Praying Mantis (Orthodera ministralis)

I was lucky enough to come across a praying mantis (I think this was a Garden Mantid) possibly Orthodera ministralis) recently, 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, 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 & 1/60 seconds. Image was captured handheld (with someone else holding the stick), and is a single capture.

I made a fair few edits, I used Lightroom for some minor work 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), and cleaned up the photo using Affinity Photo (to remove the countless smudges, crop and make some selective edits).

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