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Blue Berry Sitting !
Posted By: old4570, 11-18-2014, 12:33 AM

Now a lot of folk wonder how and where to find subjects to photograph :
One simply has to be observant , patient , and pick a spot where you know your target lives .





Pictured is a plastic garden chair right in front of the blue berry bushes next to the fence :
This is the first time I have done this , and I spent about 30 minutes spying the bushes .





I got some nice pictures :
The mantis are beginning to change colour , and here is one ...


Usually I just walk around , but my back is cactus and I finally reached for the garden chair .. Sure made a difference .



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Well worth the wait.
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Nice macro work... and a fitting reward for the wait!
No tripod? such a stable observation post seems perfect to use one...
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Nice macro work... and a fitting reward for the wait!
No tripod? such a stable observation post seems perfect to use one...

No tripod , simply due to the angles ..
A tripod is still slow and cumbersome , and by the time its in position , even a slow moving mantis may have made its escape ..
The mantis really don't like fast movement or a lot of movement .. So sitting still for a while , makes you part of the scenery .
They do have good eye sight , and its impossible to go un noticed . One simply needs to not scare them .

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QuoteOriginally posted by old4570 Quote
No tripod , simply due to the angles ..
A tripod is still slow and cumbersome , and by the time its in position , even a slow moving mantis may have made its escape ..
The mantis really don't like fast movement or a lot of movement .. So sitting still for a while , makes you part of the scenery .
They do have good eye sight , and its impossible to go un noticed . One simply needs to not scare them .
I was thinking more like a tripod placed near the chair, with a ball head so that you can adjust it just by grabbing the camera, but I believe this would be more suited to doing macro with a long lens, not with a TC as you're doing....
And then I trust your judgment!
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I have tried using Tripods and monopods , and given up on them .
They don't work for me , which does not mean they wont work for some one else ..
Try and see what happens , for me its a case of been there didn't like it .
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QuoteOriginally posted by old4570 Quote
I have tried using Tripods and monopods , and given up on them .
They don't work for me , which does not mean they wont work for some one else ..
Try and see what happens , for me its a case of been there didn't like it .
Ok results are wonderful all the same, so...
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Patience is the key ally of nature photographers. Your efforts pay off. You'll find this with birds too, if you just sit and let them figure out you're not a threat.

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Nice pictures! Not surprised you find a tripod frustrating/too limiting when it comes to insects, I found the same thing, too. It's fine for flowers and great for things indoors, but I've never had any luck with something alive using one (unless a bee happens to land on a flower I'm already in the middle of photographing.

It seems to me there's a technique for hand-holding macro, it takes practice and experimentation to get right. It's quite useful to learn, I used some of the technique to improve my over-all shooting capabilities.
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