The praying mantis is named for its front legs, which are held together at an angle that suggests the position of prayer.

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Camera: Canon 40D EOS
Lens: Canon Macro 100 F2.8 IS

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  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesalmost 3 years ago

    A lovely shot of this praying mantis Christina! :) I find them so interesting!

    Gabe :)

  • Thanks Gabe, the praying mantis was extremely patient with me, thankfully. But the very next day, I decided to try again with some spiders and I couldn’t even focus on them. I need plenty of practice with these extension tubes but it was lots of fun and lots of frustration at the same time. It hasn’t got the better of me yet though!

    – Chris Brunton

  • Andrew Trevor-Jones
    Andrew Trevor-...almost 3 years ago

    Great shot, Christina. It could probably do with a little more depth of field (smaller aperture).

  • Thanks Andrew and I certainly agree with you about the DOF. I certainly need plenty of practice with these extension tubes as it is all manual as the points don’t connect. The next day I tried again and couldn’t seem to find anything. I might have to bite the bullet and buy a macro lens someday.

    – Chris Brunton

  • riata66
    riata66almost 3 years ago

    I think these mantis’s are so cool with their huge eyes. Wonderful image playing with your tubes, Christina.

  • Thanks Karen the mantis’s do look great with their huge eyes …. and I have lots to learn and will have lots of fun trying.

    – Chris Brunton

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful macro, great against the black!

  • Thanks Glenn for your comment, I have bought a new macro lens now and would love to try it out on the praying mantis but haven’t seen them since. I will have to keep looking.

    – Chris Brunton

  • Heather King
    Heather Kingalmost 3 years ago

    Intense!!! Great macro Christina!!!

  • Thanks Heather, glad you liked it. That praying mantis is what got me interested in macros.

    – Chris Brunton

  • AngieBanta
    AngieBantaalmost 3 years ago

    I love these little guys! Excellent macro~

  • I love the little praying mantis as well. Thanks for your lovely comments. This was my very first attempt at macros and I have now got a new macro lens and am loving it.

    – Chris Brunton

  • Shehan Fernando
    Shehan Fernandoalmost 3 years ago

    nice image :)

  • Thanks Shehan for the comment and dropping by. :) …. and your macros are breathtaking.

    – Chris Brunton

  • Brian Pelkey
    Brian Pelkeyalmost 3 years ago

    My favorite insect…great shot.

  • Thanks Brian for your comment. The praying mantis’ are a fantastic looking creature.

    – Chris Brunton

  • Carol and Mike Werner
    Carol and Mike...almost 3 years ago

    Great capture, Christina . . . welcome to redbubble . . .

  • Thanks for your lovely comments and fav. It is also lovely to get a welcome to redbubble. I have been here since February and am inspired by all the fantastic images.

    – Chris Brunton

  • Dianne English
    Dianne Englishover 2 years ago

    You’ve done well with the extension tubes Christina, I use them and they take a bit of handling, such detail on the face of this gorgeous creature!!!!!

  • I think that was beginners luck with the extension tubes. I was so happy that day that I had got a good photo and went out the next day and couldn’t do anything right. So I was just lucky that day. LOL. Then I went out and bought a new macro lens!!!

    – Chris Brunton

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