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.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Alex Wild is Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he 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.