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Posing :)
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Hoya Close-Up 52mm +1, +2, +4
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-30 11:38
Viewed: 3350
Points: 102
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another shot of the same Acrida ungarica i photographed earlier this year. As i've told you before, this "little" fellow was more than cooperative and kept changing his pose about once per minute, just enough for me to keep going around him and taking a few shots.

I particularly liked this one because of its interesting pose and the composition it resulted in.
I would have you know that that behind there is his leg - completely stretched (i have no idea why) - which measured about 10-11 cm in length :)

Hope you like it :)

Exif data:
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Extra lens: Hoya Close-up +1
Focal Length: 127mm (35mm equiv.)
Shutter Speed: 1/1600
F-Stop: f/3.5
Exposure Bias: -1/3
Metering Mode: Spot
Flash: No
Supprot: Handheld
Weather: Clear and sunny
TOD: about 1 PM

Dave, ramthakur, marjan, jmp, RAP, Argus, dew77, Hil, Signal-Womb, jcoowanitwong, scottevers7, coasties, Silvio2006, Alex99, marhowie, livios, valy67, anavazao, JORAPAVI, mikou, SkyF, vanderschelden, volkan, Dando, Florin has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Shoot_Score: gymnast :))horia 1 01-15 16:33
To vanderschelden: thanks :)horia 1 12-05 13:52
To SunToucher: Looking forwards to it :)horia 3 12-01 10:55
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hi horia,
another nice post from you,
well composed shot,
blurred bg adds to the look of the shot,
well saturated colours,
nice pov, good dof,
sharpness is excellent,
very well done as usual,
tfs & regards

Hello Horia,
What a face!!! LOL. This is a great shot, very clear and sharp with excellent POV and composition. I like this beautiful BG and lightning. Well done and TFS,

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-11-30 12:00]

Hi Horia,

Cute title and wonderful pose! This one produced a pleasant chuckle when I opened it...;-) Excellent composition!

Thanks & TFS,


HI Horia,
realy a nice posing on this strange looking guy. I never saw such a hopper here in Germany, but in Thailand they looked the same.
Thanks, very well done, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Horia,
I think it is not easy to present this creature - consisting of only thin structures - in a most attractive way. However, the 'face' is captured in an impressive way. This is also true for the leg protruding upwards. Perhaps another crop would have been more advantageous neglecting (cutting) the downwards directed leg (I tried a workshop and hope that the result is acceptable by you).
Best wishes, Peter

He must be feeling a cramp in his leg, so he must have stretched it out for comfort, Horia :-)!
Is the elongation of features a reuslt of the lens you have used here?
Anyway, great composition from an interesting point of view.
Thanks and take care.

Simpática imagen Horia. Los colores son estupendos, así como el fondo. Bellos contrastes.
Muchos saludos, JL.

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-11-30 12:52]

hi doria,intersting shot, good POV and composition. First time I saw someone like this, TFS

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-30 13:03]

Hi Horia,
Very funny pose indeed! Lovely creature and great composition.
TFS, José M.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-11-30 13:41]

Hello Horia , Fantastic shot, what a cute beast , very good compositie details sharpnes colours pov and bg ,good job ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-30 13:59]

Jajaja... divertido punto de vista amigo mío el que has captado aquí, con un escaso DOF generando un desenfoque muy apropiado a la escena.
Me gusta el encuadre con la rama llena de espinas ligeramente inclinada y la perfecta difusión del fondo.
Otro acierto para tu portfolio.
Un gran saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Jajaja... amusing point of view my friend that you have captured here, with a scarce DOF generating a very appropriate out of focus to the scene.
I like the framing with the branch full thorns with lightly inclined and the perfect diffusion of the backdrop.
Another success for your portfolio.
A great greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-11-30 14:45]

Hello Horia,
Nice little chap stretching his leg, not so little if his leg measured 10 cm.
Nevertheless you present this grasshopper interestingly, clearly, well placed and with fine BG.
Well done!
Best wishes, Ivan

An excellent capture.
Very sharp.
Well composed.
Very, very clear register.
Well presented.
Best regards, Mario.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-11-30 15:02]

Lol, I love this. It makes me laugh. It looks like the grasshopper is checking you out. That back leg is very strange. Wonderful light and colours and perfect composition. Lovely blurred BG



Hello Horia,
lovely and lively presentation of Acrida, that does behave quite stiffly at many encounters, but here it seems to be in very good spirits, and ready to dance or ready for a joke.
The most charming portrait of Acrida I've ever seen.
Thank you! Best regards,

P.S.: A few weeks ago I finally met my first Acrida in the field. But that was in India ...

Hi Horia
Amazing POV. Great composition. I like these simple (compsotion)beautiful shot very much
Best wishes

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-30 17:00]

Hello Horia,
Magnificent capture.Simple BG,POV,details,sharpness,framing and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-11-30 17:00]

Hi Horia

Just love your Slant Faced Grasshopper shot, he really has a great face and me thinks he should be a new cartoon character, great pose with one of his legs sticking out for a stretch, the colours are really lovely and the blurred BG is excellent.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Horia,
Great macro..POV, colorus, details,sharp and composition are excellent.


Great composition on the diagonal branch Horia. I am glad to see you kept all in frame without clipping. This little chap is lifted from the blurred background. It a fine capture mf and is very different. Good work..

Hello Horia,
A pleasant picture to see. The image quality and composition are very smooth that I have no complain to make. Well done and TFS.

Hi Horia,
I really like the composition you were able to create here. The quality light was nice and bright without being harsh. Excllent exposure has the colors looking great. Nice sharp detail with good control on the DOF. Very well done.

Hi Horia

Ha.. ha... great shot. Love the way this guy is looking right at you. Good composition, sharpness and clarity. Top shot! :-)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-30 23:16]

Hello Horia

Another excellent photo of this insect.The composition is very good.The DOF and POV are very good.The photo is very clear with sharp detail.Very well done.TFS


Hi Horia, beautiful photo of this alien monster, great sharpness and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Horia,
Excellent close-up of your green little friend!
Good point of view, and what a pose he gives you!!
Pablo -

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-12-01 3:13]

Hi Horia,
It's on TN that I discovered the Acrida ungarica, which seems to me a quite interesting creature. Perfect pose indeed.Good point of view,beautiful background and composition.
Best regards

Hi Horia,
Nice slim grasshopper. Great DoF, sharp and very neat BG. Yes, composition is great. Nicely framed too.
Great shot and very nice PP works.

Ben Lakitan

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-01 4:59]

Hi Horia.
Amazing scene, excellent composition and perfect execution. Great extremely blurred BG with nice colour tones and colour passages. Fine lighting of the insect and branch. Superb sharpness and details of the captured scene. The best work. Bravo and TFS.

Hi Horia,
I need to start with WOW!!! What a photo and what a super moment captured. You were really lucky that this fellow was so willing to pose. I love the OOF BG and the composition. Great sharpness and colors. Just a super photo.

P.S. I am going to visit Dwingelderveld this saturday. I've heard that this is one of the best moor fields in western Europe. I try to come back with some photos that will show you some awesome spots to see insects.

Good Morning Horia, this is a cute little fella, I guess he needed a morning stretch just like us! It is a great shot, I like the way hes perched there on that branch with his leg stretched out...:o) Great closeup shot with a great DOF.
tfs Donna :o)

thanks for your comments on my photo "Mt. Mansfield , VT"

Hello Horia,

Very nicly composed and capture photo, details are spot on the colors Bg POV DOF stunning, Excellent work

TFS Kyle

Well done Horia.
My favorite hopper again I see :)
Interesting POV and compostion, with the split OOF BG a plus IMO..Great detail, color, and exposure as well.
Have a nice weekend!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-12-01 14:10]

Horia, this is rather funny - and that's great.

A very nice picture with excellent sharpness, pov and composition.


Funny subject in a cute pose! i like the pov and framing Horia, made this composition different for a grasshopper. Wonderful bg also!

As for the leg may waiting for a possible ball to kick it:-)

Thank you my friend!

Do you know master Dali work? This one has a surealistic mood similar to some of his pictures :) Seems as everything has been streched.
Lovely capture of this strange subject I had never herad of, with great details, and perfect BG.
Thanks MF and best regards.

Hello Horia !
Another wonderful shot of this beautiful grasshopper, Ilove the shape of its head very much. Perfect composition and lovely colors in the BG, excellent details, and a wonderful pose of the insect - this stretched leg is very unusual. He was very kind to pose for you, he must have been proud to be captured by such a great photographer than you !

bonjour horia
revoila cette sauterelle extra terrestre,j'aime beaucoup sa pose,mais aussi les couleurs la netteté et le BG parfaitement OOF.
le POV est bon egalement.

Hi friend,
Just perfect, I say! Beautiful photo, I like much of the composition! Great colours and very nice description! Well done!

Hola Horia,
Que maravilla, una gran foto de este minúsculo insecto, buena composición, luz y gran nitidez hacen una delicia de toma. Saludos

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-03 10:08]

Hi Horia.
Excellent capture.Really interesting,this pose functions a little funny.Nice POV,very good DOF and perfect OOF BG.Very nice colours.Great work!
Regards Milos

Hi Horia

Very interesting shot! excellent composition!


I can see why this earned you so many points. It is marvelous in its simpllicity and sharpness. Super work. TFS
Evelynn : )

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-03 21:41]

Hello Horia,
great shot of this interesting bug. I like the DOF, it brings out the big eyes even more. Very nice composition, Excellent sharpness and great colors.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-12-04 12:14]

Hi Horia,
Great close up capture.
Very nice details and sharpness indeed.
Well done

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-12-04 17:30]

Hi Horia, excellent close-up. Great pose and perfect lighting and composition. Great work, TFS,

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-12-05 21:24]

He looks very funny Horia
Good sharpnes, BG, details, colours and POV.
Well done Horia


Hi Horia,
An odd grsshopper, that looks a bit strange but very well posing for you in this branch. I like the POV and bi coloured BG.

Hi Horia,
Very good compo..
Great blurred BG.
Subtle image!

Horia, allow me to fill yer centurion point!

This one caught my eye from the miniture. It looked like a stick with big thorns and a bug clinging.

Imagine my surprise when the long "thorns" are the hopper's legs... What kinda gymnast is this?

Anyway as to technical aspects: great capture and presentation.
Beautiful perspective on the head and eye of the hopper. [ I will never look at one the same way! ] You have the important parts in focus. Well done all around. Jay

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-12-24 16:13]

Hello Horia
great capture, really looks fantastic in this pose with great big eyes
composition is nice and beautiflly blured background
regards, Dejan

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