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My Grass!!!

My Grass!!!
Photo Information
Copyright: Matthew Bird (Matt-Bird) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 303 W: 33 N: 400] (1942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 DI MACRO 1:1
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-03 18:39
Viewed: 5405
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This grasshopper's brilliant green yellow colour caught my eye and of course I had to get a photo of it. I had to slowly part the grass in front of the lens to get a clear and close photo. It all most jumped away but being slow and steady paid off. The colours in this photo seem strong but are the natural colours all most. The colours changed slightly when I ran it through PS curves but apart from that this is one bright yellow green grasshopper. The sun has lit the grass and back of the hooper but I think PS curves may have take some of that natural light appearence away. I ran the photo through neat image and PS unsharpen mask and levels as well.

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Super sharp neat composition Matt. Fine detail, POV and lighting.

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2007-08-03 19:07]

Wow, killer macro, Matthew. Amazing details, those hairs really show it of. I love the limited comlor pallate, and that wild green color. Good job with the dark bg, too.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-03 19:20]

Hi Mathew,
Outstanding close-up shot of this grasshopper. Very neat and sharp image and lovely green colour all throughout. The focus and lighting are superb and you have captured a nice pose. Against the black BG the green subjects stand out elegantly. I like its gorgeous eyes. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kuods.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-03 19:46]

Hello Matt

The colours are deep,vivid and well saturated.excellent contrast.The crop and composition is very nicely done.The textures are superb.You have excellent focus and sharpness of detail.The eye is terrific.TFS


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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-08-03 22:41]

Bonjour Matt
Superbe composition, gestion de l'exposition et de la lumière, cadrage et netteté. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-03 22:41]

Hi Matt,

A fantastic macro of this grasshopper and a beautiful composition. Wonderful clarity and the eye is amazing. Beautiful greens that look wonderful with the black background..


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-03 22:54]

Hello Matt, WOW super shot and crisp. Ganesh

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-08-03 23:19]

Hello Matt,
Lovely macro, the green hopper is very beautiful
Great POV and composition.. Well Done


Hello Matthew,
Perfect sharpness with vivid colour and details!
good DOF and beautiful frame!
well composed and well seen
thanks for sharing
Greeting from NZ

Hello Matthew,
Nice compo;good sharpness.

Hi Matthew
above all very nice compo!

Hello Matthew,
Your patience in slowly part away the grassess in front of the lens paid off greatly.
Fantastic sharp, clear and detailed shot of this most wonderful green and yellow colored grasshopper.
Perfect sharpness, lighting and composition.
Great pose of the grasshopper with it's front legs firmly around the grass and the next two legs spread out to hold him steady.
Excellent work and a great joy to look at.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend,

Hello Matt,
Excellent POV & comp, with the two blades of grass framing your head..I like the way the hopper is huggin' that blade of grass too..
Great use of flash with very good detail, sharpness, DOF, color, and BG. That eye really stands out :)
Very well done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-08-04 4:38]

Hi Matt - excellent capture. It's a Study in Green! Amazing closeness, sharp and clear. I'm impressed, well done

Hi Matthew,
Lovely pose you carpture of this grasshopper
very sharp and colorful well done, TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-08-04 9:11]

Hi Matt.
This is great portrait of this grasshopper.So sharp details.Beautiful composition with good POV and amazing saturations of colors.As well as contrast against dark BG is wonderful.Excellent work.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

This is a very striking image Matthew. I love the light and the simplicity of composition and palette. the flash darkened the BG wonderfully. it is just super!

Evelynn : )

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-08-04 18:09]

Mathew, this is very beautiful.

Excellent shades of green and great bg. I like contrast, dof and sharpness too.


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-08-04 18:35]

The colors and details visible on your grasshopper are impressive. Excellent POV and to have the eye so prominent in your photo is excellent. Great job with the sharpness which shows perfectly on the antennas.

With no other insect could you do green on green so well. I am not sure if it is the clarity of the picture or lens or just your eye and whatever...but this is textbook stuff. No better could be done.


Hello Matthew,
this scene of tenderness will end in a meal, it is very made a success of...

salut Matt,bien joué car il fallait la voir si bien camoufflée,la prise est superbe,bravo


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-05 8:50]

Hello Matt,
Excellent close macro of a grasshopper nymph. Great sharpness and detail with superb colour and excellent use of flash. Nice composition on the blade of grass too.
TFS and have a good week,

selam Mathew, nice macro shot and very good composition of this green grasshopper nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done my friend !
Regards ridvan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-05 10:17]

Hi Matt,
What an impressive macro of this Grasshopper!
Superb details and fine colours. I like the composition very much!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Matthew,
On the spot focus with with great color clarity. Detail and texture are clearly presented here. Lovely pov. Very well done.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-09 0:13]

Hi Matthew

A wonderful macro. The focus' lighting and colours are terrific.


I just got back from China - I am still on anti-biotics for the chest infection I picked up!!

Wow, what a masterpiece of a picture, Matthew! Goodness gracious, both the grasshopper and the grass seem to be made from the same material!
A superb portrait of this wonderfully green insect.
Thanks for sharing this gem of a picture and best regards.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-08-10 13:22]

Hi Matthew.
What a nice and impressive scene you have pictured. Pose of the insect, its "state of mood" is so attractive. Details and vertical cropping are perfect. Strong green colour palette is very nice. Lighting is unusual and wonderful. Bravo. Superb done and TFS.

Delicado retrato con impresionantes colores y todo ello adornado con un excelente enfoque, buena composición y fondo adecuados. Una preciosa fotografía.
Saludos Matthew.

encore une que je n' avais pas vu, félicitations tout en vert, cela donne une parfaite image de l'insecte, bon bg
bravo, merci pour votre partage

WOW...great close-up. Sharp, well focused, great details and such a splendid green!!!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-20 2:17]

Hello Matt,
This grasshopper-picture is fantastic, very artistically shown. I like the "ton sur ton", green on green. Excellent pose also and vivid eye. Well seen

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-08-27 22:59]

L'insecte ressort bien entre les herbes.
Bonne journée.

Hi Matthew,
incredibly beautiful capture here. Fantastic sharpness, colours and dof. I'm amazed by the quality of details you managed to get!
Thanks for sharing


Matthew, this is a really good shot. A lot of detail and sharpness. Bill

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