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Grasshopper FR II

Grasshopper FR II
Photo Information
Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-20
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF100mmF2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/120 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-23 4:05
Viewed: 4739
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One year ago I was in Nord France there I found these Grasshopper to the edge of the way, it's was difficult take this picture through the high sun, I hope that you can appreciate this picture.

I'm no specialist in macro shots, I want very gladly learn these technique.

Comment are very welcome.

The 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.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To marhowie: Many thanksjhm 1 07-15 10:24
To Argus: Tettigonia viridissimajhm 1 05-04 03:18
To pablominto: Favoritejhm 1 04-14 02:38
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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-23 4:34]

Hi John.
Very interesting POV of your nice close-up picture. Funny eye-contact, great sharpness and details of this insect. (I think this is cricket: see my photos of the same insect. Only I am not sure.) I also like rich and at the same time natural colours and lighting. Well done and TFS. My best wishes.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-03-23 6:37]

Salut John,
toujours aussi perfectionnisme, bravo. Très bonne qualité, avec des détails fins, une couleur extra.
La mise au point est à travailler :) à cette distance cela ne pardonne pas.


Hello John,
Excellent macro!
I like so much the frontal POV to face this insect.
You got such a vivid colors on the grasshopper, the same for the clear and sharp details.
I like the exposure and DOF used.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi John,
Nice macro.


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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-03-24 17:31]

Hi John. Good POV it seems he is definitely smiling at you! Excellent sharpness and colour. Good macro. TFS. Murray.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-03-25 19:29]

Hi John.- Very nice and clear Macro of this Grasshoper. The colors are beatiful. I like it.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-26 9:58]

That's very impressive, John. The greens are saturated and provide good contrast. I'm amazed by the eyes, and the blur of the antennas gives a sense of motion. Well done.

Hi John,

A very well done photo with a perfect POV, very nice colors and details!



Hello John,
This face looks almost human!
Good point of view and an attractive composition, the fresh green colours really is the spice on the dish...
Macro work skilfully done!
Pablo -

This is a healthy looking GRASSHOPPER. We have a lot of these all across Canada.
You claim you dont know macro; but, you did very well indeed.
Excellent clarity and pov.
Greetings from Canada from Mario.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-03-31 13:54]

Hi John,
Wow, you've made a Grasshopper look really quite menacing! He really does look as if he is challenging you :-) Good image with good detail and good strong colours. The shallow DOF works well, however I think the focus should really be on the eyes, but here it seems to be on the Grasshoppers back.

For somebody who claims to be no macro specialist I think you've produced a good shot. The exposure and light is managed well.
Best regards,

Very fine sharp. Excellent details and lovely colours.
Best wishes

Bonjour John
Félicitation pour cette très jolie prise de vue en macro. C'est vraiment un bel insecte cette sauterelle avec ses couleurs de camofflages,les couleurs sont justes.
Félicitations pour la netteté et les détails.

Merci pour l'envoie et Bravo....JP

THIS is a funny face, John! That alone is worth a big smiley!
I think the composition is excellent using the symmetry of the animal. The depth of field is also helping. Tfs, Jay

Hi John,
That is a unique head on POV. The rich color saturation looks great. Nice detail in this hopper!

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-04-17 2:19]

Hi John!
A very interesting frontal capture of this grassjopper. Godd colours.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-04-18 0:54]

Hi John!
Excellent capture! Colours and sharpness are great, but the POV is something amazing! Well done!

Hi John:very nice a grasshopper,good a macro,good sharp and yellow colours...

Hello John,
I appreciate your kind comment on my recent picture.
It is very modest of you to say that taking macro pictures is not your speciality.
This macro of a Grasshopper is a superb shot in every respect. The details on the insect's face have been brilliantly captured here.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-02 15:43]
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Hello John,
Interesting POV you chose to capture this species of Cricket, not grasshopper. Crickets have long antennae and this one is the Great Green Bush Cricket (Tettigonia viridissima). The POV demands a good DOF, which you managed quite well.
Regards, Ivan

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-08 23:11]

Hello John

Excellent POV .The colour saturation is very good.Great eye contact.Nicely composed and well illuminated.TFS


this one is so funny,
i like the head, you had a very good POV and oppurtunity to make that shot,
good colours & light, well done

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-05-23 15:16]

zo AANVALLEN , wat een leuke compositie hij is very cute , mooie pov kleuren en die pootjes prachtig ,en zijn oogjes goed gedaan nou nog een libelle , groetjes teunie .

Hi John,
Time of day and the direction of the light is always one of the first things you should consider in your macro. A different time of day would be better here of course. Your point of focus should've been the head/eyes here, it looks a bit soft..
Hey soft in the head, that sounds like me ;}
Well done.

Hi John,

A nice close-up photo of the grasshopper which is difficult to take. The photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hello John,
eye catching, very powerful portrait of that bright green bush cricket, Tettigonia viridissima. Excellent point of view - thank you!
With best regards,

Hallo John
I am forever searching for the identity of my grasshopper I posted a while ago and while browsing through the gallery looking for grasshoppers I picked up this shiny and big eyed one of yours. It looks as if the hopper has been buffed for the occasion. The detail and tiny black spots on the hopper are well displayed. This frontal view is not often seen. Not the same as mine, and not what I am looking for, but very interesting looking hopper. Thanking you kindly for sharing.
Kind regards

Hello John. You have captured this grasshopper well against the tarmac. I have tried a few under natural habitant and did not stand out against the green background. You have done well here keeping good sharpness in the head and mouth. The light and shadow is well managed too. Good composition and thanks for sharing this image. Well done and best regards. Jusni

Hi John,
Although You said You aren't a macro specialist, this is an awesome shot. Eye to eye with the insect - excellent composition. Colors are very nice, too.
I'm not sure if You find my advice useful, but if You use gaussian blur on the non-focused parts (not too strong - 1,2-1,4 pixels) You can avoid grain on the background.
Tfs and congrats, regards from Hungary, László

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2008-08-28 22:18]

Hi John.

Very nice macro with satured green color,excellent composition and point of view,good note.


hello John

excellent macro photo of this insect with the fine frontal POV and the
same time superb eye-contact, fine focuse sharpness and details, TFS


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-08 2:33]

Hi John,
the shallow dof really gives this shot an outstanding effect. I like the low anglw shot which allows the frontal sharpness and clarity.
The blurry is smooth and steady. Nice one.


Hi John,

Excellent macro with the focus and the dof. You caught it from great POV and all looks well composed too. Well seen.
TFS and have a nice night and WE!


Hello John,
a very beautiful macro shot of this grasshopper taken from a very good frontal POV with superb sharpness and vivid colours, well composed.
Best regards

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