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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-07-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony SLT A57, Konica Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 55 mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-07-08 8:41
Viewed: 3595
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am a happy grandfather. My elder granddaughter (nine years old) is a permanent companion on my photo walks. She usually pictures the same subjects as me using own small compact camera. And I am very happy.

My youngest granddaughter is only almost one and a half year old. However, it is her service that I managed to take the whole series of this specimen of giant (at least for me) grasshopper. Just she had met this insect, asked her mother (my daughter in low) in her special baby language and only then I had been called with camera on photo session :).

When session was over, older granddaughter gave me advise what shot should be shared with TN-members and as a result this shot is on your monitors.

This specimen is large enough. Its size (size of the body) is about 7 cm. I have never met so large grasshoppers before around our countryside garden. Since I had chance to take many shots of the insect, which was sitting on a blackberry bush, at different POVs I took some of them against children inflatable pool.

Help with ID is welcomed.

Shot is resized strongly and not sharpened at all.

The insect is identified owing to Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris). Thanks a lot for help.

This is Decticus albifrons: Decticus albifrons.

maaciejka, CeltickRanger, marius-secan, Hotelcalifornia, Silvio2006, cloud, samiran88, iti, peter_stoeckl, Hormon_Manyer has marked this note useful
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To peter_stoeckl: CompositionAlex99 1 08-09 08:11
To chrimakris: Thanks a lot.Alex99 1 07-08 09:43
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Beautiful photo Alex! Good composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness. Beautiful note too. Your Cricket is a female Decticus albifrons (Fabricius, 1775).

Hi Alexei,
beautiful photo of this species. A lot of details. Perfect point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

A very nice and clear catch with great sharpness and DOF..blurring the BG.


Hello Alexei

A great macro of this insect, with fine POV,
great DOF, excellent light, great focus,
sharpness, and details, lovely contrast
between the color tones, TFS


Hello Alexei,
Once again a wonderful photo taken from a very good angle and POV. Exceptional quality....Excellent details. Outstanding colors and perfect focus.
You managed perfect this composition.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-07-08 10:30]

Hello Alaexei,
A fantastic macro in splendid clarity and colours. And the background is so beautiful! Awesome sharpness and details. Great DOF. A topper!

Hello Mr.Alexei,
Details are eye-catching.Well captured.
Thanks for your great contribution here in TN,
Kind regards,

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2013-07-08 11:11]

Hello Alexei!
Wow!!What a super sharp shot with so greta details and lightness!!!Wonderful grasshopper!!!Good job indeed!TFS
Thanks also for your kind comments in my last two uploads.It was very kind of you.I see that my good friends didn´t forget me at all.Thanks...
Best wishes to your and your beloved granddaughters ;)

Ciao Alexei. Great POV here. Details and shapr impressive agains the soft blue BG. Perfect DOF.


Ciao Alexei, two granddaughter for me too, great nacro of fantastic grassopper, I never see so big, fine details, superb sharpness, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

hallo Alex
very nice composition on the top of this plant
good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2013-07-08 13:11]

Hello Alexei,
your cricket is very good especially add charm BG with leaves and the blue sky. You wrote that are happy and understand you. You have two granddaughters. I have three granddaughters elder is 14 years old and youngest three also have grandson is 11 years old.
Best regards, Pawel

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-07-08 13:50]

Hello Alexei.
Great shot of Cricket, the cropping and composition allowing a full view that takes up the whole extent of the image. Nice contrasting leaf BG and superb sharpness.
Well done and TFS! Regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-07-08 14:47]

Hi Alex,the best scenery to take this beautiful big cricket,and the top of quality too whit the best exposure,details and colors,the contrast whit the blue sky in background is really great! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Alexei,
照的很清楚 也很美麗
有一種草原的野味 構圖美麗 背景甚是漂亮 藍天白雲很美

Stunning macro Alexei!
superb sharpness and well composed.
beautiful note.
my regards,

Hi Alex, excellent capture, good sharpness! TFS

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-07-11 11:26]

Hi Alexei,
Another nice photo. Very good details and colours
the grassopper and flover too. Fantastic contrast against the blue background.
Regards Jiri.
I greet granddaughters!

Dear Alexei,
very nice story on how that image was made. You are a lucky man with such loveble companions! That huge cricket is shown with excellent details, well served on a plate of lush leaves. Composition probably might be worth trying a version with slightly less space at the left and a little bit more space in front of the insect to add further tension - if that is intended. A very clear and colourful, perfectly well describing and sunny high quality presentation. Thank you! With best regards from Vienna, and all by best wishes to you!

Privet Alexei,
It's always so good when you can share your hobby with your children / grandchildren. I think your granddaughter's choice was great, this is a nice shot. No need to re-sharpen in my opinion. Colorwise it has a little blue overcast (just slight), but I'm satisfied with the composition, because the main elements, which grab the attention of the viewer (head and antennae) are perfectly in the right third of the image. Next time, if you want, you can share the young lady's pic as a workshop photo also, when you make photo sessions together. Just an idea.
Best regards, László

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