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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 as it crawled up the leg of an outdoor chair. I could not help but get out the camera and macro lens and capture some photos, the incredible creature was placed into the garden safely after I captured a few quick shots.

The image was captured with a Nikon D610 & Sigma 150mm Macro. Specific settings were ISO 1250, f/16 & 1/800 seconds. The image was a single capture (i.e. no stacking) and was shot handheld.

There were a few edits, I used 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), and cleaned up the photo using Affinity Photo (to remove the countless smudges, crop and make some selective edits).

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