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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, SanDisk Ultra II 1GB, Hama sky 1A (LA+10) (IV) 58mm
Exposure: f/32, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-07-28 12:23
Viewed: 3380
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A young grasshopper sitting still on my fingers.

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.

The Caelifera 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 less. In evolutionary
terms, the split between the Caelifera and the
Ensifera is no more recent than the Permo-Triassic

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grasshopper]

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-07-28 12:44]

Hello Thorsten, bien vu ce shot et le Grasshopper fait sa toilette. Attention vous allez être dans le fichier des empuntes!! Félicitations, Didier.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-28 12:47]

Great shot, Thorsten. : )
How did you do that? Awfully sharp for taking the picture with one hand. : )
I like the pose of this grasshopper licking its hindmost leg.
Quite nimble, I must say.
Great capture of those incredibly long antennae.
TFS. : )

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-07-28 13:14]

Hi Thorsten,

Excellent shot and well done on the composition and details.


I really like this shot, the composition is excellent.
An incredibly sharp image. If this was taken with one hand you deserve all of my daily points allowance *LOL*
Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend.

Hallo Thorsten,
super "Einhand-Makro". Sehr schöner Bildaufbau, tolle Farben und sehr gute Schärfe. Danke Dir für die sehr schöne Präsentation. Ich wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende.

Wow, well done. Runnerduck thinks you did great with one hand, but I'll go further -- I'll say you're the best one-handed photographer on TN! ;-) Seriously, great details and lighting here, even on your fingerprints! My personal taste would be to crop some from the top and right, really get close to the antenna so you get an informal balance between the antenna and the rest of the hopper. Wonderfully done!

Hallo Thorsten,
sympathische und berührende Begegnung mit diesem zarten Schreck, scharf und präzise im Bild festgehalten, sogar die endlos langen Fühler sind komplett mit auf dem Bild und machen es besonders spannend komponiert. Er scheint sich mit Recht sicher zu fühlen auf Deinen Fingerspitzen und sich etwas verlegen das Bein zu putzen, anstatt flink auf und davon zu hüpfen.
Erst heute morgen habe ich eine ebenso blassgrüne, aber schon geflügelte Kollegin (mit keckem Ovipositor am Hintern) mühsam hinter den Jalousien meines Fensters zurück ins Freie komplimentiert. Wo die statt dessen überall hin gesprungen ist!
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

  • Great 
  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2006-07-28 17:37]

Great grasshoper Thorsten, the green is very beautyfull. The composition too and the sharpness. Well Done

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-07-28 17:40]

Hi Thorsten,

Beautiful shot.
Great details, colors and light.
Nice composition, POV and BG.
Very well done!

TFS :-)

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  • Glint Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 51] (315)
  • [2006-07-28 18:18]

Outstanding composition. I love it to bits! Especially the way the antennae rise diagonally. The green is bright and fesh too.
well done

Hi Thorsten,
das Thema Grashüpfer hatten wir ja schon - brrrrr - und auf mir drauf - never!!!
Aber dadurch hast Du ihn natürlich wunderschön nahe, scharf und mit gutem Kontrast.
Toll gemacht, Danke
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Thorsten,
it's a very nice picture with good details amd contrast.
the dark BG brings out the insect nicely. It's good that you didn't cut the lonf antennae. Good details and nice colours.
Well done.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-29 5:10]

Hi Thorsten,

You handled your camera well with only one hand,nice close up of this green hopper and his long antennas,well done,Best regards,



Hi Thorsten,
Sharp and detailed, great color, light, and POV..worth the smiley for the finger assist ;)
Well done and TFS!

Hi Thorsten,
Very nice close-up.
Beautiful composition, sharp and light.
Very well done!
TFS Malgosia

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-29 20:02]

Hi Thorsten
Great shot. Excellent light and colours. I think you are training him for something.
Well done my friend


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-07-30 4:20]

Hi Thorsten.
Excellent composition and faming. Great grasshopper, its feelers and your fingers :))). You managed to create very original shot with perfect lighting, sharpness, details and colours. Very well done.
My best regards.

Hi Thor,
It'a a great macro shot.
Colors and composition are excellent.
Black background is a nice (is it PS?).

Good work

Hi, Thorsten!
Very detailed and well composed image! Nice!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2006-08-02 6:31]

This is really far more amazing than the thumbnail allows. A stunningly shapr capture with all the details clearly visible. TFS


I am more of a fur and feathers sort of person but this shot is pretty impressive. Nice job, great sharpness.


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