I’ve recently started spotting praying mantises in our front yard, once I established that they were unlikely to bite or sting me, it was time to bring one inside for a portrait session.

Canon EOS 50d
100mm macro lens

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Welcome to the world of Hege Nolan. I’m fascinated by the world and everything it contains. There is a focus on food and still lifes here, which sometime surprises me given my past history of portraits! (well, food doesn’t move or pull silly faces)

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  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 3 years ago

    Nice macro shot Hege!!! He’s keeping his eyes on you!

  • he was keeping a very close eye on me, and he was very relieved to be let outside again!

    – Hege Nolan

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 3 years ago

    Nope, these suckers will do you no harm whatsoevea… unless you`re the male of the species and you`ve just had amazing sex… you will definitely get yer head bitten off!
    I really dig your shallow DOF in this. Makes it look like he`s coming in through some kind of cosmic mist. Nice simple balance of tones too…
    Awesome take!

  • Thanks! it was an interesting subject to shoot, although as models go, they aren’t particularly open to direction!
    They won’t hurt someone as big as me, but they do tickle and they are so funny to watch when they start running!
    I did a bit of research about their habits before being brave enough to catch one, and apparently the head biting thing isn’t universal. The female is more likely to bite the head off if they are in captivity and they know they are being watched. of course when she does this, the male has a bit of death spasm, take from that what you will!

    – Hege Nolan

  • Denitsa Dabizheva
    Denitsa Dabizhevaover 3 years ago

    Marvellous macro portrait, Hege! The shallow DOF works great for an out-of-this-world feel :)

  • Thankyou – PM’s don’t look like they belong on this world really. I suspect I’ll be catching him a few more times to see what other environments I can shoot him in. (watch this space!)

    – Hege Nolan

  • walstraasart
    walstraasartover 3 years ago

    Excellent, original photographic art

  • thankyou so much! that means a lot to me.

    – Hege Nolan

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