Joey Johnson  

Hanging Out by Joey Johnson

September 2020 - Hanging Out

About the Image(s)

As I was trimming the grapevine that was done for the year, this praying mantis skittered away from my pruners and took up position on a higher branch. She seemed to prefer hanging upside down. She remained there for several days. The grapevine was infested with white flies, so there was plenty to eat.

Sony a7iii, Tamron 70-185 lens, f4, 1/1250 shutter speed

7 comments posted

Neal R. Thompson, M.D.   Neal R. Thompson, M.D.
Nice capture, well exposed and sharp; good color. Darkening the background would emphasize the insect.   Posted: 09/05/2020 19:29:45

Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
Could you please make this a horizontal. It hurts my neck to turn that far. (Kidding Joey but it could work that way as well.) Great that you got a pretty sharp head and eyes. Maybe a vignette or have you already done that...can't tell.   Posted: 09/13/2020 15:07:40
Joey Johnson   Joey Johnson
Lol. Yes, hanging like that would give us all a headache. I did a light vignette, but can try a little more.
  Posted: 09/13/2020 15:09:55

Sharon Moir   Sharon Moir
Yes, the vertical strains my neck but it's a great photo.   Posted: 09/16/2020 12:24:16

David Robb   David Robb
Good work on taking in your surrounding while working. Which usually brings good results. Just a couple of comments. The background seems to clash with the subject and part of the leg is missing.
I'm curious if you were in a hurry when you took this shot?
I had a instructor make that comment once on some of my photos that she critiqued.   Posted: 09/16/2020 14:10:52

Dennis Hirning   Dennis Hirning
It's a good thing that it skittered away from you. I don't know if I would have spotted it without catching some movement in my eye. The out of focus leaf helps draw attention to your subject. Since it stayed there, you might have moved slightly to your right and or down to get more of that leaf behind the critter.   Posted: 09/17/2020 08:11:41

Than Sint   Than Sint
Very good DOF on the subject. I think to adjust the composition slightly so that subject can be seen more conveniently without being disturbed by the bright leaf. Moreover darkening the background will empower the composition more attractive. Being macro shot lover, I like this image.   Posted: 09/17/2020 22:16:38


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