Canon EOS 3, handheld
Sigma 105 EX Macro
Fuji Velvia 50
f5.6, 1/60 second
praying mantis

Contrast is actually a very important aspect of photography, especially when you can achieve complimentary yet contrasting colors — both of them seem to stand out better than normal. Yet also note the difference between the bright green of the mantis and the dark green of the background (but just bright enough to pick out the dark antennae against,) as well as the sharpness of the insect versus the undistracting blur of the background. All contrasts, all contributing to how the image works. In macro work, sometimes a very slight change in position can allow the background to provide more contrast against your subject, bringing out those details, so pay attention to the background and use it wisely.