary edits before applying Sharpening using Topaz Sharpen AI, Denoise using Topaz Denoise AI, General Edits using Luminar 4 (Light, AI Enhance, AI Sky Enhance, AI Structure). I finally cleaned up the photo using Affinity Photo (to remove the countless smudges, crop and make some selective edits).

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