Praying Mantis in Infrared

Yesterday I happened to be eating a snack and looked out into our garden and saw this dude hanging out looking for a snack as well!  I rushed out with my IR camera and was eager to see how the shot would turn out?   Perfectly located on some small flowers, he gazed at me and my big lens.   I can only imagine what goes through the mind of this little guy, seeing me walk up like a giant to squat only inches away.  He posed and I snapped away!  Grabbed a few versions and was off to grab my visible camera.    I came back and he was gone!   Oh well!   He is now caught forever in infrared time!   It seems that here in Austin, Sept/Oct is Mantis time, we see quite a few around here!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
  • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
  • Lens: Nikon 105mm f/2.8
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 105.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/90 sec
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza, Silver Efex Pro
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Review: LightTrac (app for IPad)

About a month ago I told you about a great app for the iPhone/iPad called “The Photographers Ephemeris”.  This app gives you the suns location outdoors.  Perfect for planning photo shoots!  I found another similar, and possibly slightly better app.  This is called LightTrac.  It just arrived onto iTunes and if you go quickly…it is only $0.99!!!   Great price!   I downloaded it yesterday and it works great!  I love the slider at the bottom of the screen that allows you to change the time of day.   The angle of the the sun rotates with your selection!    I’d give it a 10 out of 10!!   Kudos LightTrac!!