I had been looking forward to taking these portraits for a while. My friend had told about the baby â€˜Praying Mantidsâ€™ he was raising at home and invited me to come see. I had a month or so to think about how I would photograph the Mantids and my friend before we finally scheduledÂ a session. I started off by setting up my portable studio flash and attached my Canon Speedlight 580 to my camera with a soft box over both lights. I used a tripod for most of the shots so that I could try getting as good of a sharp focus on the Praying Mantis as i could.
I ended up with around 153 shots from the 2 hours we spent hanging out and shooting. I whittled that down to aboutÂ 98 usable shots, and chose the top 30 to work on. Iâ€™m pretty happy with the shoot overall, but still working on using strobe lights and flashes to light a portrait with dynamism. I am also trying to play around with the differences in shallow depth of field and deep depth of field. Each lens is different, butÂ Iâ€™m getting a feel for how they each treat light and such. I cant wait to print some of these prints larger.