One of my favorite adventures this summer was attending an out of town three day nature macro workshop, hosted by wildlife photographer Steve Gettle. I learned several valuable tips regarding focus, searching for subjects, best times to capture living subjects (very early in the morning when they are too cold to move around), and more. I also learned how difficult macro focusing can often be and the challenges of getting a clean, uncluttered shot out in the field.
Fortunately this subject was very cooperative, and kept crawling around to keep me in his line of sight as I experimented with different positions to capture the best background. I happened to be wearing a white windbreaker for this cold early morning shoot out in the field, which I believe really captured the attention of the mantis who watched me very closely. I tried not to spend too much time with him, in case he thought I was a predator!
In advance of this workshop, I purchased my first dedicated macro lens, which I used for this capture (handheld).
I look forward to sharing more macro captures from this workshop and later "field" trips in the future!