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*Perfect Place to Mate*

*Perfect Place to Mate*
Photo Information
Copyright: Narayanan Ganesan (gannu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-02
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-11-04 0:43
Viewed: 3179
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this grasshopper enjoying the Delhi Weather and particularly the soft flower bed.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Suborder: Caelifera

Grasshoppers are 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.

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. Males have a single unpaired plate at the end of the abdomen. Females have two pairs of valves ( triangles) at the end of the abdomen used to dig in sand when egg laying.

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 20-24 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 (Zeuner 1939).

Exposure Time: 1/500
F-Stop: f/6.3
ISO Speed Ratings: 320
Focal Length: 180/1 mm
Date Taken: 2008-11-02 10:56
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 258 kb

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hello Narayanan,
I am pleasure being first visitor for this wonderful macro with superb details and colors. Nicely composed. Thanks, well done

These grasshoppers are very curious looking creatures,very unlike any we have in NZ.
They stand out quite well in contrast to this red plant. Am I right in thinking it is a Celosia?
A well exposed shot, but a slightly odd composition.
I think I might have rotated it slightly to the right then cropped that side a bit.
I might try a workshop if the resolution allows it.

Ciao Ganesh,
spettacolare momento di cattura, eccellente composizione con la posa su questo "letto" fiorito, ottima definizione dei dettagli, magnifici i colori e BG.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-11-04 6:55]

Hi Ganesh
Nice presentation.Excellent POV and very nice composition.Also beautiful OOF BG and colors.
TFS Michel

Hi Ganesh Ji,
A nice capture of these beautiful grasshoppers mating on a beautiful flower bed. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-04 7:36]

Hi Ganesh,
Lovely imagage.I liked POV,vivid colors,BG,lighting,sharpness and composition a lot.
Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-04 9:30]

Hello Ganesh,
this is wonderful, what an amazing moment.
They are very interesting with the intensive colours and this pose is wonderful.
Best regards Siggi

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-11-04 10:07]

Hi Ganesh,
well composed with excellent details and a beautiful setting. These two look great against the red of this flower. Nice work, well done.

Hi Ganesh, great maiting couple on a wonderful flower, great macro with splendid colors, good details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-04 15:26]

Hi Nara,simply beautifull!! You was lucky to found that and a great photographer to take so perfectly this unusual situation.Colors and sharpness fantastics,my best compliments for this nice work,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Ganesh. Perfect double capture of the moments on contrasting red flower. Amazing details in good focus. Regards. Jusni

The Grasshoppers have really chosen the perfect location for mating, Ganesan. Why not value some comfort, isn't it?
A very pleasant shot, sharp and colourful, in which the green of the insects goes well with the red of the flower.
Thanks and regards.

hello ganeshji,

nice to see this beautiful capture from you, i think that you have improved so well in the macro photography and this is clearly visible when we look at your gallery,

in this capture i liked the selected point of view very much, the lens being parrelel to the subject has resulted in a good view of the flower and the mating insects,

the dof is precise as the flower and the insect are in sharp focus and the bg is oof to avoid any distractions,

the colors look well saturated and the contrast between the flowers and the insect and the the bg looks beautiful,

the foucs is spot on and the details of the insects and the flower are recorded well, sharp image,

the only area where i think this image can be improved is the composition, i feel that the flower shouldnt have been placed in the cehtr of the image and leaving more space at the right side of the image would have looked better, i also feel that the lower part of the image (the base of the flower) should have been cropped out to get a uniform bg,

this is my way of looking at this image and i hope that you will continue improving and doing better and better macros by each passing day,

keep shooting, keep sharing, keep imrpving and keep teaching too :-)( we all learn from the post of our friends here)

tfs & regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-05 13:46]

Hi Ganesh,
what a great photo.
The composition is fabulous.
Excellent sharpness.
Very nice colours.

A brilliant capture!

Well done,

Hi Ganesh,

an great macro picture from this e insects and flower.
Lots of deatails, good dof and bg.
Beautiful colours.


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