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Guest of my garden

Guest of my garden
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Konica Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 55 mm
Exposure: f/16, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-17 9:22
Viewed: 4558
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 120
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I do not know if this insect is Striped bush-cricket or not. It differs a bit from similar insect, which I met firstly and pictured two years ago (Microcosm?,
Striped bush-cricket). However, I am very glad to meet this insect again directly in my countryside garden.

When I posted mentioned above two pictures our dear friend Horia Bogdan (horia) expressed a regret that I cut the antennas. Now after a long delay I carry out his wish and share entire image of the insect.

This insect posed me patiently few minutes and despite I could post close-up picture (I took whole series of the shots), I have decided to share this one.

Taxonomic hierarchy of Striped bush-cricket you can find using this link.

Many thanks to Ivan Kruys (Argus), who helped me with correct ID. This is Tettigonia viridissima or the Great Green Bush Cricket, a species of bush cricket in the family Tettigoniidae.

About bush-crickets see here.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To iris: Cricket appetite.Alex99 1 07-05 09:40
To Argus: Correct ID. Thanks a lot.Alex99 2 06-17 21:15
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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-06-17 9:35]

Hello Alexei,
really great depth of field and precise focus on the grasshopper and the centre ot the flower.
Nice, and of course intended, that you did not cut the long antenna.
The background is well designed.
Best wishes, Peter
Note added later: After having read your note, I know now the story of the non-cut antenna.

Hi Alexei,
you had a beautiful guest in your garden and you ave captured
in a great way. Great sharpness with almost a perfect DOF,
the insect and the flowers are in very good focus.
Lovely colours and nice lighting.
Well done, my friend.

Hello Alexei,
Very delighted to see such a fine and beautiful image with good quality!
the exposure and focus is in perfection with those sharpness, beautiful colour and awesome details in the shot
my very best compliment for this shot!
take care and my best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-17 9:59]
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Hello Alexei,
A fine capture, up to your usual high macro standard, of the female nymph of a Great Green Bush-cricket (Tettigonia viridissima). The lighting is great and the composition on the aster flower makes it look like it is presented on plate!
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-17 10:02]

Hi Alexei. You have used your fine minolta macro lens to its best.Whis in turn has given you sharp focusing and fine detail. your good use of the light gives natural colours. well done TFS.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-17 10:15]

Hola Alexei.
Beautiful guest You have in Your home, Great image, Lovely colors on the Grasshoper and the flower. Very sharp so we can see fine details in the image.
Nice to see Your work again

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-17 10:36]

Hi Alexei,

A fantastic macro! This would be a beautiful picture even without the wonderful cricket. Amazing details, marvelous colors, and one fantastic scene.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-17 10:40]

Hello Alexei,
My last points today for you, Alexei, for this excellent capture of a little Bush-cricket on a beautiful flower. All very nicely in focus and very sharp details. The green and lilac colours go beautifully together and look good against the soft background in this very fine composition.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-06-17 10:41]

Bonjour Alex
Superbe macro, excellentes couleurs et détails, très beau sujet, félicitations.
Amicalement Robi
J'ai publié il y a un an une prise de la tête du même insecte.

Both technically and graphically a perfect image. It sort of reaches out and grabs me...pulls me into the picture. Very real...almost a third dimension...Well seen Alexei!

Nice quality good DOF Alexei. Lovely colour and sharp detail rgds Necip

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-06-17 12:02]

Hello Alexei,

Excellent composition. Very good POV, DOF and sharpness. Splendid light and vivid colours.

Hello Alexei,
Superb image, Alexei.
Very good lighting. Excellent DOF and POV.
Well done overall..

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-06-17 14:01]

Hi Alexei

Superb macro shot of the bush Cricket.
I love cricket and grasshoppers but have never seen one for real.
Nicely composed with a great POV and alovely pose.
Lovely contrasting colours too.


Vaya toma Alexei !!! No dejas nunca de sorprenderme con tus tomas, todas diferentes y con mucho interés por un motivo u otro. En este caso, una instantánea cargada de realismo, con un ángulo de disparo bien estudiado que presenta al insecto en un plano casi perfecto para su observación . Lograda profundidad y colores de todo el conjunto muy atractivos. Una gran fotografía a mi entender.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

hello Alexei

excellent shot of this cricket kind insect with the wonderful flower,
fine POV at the level of the flower's petals, excellent luminosity
of the image, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Meravigliosa macro, eccellente POV, una composizione curata in ogni particolare dal taglio al decentramento per mantenere l'antenna, ma anche per un perfetto equilibrio degli spazi, ottime nitidezza e definizione dei dettagli, fantastici i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-17 14:35]

Hi Alexei

A beautiful capture of this grasshopper - lovely detail and great lighting and exposure.


Hi Alexei,
excellent shot- nice colours, light and good DOF, great quality image. well done!

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-06-17 17:53]


This is an interesting and very pleasant post. The scene is beautiful with the outstanding colors of the flowers to the rich green of the insect... all perfectly exposed and in fine detail. I love the DOF, the blurred background, and especially the final composition. BRAVO!

You know this site encourages us to show our subjects as close and in as much detail as possible, but sometimes a wider crop speaks louder and I think that is definitely true with this photo.

I hope all is well Alexei and you continue to find joy in nature and photography.

Best Regards,

This is not just a picture; it is a three-dimensional image in which the illusion of seeing the subject with one's own eyes is realized to perfection, Alexei.
Please forgive me if I have not been able to connect with your work on regular basis. You see, life's preoccupations deprive most of us from the joys of it -- like being able to work with your camera as much as possible and then taking a lot of time on TN, posting and admiring the work of other TNers.
Anyway, I am speechless with joy while I look at your picture and admire its beauty.
This image is yet another testimony of your outstanding skills as a nature photographer and of your great sense of aesthetics.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful picture and best regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-18 1:01]

hello Alex,
Very interesting colour-combination and a very natural picture. A wonderful corner of nature, your garden. Nice to have these encounters just front door.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-18 2:23]

Hello Alexei, This is very nice and superb shot. The clarity is perfect.Ganesh

Hallo Alexei
What a lovely combination of colours of both the grasshopper and the flower. The pink of this flower is just magic, and bring out the detail of the hopper so much more. Although not big the black polka in the middle of the eye looks as if it is following you. The lime green of the hopper is just beautiful and what more can I say than: "I am actually green with jealousy".This is a beautifully framed and pleasantly presented image. Focus and sharpness is super. Thanks for sharing this superb image.
Best regards.

Hi Alexei, beautiful cricket and splendid flower with fantastic colors and great sharpness, superb composition with wonderful details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-18 7:47]

Hi Alexei,
What a nice macro.POV,details,DOF,colors,sharpness and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-18 8:48]

Very good macro, Alexei!
Great choice to keep those super-long antenna in the frame :-)
Superb composition.
Excellent detail and sharpness.
Perfect lighting.

Well done!


Dear Alexei,
ample details and splendid light in this loveable image of early summer, showing the whole stage of flowers in perfect sharpness, and the main actor in a patiently approached and carefully well framed totale. A very nice element is the cricket's shadow in front. Thank you for this cheerful image! My best regards,

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-06-18 14:30]

Hi Alexei , wow fantastic colorful shot , good contrast , detail , and depth of field , I really like your choice for crop it makes a very nice composition. TFS

Hi Alexei,
Very pleasing composition combining the beauty of the flower/insect from a great POV. Nice and sharp with great DOF, color, and exposure..
Very well done,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-18 20:19]

Hello Alexei

An almost 3D image of this cricket.
The colours are impressive,natural ,rich and well saturated.
Excellent razor sharp focus and sharpness.
Wonderful use of the light.


Hi dear Alexei my friend,
As always a perfect shot from you.
Colours this shot is wonderful.
It has excellent focus and very nice sharpness.
Thanks for sharing

My best wishes

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-06-19 5:26]

Hi Alexei
great composition
very nice colors
very good sharp and detail

Hi Alex,
I absolutely love the photo! A superb clarity, amazing colors, very well lit subject - everything is in harmony.
Great capture!
Cheers, Andriy

hi alexei!
great macro with good
sharpness and in a nice
lightning,well composed to!
good work!

Hello Alexei,

An unbelievably crisp and detailed shot!
Truly one for the text books!
The flower is as sharp as the cricket! It makes a great accompaniment!

Interesting notes.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-19 12:59]

Hello Alexei,
It's a very good close-up with great focus, light, sharpness, POV, colors and composition. I liked the blurred background and well focused main subject. TFS

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-06-19 14:53]

Hello Alexei,
Very beautiful picture! Great colors and shar details, this
green hopper is very similar to the ones we have in Brasil.
Very nice composition and well done..


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-06-19 15:09]

Ola Alexei
Boa foto deste incrivel grilo, sua cor com o da flor ficou bem legal, seus detalhes são bem definidos ea nitidez esta otima.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-19 16:50]

Hi Alex ,what a nice colors composition!!!Violet,green and yellow toghether in a wonderfull shot,a very artistic way to show the nature,my best compliments,Luciano

Hi Alexei,
A lovely sharp capture of this beautiful bush cricket. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

My "dear" friend, Alexei,
Details of EXCELLENT clarity.
What do you put in your morning coffee, that you can produce such MARVELOUS work???
Congratulations from Mario, your Canadian Pal.

Hi Alexei,
This cute creature looks like coming out from a cartoon! Lightning, colors and details are particularly original! You chose excellent composition with superb exposure. This is very nice and your little subject is very friendly! :) Thanks and my best wishes,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-21 22:03]

Hi Alexei,
Outstanding macro shot of this Bush Cricket with amaing colours and sharpness. Great colour contrast of the flower and the Cricket and you have had it in a fine pose. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

This is a superb shot, Alexei..Love the range of colours and the sharpness.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2008-06-22 10:34]

Hi Alexei,
I am always amazed of how long the antennas are of this grasshopper.
Very nice capture of the grasshopper on a nice flower with nice colours and good light.
Good composition and well seen.
TFS Paula

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-06-23 3:19]

The Alexei/Konica Minolta 100mm combination is very impressive here! Great clarity, colour reproduction - exposure and composition are superb also, very well done!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-06-24 7:40]

Very good capture of this beauty Alexei! Sharp as usual, a perfect exposure and a great composition, thanks!


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-06-25 2:24]

I don't know either, Alexei, but it is sure a beautiful specimen perfectly captured by a magnificent photographer, and so he was clever and patient for you to take the picture. I love the picture and the composition with the whole antenae and all.
Thank you very much for sharing, dear friend.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-06-25 10:01]

Hi Alexei
Beautiful composition.Excellent POV and colors.Detail are amasing ,great light to.
TFS Michel

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-06-25 11:57]

hello my dear friend
here is wonderful macro photo from your great portfolio again
composition, POV, DOF, light, colours, sharpness and details are great

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-26 0:48]

Hola Alexei,
original visitante,:))
bella escena color e iluminación...
detalles y links, fino trabajo amigo.

Hello Alexei!
It is a rather late so this time only a short comment :)
Very nice picture of interesting quest from your garden :)
I like composition a lot.
Best greetings from Lodz!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-06-27 3:54]

Hello Alexei,
Your amazing camera work shines again. The focus is razor sharp, the exposure is spot on, the composition is brilliant and the depth of field is perfect. Amazing work Alexei.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-28 0:09]
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Hi Alex,
Great light, colours make this is real crispy shot...I can see the hopper's eye so clearly.The composition looks wonderful.
I wonder how much of the flower did the hopper polish off.I have seen them finishing up flower petals quite quickly....

I love the colour of the flower here.The hopper looks crisp and sharp and every detail wonderfully picked up.Very well done.
TFS & Cheers


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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-06-29 14:42]

Hola Alex, excelente profundidad de campo, buen color, nitida y con texturas. Muy buena la composición. Un saludo

Hi Alexei,
nice this tettigonia nymph. No compliments added, you have all comments from TN colleagues. Well done, Alexei!
Best regards

Hola Alexei,
Una imagen muy bella en su composición, con gran nitidez, preciosa luz y color, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

Hello Alexei. Excellent focus on this geat green perching well on that flower. I like the fine details and excellent control of the exposure. The depth and the blurry background makes the composition really stunning. Well done and best regards. Jusni

Hi Alex
Very unusual presentation. Cricket on a beautiful flower. I like the composition and POV with the whole flower. Also perfect sharpness and DOF and nice not disturbing background As always very good job
Best wishes

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-13 21:47]

Hi Alex,
really beautiful in composition and colours. well presented with nice selected point of view.
i like the use of light here.
well done in a very special way.


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