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Mr. Grasshopper.

Mr. Grasshopper.
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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Grasshopper [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-27 13:30
Viewed: 3110
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Grasshoppers are herbivorous insects of the suborder Caelifera in the order Orthoptera. To distinguish them from bush crickets or katydids, they are sometimes referred to as short-horned grasshoppers. Species that change colour and behaviour at high population densities are called locusts.

Camouflage is important for grasshoppers to survive.The Grasshoppers have antennae that are almost always shorter than the body (sometimes filamentous), and short ovipositors. Those species that make easily heard noises usually do so by rubbing the hind femurs against the forewings or abdomen (stridulation), or by snapping the wings in flight. Tympana, if present, are on the sides of the first abdominal segment. The hind femora are typically long and strong, fitted for leaping. Generally they are winged, but hind wings are membranous while front wings (tegmina) are coriaceous and not fit for flight. Females are normally larger than males, with short ovipositors.

They are easily confused with the other sub-order of Orthoptera, Ensifera, but are different in many aspects, such as the number of segments in their antennae and structure of the ovipositor, as well as the location of the tympana and modes of sound production. Ensiferans have antennae with at least 30 segments, and caeliferans have fewer. In evolutionary terms, the split between the Caelifera and the Ensifera is no more recent than the Permo-Triassic boundary

Saludos Luis52.

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2007-09-27 13:37]

Grasshopper's variety amazes me always. Such first see once.
I thank for division with picture

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-09-27 13:45]

Hola Luis,
the presentation of this grasshopper is brilliant. Point of view and depth of field are just right to show the entire insect with pretty good sharpness.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-27 14:32]

Hi Luis
Excellent composition.Your image is very sharp with beautiful details.POV and colors are excellent.You als were able to capture that catch light in the eye of your subject.
TFS Michel

Hello Luis, splendid grasshoppers very colored, yellow contrasted very well with black, realy good focus with wonderfull details, ideal deeph of field and beautifull background,
very well done,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-27 15:12]

Hola Luis,
precioso saltamontes,
color y grandes detalles,
bello trabajo,

Real nice sharpness and brings out all the patterns of the creature well Luis.Usted siempre sabe cuando poner un retrato. Es siempre su mejor uno.


Hola Luis,
Parece ser un saltamontes bien grande, aqui hay unos similares, pero soon algo raros, creo que es de la familia romaleidae. muy bonitos colores y nitidez

Hola Luis,
Muy bueno el resultado de esta macro!
Los detalles captados en el saltamonte son muy buenos, se puede uno dar banquete con sus colores y patrones.
Las antenas y bandas amarillas alrededor de la cabeza destacan de sobremanera en la imagen.
Buen trbajo y gracias por compartirlo.
Un gran saludo,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-09-27 16:22]

Hi Luis,

Wonderful capture of this grasshopper. The details are just amazing. The markings are wonderful - so is the face and the antennae. Marvelous colors too.


hello Luis

WOW, what a wonderful composition,
is the the details and that yellow color
that i like mot in your photo, TFS


Great POV Luis
Excellent sharpness and good DOF
A colourful species this one.
Good composition too.


hi luis!
A grasshopper i never seen so
thanks for this fine picture
with really good sharpness and
a nice exposure!
good work!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-28 1:44]

Hi Luis,
Outstanding close-up shot of this beautiful grasshopper. Such lovely colours and markings on its body and very impressive sharpness. Good use of flash lighting, neat focus and a fabulous pose captured. Excellent POV and a precise DOF. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Luis
Very good picture and presentation.
The photograph is very well composed and exposed. The colours of the grasshopper are very nice. Also nice soft background is admirable.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Luis!
Wonderful insect and here perfectly presented! I like colouration, DOF and profile POV. ALso sharpness and BG are very good and a note interesting and informative.
TFS and best greetings from Lodz,

Hi Luis
Beautiful grasshopper. Interesting POV. Your photo is very good, perfect sharpness and DOF, beautiful colors and nice OOF homogenous buckground
I like it very much
Best wishes

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-28 5:05]

Hello Luis,
What an exotic beauty you're showing us today! Fantastic colours and excellent sharp details. Nice background and a very well composed shot. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Perfect focus - great colors - wonderful capture!!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-28 7:24]

Hi Luis.
Picture of this amazing grasshopper is simply perfect in technical and esthetic respects. Insect is true Adonis. Its reproduction is excellent too. Great details and colours, excellent sharpness of the image. Inclined BG is so impressive as well as the wonderful colourful BG. Bravo and TFS.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-28 10:59]

Hi Luis. What a very good close up shot of the Grasshopper. your sharp focusing gives fine detail and rich colours. you have captured the markings so well. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFs. good notes too.

Magnifique macro aux détails et aux couleurs sublimes.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-09-29 18:54]

Hola Luis,
Superb macro work my friend, gives us a great look at this very bright grasshopper,thanks.

Bonjour Luis, très belle photo,pleine de détail,les couleurs sont superbe,bravo.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-10-03 9:47]

¡Uau!! ¡Qué saltamontes! Éste sí que es una auténtica belleza!
Excelente enfoque y profundidad. El punto de vista es ideal y me encanta la composición en diagonal.
Un saludo y muchas gracias por compartirla

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-03 12:57]

Hi Luis

This is a stunning grasshopper photo from you, my friend!
I really love the way you managed to put all its beautiful features in front view here: with extra sharp details, amazing colors and a perfect DOF.
The low-angled POV really isolated the subject from the BG and the spot-on expsure makes all those gorgeous colors shine so brightly.
All-in-all: a exceptional work!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Luis,
Wow!! What an amazing creature you've taken!!
This is one of very unique and beautiful grasshopper I think.
Outstanding colours and details with very nice composition and POV, well presented!!
Very well done and TFS,
Best wishes, Kevin

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