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living calcite grain

living calcite grain
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-07-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000, 28-105 mm, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/7.6, 1/950 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Grasshopper & Crickets, Mimicry, Grasshopper, Camouflage, Orthoptera of Europe incl. Turkey-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-23 19:44
Viewed: 5204
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another camouflage shot :-) This time again an orthopteran and again I don't know the species... but books are on the way :-) soon I'll be able to tell (I hope...).

Anyway, I captured this beautiful insect in Melnik, on the outskirts of the Pirin Mts. You may find a picture of the Melnik area in my portfolio. It is a very interesting place of extremely xerothermic character. The ground is composed of loose sandstone, clay and calcite gravel.

This insect mimics a piece of calcite with great details. Look at the colours and patterns! You may see not only the typical calcite colour but also a net of lines/fissures of various colours and thickness - just like in the real gravel grain. So once more - hats off to the great work of Nature!!!

Early morning I go again for a two-day long fieldwork. Wish me a good luck as the weather crashed today - working on the river with rain falling on your head is not the nicestthing to do. See you soon :-)

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Amazing, very good shot.

Thanks For Sharing.


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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2005-10-23 21:25]

Nice close-up!
Exposure and focuse are good, DOF is adequate even if the BG is a little busy. Some PS work could help to minimize its importance (the BG) but I understand it's not an easy job. TFS

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-24 3:12]

Hello Michal!
Very nice close up.Sharpness,details,POV,lighting and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-24 3:28]

What a beautiful and interesting cricket that you have well captured ! Composition, colors and sharpness are great ! It remembers mine on TN... Congratulations Michal and thanks for sharing.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-24 4:12]

Hi Michal!

You really like these orthopteran things ;-) This one is also great example of camouflage. Perfect patterns on its body. Great picture.

By the way - weather in my part of Lodz is great today ;-)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-24 6:58]

Great shot Michal. Nice DOF, excellent POV and sharp details. The busy background distracts me a little, but other than that; very good. Well done & TFS!


Excellent shot of this grasshopper, everything is perfect about this picture Michal! Paul :)

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