I came in to work today and I noticed that he got bigger. He must have molted throughout the night and now he’s about an inch long or so. It’s a shame that they only live for about a year. It would be awesome to have a huge mantis as a long-term pet. I would put a mini harness on him and bring him around with me as long as he promised not to nibble on my face. I bet that’d feel pretty damn weird.
Today I got to test out my bosses new camera so I took a bunch of images of him. This is kind of a mini-review for The NIKON D600 Digital SLR Camera,
Lens I used: 70-200mm f/2.8
Exposure Settings for this image: 1/200 sec; f/3.5; ISO 800
I shot some images in RAW and JPEG to see test the quality difference. I really prefer the editing features of the RAW photos, there’s so much more data in those images that you can really fine tune the image during editing. I just wish my screens were calibrated better. As for the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, I don’t know how I feel about it. It’s a great lens but not good for shooting anything macro. I had to stand about 5ft back just to focus in on Zorak. However, since it wouldn’t zoom in any closer, I had to actually zoom in digitally to focus and during editing in order to make it look like I was zoomed in real close. Here is the actual image to show how it looked before editing. Good thing it’s a high def image, but a macro shot would have been 10x more amazing. I have resized this image to 1024px so that it can be viewed easier on most screens.