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Thrifty Thursday: the Mantid’s Shadow

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Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500.

A mantis, in silhouette, waits in an iris at sunset.

[Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3]

The on-camera flash options for a small digicam are pretty awful. One trick to using a point-and-shoot successfully is to avoid flash and look for situations where the ambient light is both sufficient and interesting. Here, a preying mantis in late afternoon sun casts a shadow against an iris petal.

From the other side of the flower, a more conventional image, also taken with the Panasonic with the flash turned off.

Alex Wild About the Author: Alex Wild is an Illinois-based entomologist who studies the evolutionary history of ants. In 2003 he founded a photography business as an aesthetic complement to his scientific work, and his natural history photographs appear in numerous museums, books, and media outlets. Follow on Twitter @myrmecos.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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