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Hello again, 500px friends! Apologies for my summer absence...I very much look forward to catching up with everyone!

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!

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