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Armoured Warrior

Armoured Warrior
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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: 2005-05-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-05-30 13:31
Viewed: 5710
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Insect World was in turmoil - New Species were developing, older races were disappearing and fossilised. There were mighty upheavals on Terra and Gondwanaland was breaking away from Pangaea.

The warriors of the Arachnida were on the increase while the life force were waning weaker in the Insecta clan. The Armoured Warriors were few and far between – could they, would they, be able to restore the balance in their then not so miniature world?

Sorry; I do get carried away sometimes. This fine warrior was sitting on my car window yesterday afternoon, and the combination of glass, rubber and metallic paint just sort of set my mind racing into other worlds. His eye was SO bright, it looks unreal. This is one of many species of grasshoppers found in SA.

The Family Acrididae has 356 species in our region, and these are divided into 13 subfamilies. This critter is most probably a Garden Locust - Acanthacris ruficornis . It can reach 65 cm - this one was just slightly smaller. It has a midline cream stripe with wings & thorax being dark brown. The hind tibiae boast well-developed white and red spines – these can draw blood easily from a careless finger. The nymphs are soft and bright green in contrast! These guys and their cousins can consume up to 130kg grass per hectare per annum, more than livestock!

I have posted a WS showing the Full Monty, but I liked the mug shot more.

Venue – Roodepoort
Date 29th MAY 2005
Time 13H44
Camera - Nikon D70
ISO 320 & ±-0 EV
Sigma 150 F2.8 APO HSM Macro
Filter – Cokin UV
Focal length – 150 mm
Exposure mode - Aperture Priority - 1/60 @ F13
Metering Mode – Muti Pattern
Flash – TTL on camera
Support - Handheld
Little cropping to suit, levels; Brightness/Contrast; Some USM, reduced to Site size.
( PS, I'm trying to catch-up on commenting)

Fisher, correp01, TAZ, ellis49, JeanMichel, red45, mogens-j, PDP, Janice, twin, chiliu, liquidsunshine, AndyB, scottevers7, Luc, Nico, dew77, marhowie, Comandante, christophe, hummingbird24, gerhardt, coasties, orme, jhm has marked this note useful
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Great macro, my friend.
The 150 Sigma works fine in your hands. Good details, nice colours and good POV. I like the WS too.
Excellent work.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-05-30 13:42]

Excelent capture and well done on the composition.
Join the dark side, together we can take over Trek N.


Hello Callie
Very nice Macro and comment

Nice to get carried away sometimes, Callie, specially when insects are presented like you did with this garden locust. Very good mugshot, taking us to some science-fiction adventure. Changing from great cats and flamboyant birds,isn't it?

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-30 15:37]

Great introducing story Callie :-) Something like Star Wars, something like fantasy or maybe even Warhammer 40.000? Picture looks very 'industrial' with this armoured warrior. Great post!
ps. I still didn't see new Star Wars movie! I know - shame on me, but maybe this week :-)

May you are just seeing too many episodes of Star Wars in a future not so far away;-).

Great capture Callie - he really looks like a warier of ancient times with helmet and armour. Very good dof, lots of details and interesting composition.

Lucky you having such attractive windows in your car - I was wondering what kind of grass he was sitting on until I read your note. By the way, he looks great in full size too.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-30 16:33]

Good macro Callie, the eye is very bright. It does look like it is wearing armour. Good capture and sharpness, well done.
StarWars No 7 on the way! Or is it 8??

Good to see you are putting your 150 F2.8 to good use Callie.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-05-30 17:26]

An amazing macro Callie... wonderfull details... I lie the dark BG... thanks a lot for sharing...
very well done...

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-05-30 17:43]

Superb macro!
Perfrect composed,nice colours and details.

Nice shot Callie,
Good composition, The detail stands out really well against the dark BG.
Well captured, Thanks for posting

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-30 20:00]

A great macro Callie,
I like the diagonal composition and the detail is superb.
Nice and sharp with good lighting.
Excellent work,well done.
Great note!!

Callie, Excellent macro on this guy. I like this version better. This has really good detail. Nice Shot!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-30 22:58]

Hello Callie.
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Japie is still very busy, I guess.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-05-31 2:11]

I like detail (facial expression?) and the warm color. Good one.

Hello Callie!
I miss your landcapes from SA! But this photo is WONDEFUL! I love this Star Wars convension :-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-31 3:53]

Belle et intéressante composition macro-photographique bien réalisée pour cet insecte. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Beautiful & well done macro !

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-31 5:31]

Superb shot Callie!
It's very close and razor sharp.Details are amazing.Framing,lighting and composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-05-31 5:55]

Greetings Callie. Lovely shot, the composition is excellent and the colours are great. I really like this, well done.

Hello Callie, This is very well composed with great DOF, details and sharpness. Gee wiz, When I started to read your lead-in, I thought I was headed for another Star Wars sequel! ;-)) Well done!

Hello Callie!
Wonderful macro.Sharpness,details,lighting and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

Composition: 5/5
Sharpness: 5/5
Color: 5/5
DOF: 5/5
POV: 5/5
In a friendly way Christophe

Exceptional closeup of the warrior's eye, Callie. His armor, etched in great detail from near fatal blows. Well done on this mission, thank you for sharing it with us.
(It's contagious.)

Very interestiong and daring composition. The light is magical. Lovely shot of this commoner. Well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-02 18:34]

Hello Callie,

What a fantastic macro this is! This is so close. The catchlight in the eye is perfect and the details are o so sharp. Really well done. Good POV and DOF. Maybe the top of the shield behind it´s neck is a little OE, but nothing serious. TFS!


Wow, he is an amazing bug. Such incredible details. Looks like something out of the 'Alien' movies. Awesome macro Callie. Perfect! Thanks

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  • orme Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 56] (188)
  • [2005-06-03 10:14]

An amazing macro shot, Callie. The eye is fantastic and the black background works well here. Nicely framed. Thanks for the amusing, then detailed, note.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-06-04 2:21]

Goedemorgen Callie,
De kleuren en de samenstelling zijn van uitzonderlijk kwaliteit.
prachtig werk.
Groeten uit Vlaanderen,

prachtige kop Callie,
uitstekende macro, prachtig uitgewerkt met een goede cropp, mooie details, uitstekend werk mijn vriend,
gr. Jaap

wow, excelent details, callie!i love the composition.it's very sharp and focus is good too.very nicely done!

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