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"Horse" Grasshopper

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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-11 4:22
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot is also taken at Sungai Sedim Recreational Forest. When i first saw, it never click into my mind that it is a lving thing. I thought it was a piece of broken dried leaf on a big palm leaf. Upon second look I realised that it was moving a bit.
Then I realised it has features of a grasshopper but it looks like a horse. Something very different to me, and such a diversified creation.

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Hello FooZi,
this is a SUPERB macro capture, with good sharpness.
Nice lighting, excellent composition.
I like the beautiful green atmosphere in your photo.
The grasshopper is well camoufled.
Well done

Hi My dear friend Foozi,
Another great and impressive observation from you. Realy amazingly detailed macro capture of this horse and dried-leaf like grasshoper with great clarity, nice pov, dof and composition.
TFS and cheers MF!

Hi Foozi,
very beautiful shot with great diagonal composition.
Compo with the two shades of green with the brown grasshoper in the middle looks great.
Scharpness is very good, two.
TFS Tatjana

Hi Foozi,

Well seen picture and also well executed. Good DOF and composition. Nature is marvelous in what it can do and brings a surprise each time we have the honour of observation.


Hello Foozi,
excellent macro shot of very interesting insect, wich I never seen before! I like composition, sharpness and vivid colours.

Best regards, Leonid

Wooow! What kind of weird insect is that, It took me 10s to realize this was not a leaf and 10 more to figure out where was the head, thanks to to the antenna and the legs! A walking leaf! Great !
Bravo Foozi

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-02-11 5:18]

Hello Foozi,
I just can say: excellent. Again a perfect composition, simple and very effective. The colours are great and the brown of the Hopper and its shape fit just perfectely in the middle of all these greens. A great Foozi-shot :-)
Thanks so much

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-02-11 5:19]

Hi Foozi
What a nice capture of a specie I had never seen before.Good POV and sharp image.I like your subject pose in a natural surrounding.Nice OOF BG to
TFS Michel

Hello Foozi !
Wow, such a strange insect ! It really looks like a leaf, excellent camouflage, must have been hard to see him. You managed to capture excellent details and textures on the grasshopper, and I also like the composition, the vivid colors, the POV. It's very pleasant to look at. Very well done !

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-11 5:50]

Hello Foozi,
Brilliant capture of this interesting little hopper that looks just like a withered leaf. Excellent details and colours and very well composed.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Assalamualaikum Foozi,

Masa aku kecil aku selalu tengok serangga ni, baru aku tau nama dia "Horse"grasshoper.Great compo. and nice colour.I like soft green/yelow line BG.TFS.


Hi Foozi,
very beautiful shot with great diagonal composition.
I like the beautiful green atmosphere in your photo.
The grasshopper is well camoufled.

Quite an interesting capture Foozi, that of a camouflage expert, no doubt. Would like to see some other aspects of the same, so it would be possible to gain the correct geometry...

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-11 9:56]

Hello Foozi
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed and nicely framed.Best regards Siggi

ciao Foozi!
in the last post you're presenting strange insects that manage to create nature, like the grasshopper with this unusual forms captured with excellent definition..

cheers sERGIO

hello Foozi
so cool !!
i like this picture very much
great details and nice colours
great shot
greeting lou

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-11 11:46]

Hi Foozi,
Very nice macro shot.This grasshopper is new to me.Colors,POV and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

Hello foozi
What a great photo of this very special grasshopper
this two shades of green in a diagol composition is superb
the brown hopper stand out very nicely against the BG
very well done

Hi Foozi,

good close up shot from this insect.

Great pov and dof, beautiful colours.


Hi Foozi
Very nice POV and set of colors with dark green and green-yello and funny loking brown grashopper Good diagonal compo

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-02-11 13:10]

Hi Foozi,this is another incredible specie unknown from me! What a fantastic details,the colors too are greats! Thanks to show me this new entry!Have a nice day,Luciano

Olá Foozi

Fantástica esta foto...incrível como o inseto imita uma folha seca. Gostei muito da composição na diagonal e dos dois tons de verde do fundo.
Parabéns pelo trabalho.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-02-11 21:33]

Hi Foozi!

You present us an amazing insect, I didn't know that species. You have put it so well on stage in a delightful composition, and the the two layers of green add to the value of the picture.

Kind regards


Hi Foozi,
This species is just as strange as the other locust-like thing you found recently.
A very good photo of it too.
Good colours and sharpness.
I'll be interested to know what it is when you find out.

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2009-02-11 23:44]

wonderful capture, how you find this little guy. he try so hard to pretend to be a deadleaf. Excellent macro shot. I think this is your specialty.

hello foozi,
nice capture, the colours and the contrast looks so beautiful, excellent pov and pleasing composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-12 7:35]

Hello Foozi,
A superb macro of a dead-leaf like grasshopper that also resembles a miniature horse. Taken with excellent sharpness from a great POV and well composed on the edge of a leaf against a fine OOF natural BG.
Well done and thanks for sharing this fine and unusual image,
Best wishes,

Hi Foozi,
what a wonderful capture of this strange and mimetic Grasshopper taken from an excellent POV with good sharpness, i like the diagonal composition with a splendid OOF natural BG.
TFS. Best regards.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-02-13 9:00]

Awww what a cute little cricket :-)
It stands out really well against the green surroundings.
Very sharp and clear.
Well composed.

Superb work, Foozi!


Salam Foozi,

TFS this one that I have never seen before. Well spotted of this easily camouflaged hopper perched well on those pikes leave. Well framed and excellent focus of this unique finding.

TFS and have a wonderful day.


salam aleykum akhi Foozi
wonderful capture for mimicric grasshopper species. It looks a old leaves, super mimicri sample. your shot also great with sharp details, POV/OOF and composition. coloration and contrasting also great. Thanks for sharing, best wishes my friend

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-03-05 20:18]

Ofcourse, this could not have been a living thing or is it not?!!!It is amazing how nature makes them this special..and you have made a nice capture of it.I can imagine the excitement you must have felt on realising "now this is something different".It even has a veins and designs so like a leaf.

Very fine composition Foozi.I like the dominance of the two shades of green in th BG and FG that wonderfully contrasts the very colour of your even more interesting subject.The subject is in good focus, clarity and sharpness.I feel if i reached out and touched tried to pick it up it could break like a dried leaf.

Pleasure Viewing This:)
Thanks much for finding and sharing this.

Witaj Foozi
Amazing creation. In fact, dry leaf reminds. I be delight very that you noticed this and shew us. Very good executed picture. Sharp insect, and blurred the rest. Beautiful colours.
Gratulacje i pozdrowienia - Roma

hi Foozi,
This picture really stole my heart, a unique grasshoper (never seen like this before) perched on the leaf, the sharp diagonal contrast between dark green on the foreground and light yellowish green on the back create an artistic effect to the picture, well done

Hi foozi
very beautiful shot with great diagonal composition.
colors & animals figure is very good.
well done

great image and subject..
Regards..Dai Rose.

Hi Foozi
What an amazing and unique little grasshopper you captured. He looks like he is wearing armor. Excellent POV and DOF, this one is truly special.
TFS Janice

I like very much this capture, looks like a painting of a cubist author :)
Very interesting and photogenic specie, lovely atmosphere, a nice capture.
Regards, Felipe.

Hi Foozi again,
I don't know why I missed this photo 'til now although it features in your intro. Beautiful macro shot of the "horse grasshopper", excellent camouflage, awesome color contrast. Perfect exposure and colors also, not to mention the soft background blur. A masterpiece without doubt. Bravo.
Friendly regards, László

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