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The Grass Hopper

The Grass Hopper
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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma Apo 150mm f/2.8 EX macro DG, 72mm UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-12 20:42
Viewed: 4754
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.

In many places around the world, grasshoppers are eaten as a good source of protein. ( Source : wikipedia)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-12 23:31]

Hello Pankaj,
Very good close-up. Fine details, lively, saturated colours and very good composition. Good DoF and lighting too.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Pankaj Da,
A nice capture of this beautiful grasshopper. Very good details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Pankaj, fantastic grasshopper with wonderful details and splendid sharpness, beautiful bright colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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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 9:06]

A great macro shot of this grasshopper, Pankaj.
Very nice detail and clarity.
I like the different shades of green.
Really well composed.
Excellent DOF.

Well done,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-02-13 14:16]

Hi Pankaj,what a wonderful details,the eyes are incredibles,and what a great colors! A very professional macro,excellent point of view,my best compliments,Luciano

Hi Pankaj
Beautiful green colors. Great shot. Perfect diagonal composition nice blured background Very good macro

Hi Pankaj,
a very beautiful macro shot of this Grasshopper taken with very good sharpness and details, i like the bright colours in a nice composition.
TFS. Best regards.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-14 8:25]

Pankajda, The dark color here presented very well. Difficult one with the kind of colors. But I would preferred the other PoV. Good work. ganesh

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-02-16 10:26]

Hi Pankaj,
very good macro of this Grasshopper. I like the shallow DOF on the head area and of course details and POV are excellent - well done!

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-02-18 21:45]

Hi Pankaj!

Unfortunately, I have been absent from your gallery for a while. Now, I'm glad to discover so many beautiful pictures like this one. In this picture I like the unity of the colour tones very much. All these variations of green tones are superb! Moreover, I like the perspective created by the subtle composition and point of view very much.

Kind regards


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-07 12:18]
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Hi Pankaj.
Very impressive close-up of the fine insect. The picture is looked as excellent portrait of the guy. Sharpness and details of the main part of the body and beautiful leaf are extreme. Flash work is brilliant as well as the coloration of the image. In such case I probably would used ISO 400 and smaller aperture value with so long macro lens as yours. However, it is matter of taste. My warm greetings and compliments. Superb macro work.

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