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Poison Delight

Poison Delight
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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 180 F2.8 HSM Macro
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 1), Magnificent Macros [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-24 10:36
Viewed: 10666
Favorites: 7 [view]
Points: 104
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Grasshoppers belong to the Order Orthoptera. These are large to medium sized insects, whose hind legs are usually modified for jumping. The first part of the thorax is called the pronotum and is massively developed. The front pair of wings is leathery, the back pair is fanlike. Both pairs on one may be missing in adults.

These insects are divided into two groups according to the length of their antennae – short-horned locusts and grasshoppers and long-horned katydids and crickets. The former group has sound producing organs on their hind legs and the later group sing by means or organs on their wings.

Our colourful friend here belongs most probably to the Pyrgomorphidae family. There are 39 known species in SA of this family. Many of these grasshoppers have warning colours like this one is flaunting and can secrete foamy defensive liquid. This one is probably one of two species of the Dictyophorus spumans – foam grasshoppers.

These are large – 64 mm grasshoppers with black and red bodies & legs. It extracts and stores heart poisons called cardiac glycosides from wilkweed on which it feeds. Is has been recorded that these grasshoppers have been fatal to dog who ate them.
I found this guy on my driveway today and promptly repositioned him onto the hawthorn. Light was cloudy with intermittent breakthrough of the sun.

Venue – Roodepoort
Date 24th April 2005
Time 12h08
Camera - Nikon D70
ISO 400 & ± 0,0 EV.
Sigma 150 HSM Macro
Filter – Cokin UV
Focal length - 150 mm.
Exposure mode - Aperture Priority – 1/200 @ F18
Flash – iTTL on camera
Support – Handheld
PP – no cropping; bit levels and shadow-highlights, Sharpened edges and faded mode; reduced to Site size

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Très belle macro Callie !
Les couleurs sont très belles et les détails sont au rendez-vous.
Bravo !

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-24 11:02]

A tasty dish, not really, according to your title. But a tasty and digestible photo. The sharpness of details makes me salivate. The composition, the point of view and the depth of field make a dish of choices for the gourmets of the photography.
Thank you, friend Callie. Do you deliver? ;-) It seems that yes, and it worldwide!

Brilliant colours! Great detail, right up to the grasshopper's eye.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-04-24 11:29]

This is amazing,I've never seen anything like it!
The colours,details and composition are excellent.
Great DOF too.
Good framing job also.
Very well done!

Hi Callie

Fantastic Shot.

Very nice colors and sharpness.
The composition is excellent.

Great macro Callie.
Excellent sharpness, colouts, very good composition and DOF.
Great work.
Well done, my friend.

This must be a very rare photo taken with two lenses at the same time. ;-))))

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  • pgmoni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
  • [2005-04-24 12:20]

Wow ! Amazing picture of an amazing grasshopper ! Thanks for posting.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-04-24 12:31]

Hij is prachtig Callie,
Mooie compositie, schitterende kleuren, prachtige pov en dov. Uitstekende macro Callie, goed werk

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-04-24 12:37]

What a beauty!!! A beautiful grasshopper with vivid colors. Excelent composition and well done on the details.


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-04-24 12:44]

Superbe photo Callie. Les couleurs de l'insecte sont surnaturelles !!Belle composition. Didier.

Now he looks like a tough cookie. A photogenic subject but difficult to keep the details in the black. Well done for the picture and thanks for the very informative note as well.

Hi Callie!
What can I say? It's simply wonderful on every aspect. Special mention for the left front leg pose, giving a very lively touch to this beauty. Those vivid colors are a pleasure for the eye. Ours are looking dull compared to this one.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-04-24 13:08]

This must be the variation of the subtropics. What an interesting grasshopper, and your shot is really very good. Very good details and color with perfect compposition.
Well done Callie.

I like the bold bright colours and the sharpness of this Callie, excellent work.


Callie, What a wild color scheme..Really like your frame here also. Great sharpness and details..Fantastic bug - Fantastic shot!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-04-24 15:59]

Callie - amazing colours! Grasshopper itself is superb but with this berries looks even better! Excellent quality and details, interesting note. It convinced me - I don't want to eat so colorfull creature ;-) TFS!

Excellent shot Callie,
Great exposure, colours, details and sharpness. Very good composition.
Thanks for posting

Stunning capture, just perfect. Nothing but enjoy. Thanks very much.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-04-24 16:29]

Fantastic insect in fantastic colors, excellent photo.

Awesome capture Callie. Amazing colours. This is a vibrant shot, nicely composed, with excellent detail and superb presentation. Nice work. Thanks

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-24 17:07]

Hello Callie, I think I can see some of those six spots! :-) Wait til they get to the magnificent seven and then clean ;-)

Excellent shot here, lovely details and comsposition. The colours are excellent. Well done.

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-04-24 18:02]

Nice shot!
Great colours. Beautiful light and a perfect composition. I like it very much.
Very well done!

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2005-04-24 20:08]

Gorgeous... jaw dropping and hitting the floor now....what a superb image...color, details, extremely unique subject...you got a real winner here, Callie!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-25 2:16]

AMAZING macro Callie!
Colors,details,DOF and sharpness are excellent.
Composition is superb.Very,very well done!TFS...:-)

If Mephisto was an insect, I would suspect nothing less or more but this face here !
Amazing detail, superb contrast and colours.
You know what you are doing and you are one of the few people here conscient of the value of a specialty filter use !

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-04-25 3:21]

Stunning macro, Callie. What a fantastic shot. It is perfect on all levels. congratulations on an amazing capture. : )

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-25 3:39]

Waouh ! Très belle et intéressante composition photographique pour ce superbe et étonnant insecte. Très jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Wonderful & Very Well Done !

Arrgghh! Ek soek die outjie al 'n geryme tyd. Great shot Callie, lovely contrasts and vivid red colors. Tack sharp. Love it. These milkweeds are my favourite "hoppers". Judging by the size of the swollen abdomen it looks like she is ready to deposit some eggs. :) Great shot, very well done. 1st posted shot with the new lens?

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-25 6:17]

Heya Callie!

I am glad to see you post again my friend. :) What a wonderful capture of this -to me- very rare grashopper. I have never seen it before. the colors are stunning (the red is marvelous) and the details are razorsharp. Your POV is great, DOF very good and composition couldn't be better. I also like your OOF BG a lot. And of course the orange berries ... they are very nice and add a great colortone. TFS!

Hmmm ... ran out of points already ... Do you accept a raincheck or maybe creditcard? Oh well, IOU (I owe you). :)


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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-25 8:50]

Incredible shot. I really like the composition on the diagonal and the stunning colours. The textured background sets it off perfectly.
Run out of greenies.
Regards Toni

Wonderful macro Callie!
Nothing to say anymore,everything is perfect.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • VeTTe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 0] (684)
  • [2005-04-25 11:00]

excellent colors, composition and sharpen
thanks for sharing..

Great macro Callie.
Excellent sharpness, colours
Great work.
Well done


WOW! This is the best.....I love this shot. I think you nailed this one perfectly. 10 points in my book

Very smart Callie, the red and black outfit is outstanding the Orange Firethorn (Pyracantha 'Navaho')possibly.
Is that an oof netting fence behind it? not that it is aproblem as it is so OOF as to make every thing stand out nice one TFS

Textbook quality, great colours and POV and the F-18 worked well to get the entire beast within DOF range.

Amazing picture Callie. He looks like a soldier from Star Wars. Perfect colors, sharpness and composition. Your "mise-en-scène" is very good. Thanks!

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-04-27 2:31]

Dag Callie,
Wat een prachtig kleuren foto en o zo scherp man, en een passend frame, leuk om naar te kijken, de nota zoals altijd perfect.

The colours,details and composition are excellent, I like it.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2005-04-29 4:12]

Amazing picture and grasshopper.

Callie, you guys have some great looking fauna over there. Just spectacular colour combo and siting on the orange fruit with OOF background makes a wonderful composition. Well done.

Oh by the way, my website is back up and I updated the link in my profile to it.
Cheers, Chris

What a sharpness, what a close-up and what a beautiful colours, great Callie !

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-05-04 18:00]

Hi Callie,

I have never seen such a horrible beauty. WOW wath an amazing striping as if it is painted with photoshop. Very strong colourfull photo.



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  • orme Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 56] (188)
  • [2005-05-09 11:47]

Fantastic shot, Callie. The black and red 'body-armour' of the Grasshopper is incredible beautiful. The other bright colours and the excellent background finish of the composition perfectly.

It looks like the grasshopper has a shell in metal. Colours are lively and their structure is completed. I like very much. Great shot!

On dirait que la sauterelle a une cuirasse en métal. Les couleurs sont vives et leur agencement est parfait. J'aime beaucoup. Bien fait!

encore une photo extraordinaire! vetue de cuire, elle sort le grand jeu!
que de couleurs!
bravo callie, et quel professionnalisme!

Extraordinaire photographie ! Quel agencement de couleurs !

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-01-24 14:15]

Hi Callie!

Very sharp and well exposed close-up! The balance between fill-in flash and ambiant exposure is excellent. The shallow DOF turn out the brown vegetation into a studio BG. Colors harmony and saturation is excellent.
Splendid work and TFS.

Hello Callie,
Amazing shot, fantastic colors, excelent composition...

Well done

Hej Callie!
Ale fajny cudaczek! Wyglada jak wystrojona kobitka! Bardzo dobra glebia ostrosci i pieknie zarysowane detale, szczegolnie podoba mi siê ten ciemny kolor, bo jest trudny.
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam - Roma

Hi Callie
Excellent sharpness and colouts of the grasshopper very good composition and DOF.
Great work.
Well done

Hello Callie.

Excellent image, nice compoition and colors.
Very good details.

Jose Luis.

very good pic, TFS Ori

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