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Copyright: Albert Herbigneaux (albert) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 421 W: 12 N: 670] (2971)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200 with MB-200, Nikon 105mm F2.8 "G" ED/IF VR macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-15 0:30
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 36
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Phymateus saxosus
This multi-color grasshopper is the most dramatic of all. Yellow dots are set off by a grey-green background on the forewings, contrasted by the bright red found on the hindwings. This stunning hopper is truly a case study of colors.
It is thought that the Phymateus saxosus flashes its brightly colored underwings to scare away predators.
Also called Malagasi locust.,these insects measure more than 10cm
Phymateus saxosus belongs to the Orthoptera Family, which comprises all grasshoppers. Their biological cycle is favoured by particular environmental conditions that can increase their reproduction rate. An example of how numerous certain grasshoppers can become can be found in Africa, where in some areas they are so many that they can obscure the sun. After these enormous swarms have passed away, only the bare earth is left, since they eat everything vegetable.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-15 2:02]

Hello Albert,
Superb close-up with incredible detail and nicely blurred background. Well done.
Regards Siggi

Hallo Albert,
Latt ik nou denken dat ik de enige was die deze sprinkhaan ooit gezien had. Hij staat bij mij ook op TN als gescande dia. Nu weet ik eindelijk de naam.
Jouw foto is trouwens nog een klasse beter dan de mijne. Schitterend in alle aspecten.
Een aanwinst voor TN.
Hartelijke groeten,

Hello Albert

A really nice creature and also a really god capture.

Thank you

it's a fantastic insect, Albert,
fine colours, good point of view, nice details good dof, very good photojob here, have a nice weekend.
regard jaap

great portait, TFS Ori

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-15 9:06]

Bonjour Albert! Incroyables détails sur cette macro! La lumière frappe l'insecte juste au bon endroit. Du beau travail Albert. Bravo!


My goodness... the details here are fascinating. It is a really nice, sharp image.

Evelynn : )

Hi Albert

Good shot of this bizarre looking grasshopper.
Great sharpness and composition.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-11-15 12:40]

Hola Albert,
excelente macro,
colores y bello pov,
buen realismo y atractivo disparo,

bonjour Albert

excellente image de cette insecte, avec un excellent POV
et cadrage vertical approprié, belle luminosité,
excellente netteté et détails, surtout de l'insecte, TFS


Hello Albert.
Great capture of this exuberant grasshopper!
The lighting, sharpness and colours are excellent.
This perspective is perfect for unveil the details of this insect!
Congratulations and TFS!
José Roberto

Stunningly sharp and crisp image of this colourful Grasshopper, Albert.
Though we do not see many macros from you, it goes without saying that this one is perfect in every respect.
Thanks for sharing this lovely picture and warm regards.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-15 22:26]

Hi Albert.
It truly is amazing and nicely coloured grasshopper. I am impressed with superb sharpness of details and great colour reproduction. Pictured scene is very cute at whole. Twigs create a nice composition. Well done and TFS.
P.S. After you question about shooting distance to crow I have found that EXIF-file of D700 contains focusing distance and DOF. It was 8.41 m. Now I see these data of the shots and study optimum combination of distance, aperture value and DOF on actual scenes.

Hello Albert,
Mooi licht, goede belichting, mooie 'multicolor' springer, etc.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-11-18 9:39]

Salut Albert
Excellente macro bon PDV et image bien en focus.Le detail est excellent ainsi que la lumiere et les couleurs.
Merci Michel

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-23 5:55]

Hello Albert,
Excellent capture of this splendid Grasshopper in stunning colours. Great focus on the red eye too and interesting details. It must be beautiful in flight too!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-25 7:24]

Hello Albert,
As this colourful grasshopper is so large I can hardly call it a macro but it is a good shot taken from a great POV to shaw us thye features of this wonderful animal with great sharpness and lighting. The composition on the vertical stem is pleasing and natural.
TFS this beauty,
Best regards,

Hi MF Albert, a perfect macro capture of this colourful grashoper which i have not seen beforw with excellent clarity and nice composition.
TFS and cheers,

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