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Hemideina sp.

Hemideina sp.
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ-2-S
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-10-11 4:18
Viewed: 5503
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another old shot I pulled out of my 2005 files, taken on my old 2mp Lumix FZ2S
The DoF isn't brilliant as I knew nothing of aperture priority then, and the old Lumix couldn't do that in macro mode anyhow.

Anyway, this is your average Tree Weta (Hemideina species) found commonly in firewood piles around the country.
They generally live in rotting logs in the forest and feed mainly on leaves and rotting wood, although they will eat some small creatures.
They look fearsome, especially when striking a defensive pose, with their back legs raised vertically above their head, but are in fact a reasonably docile insect if handled carefully.
Called 'King Crickets' in some countries, Weta can reach quite large proportions in some species.
The Poor Knights Island Cave Weta can grow to 45cm long (including legs and antennae) whilst the stockier Giant Weta can weigh over 70 grams (as heavy as a Song Thrush)

Hope you like this shot of one of the gentle giants of the insect world.


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Hi Steve
45 cm!!! I am running! I hope you used the tele ;-)
lovely result anyway with great sharpness spot on the head and nice colours

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-11 5:10]

45CM!!!!!!!! Blooooomin' Heck!!
It could eat you alive at that size!
I'm going to have nightmares of massive grasshoppers eating me up now :(
A super good shot of this hefty cricket.
+++ I think the DOF works well even if you don't. Nice lighting and good colours. Excellent sharpness and details. Great composition.
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Well done mate,

Not bad at all for a 2Mp camera.
Good sharpness considering and I like the composition; well exposed.
POV is a bit dodgy, but as you say you were young then :)


Hi Steve,
Great macro with excellent details and colors, very well done

Dear Steve
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Perfect focusing,lighting and BG,
Wonderful shot with a 2mp camera,Welldone.

Good Luck

Hi Steve

You're keen, getting this close to a Weta. Did it jump on you, I hear they cling really well? :)

Nice tight composition and placing the Weta on a diagonal across the frame makes for a more interesting and stronger image. It's good to see all it's legs and antennae are included too.

On my screen the image has an overall yellow cast (especially noticeable in the bark and lichens) so I have done a workshop for you to adjust the blue channel using the curves tool in Photoshop to reduce the yellow a tad. Hope you don't mind.


PS - for those freaking out at the 45cm maybe you should post a pic of a Cave Weta. :)

Hi Steve,
nice shot of this interesting insect. Nicely composed. POV, sharpness, details very nice. But interesting and informative notes about it. 45 cm very large.
thanks for sharing
best wishes

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-12 1:49]

Hi Steve,
My woe continues, just marking the shot for the time being and will come back with a proper critique later. Sorry.

It looks good picture-wise but it looks like a yucky that might jump and bite me kinda bug. My OZ friends whom I see face to face tell me never to go down under..I would be in company of insects, snakes and natives who would "take advantage" of my naivety. But as far as a photo goes.... I might have to remember my ZigZag way of going..:-)

Hello Steve!
Well, now I can see of of the most enigmatic and amazing insect species in the world! Genus includes Hemideina one of the most amazing creatures among not only Orthoptera but the whole animal fauna. Did you know that some New Zeland species can survive freezing? (for more details please see my note here , I know the species is totaly different and not so impressive :>).
According to technical aspects of this image I have to say that thanks to very good POV, DOF and colouration it is a great pleasure to watch this photo. Very good work!
TFS and my best regards,

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-10-13 15:47]

Hello Steve,
The NZ wetas are scary animals :-) Would like to see one alive one day... Perfect presentation - well seen ears on the front tibia and the shiny armour.
Best greetings & TFS!

Hola Steve,
Curioso ejemplar de sorprendentes medidas, menos mal que es un insecto dócil, su pose mas que defensiva parece de intimidación, excelente la nitidez y detalles conseguidos, saludos
José Ramón

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