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Alpine Peculiarities

Alpine Peculiarities
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Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-02 9:11
Viewed: 3283
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
During my last summer "Holidays on Ice" in the North Italian Alps I found a number of interesting insects - some of them resting on ice and exposed to the sun.

Here I show a grasshopper or better icehopper. The picture was taken at about 2400 m in the upper Peder Valley. Besides this kind of hoppers, I also observed butterflies with widely opened wings on larger ice-fields.

Species? I'm not sure about the exact species identity:

- brigth sunlight with strong reflections from the ice crystals
- ISO 100, 1/400sec, f11
- no wind
- cold hands and fingers :-)

* Baur B, Baur H, Roesti C, Roesti D (2006) Die Heuschrecken der Schweiz. - Haupt-Verlag, Bern.
* Bellmann H (2006) Der Kosmos Heuschreckenführer. - Franckh-Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-12-02 9:14]

Hello Peter.

I have never seen a grasshopper on ice, thought it would be to cold for them.
But you show us that they like skating however it looks a little onnatural to me.
Great capture of this grashopper and the combination of the colors of the ice and the grashopper contrasts very well to eachother.
Very nice picture and thanks for sharing it.

Gr. Hans

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-02 9:19]

Wonderful capture!
Great details and colors!
Lovely light too!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-02 9:33]

Hello Peter
An interesting capture and observation.

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-02 10:39]

Hello Peter,
i don`t know yours, but our insects can`t resist this kind of temperatures.
Great shot on this dificult white BG. Fine details and nice POV.
Congrats and TFS.

hello Peter
super picture with good details and very good sharpness
very n(ice)shot
greeting lou

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-12-02 13:42]

Lieber Peter,
es freut mich ausserordentlich, dass Du auch weniger populäre Organismen ablichtest und Dich für deren Lebensweise interessierst. Das hast Du schon immer getan, die obige "Heugümper"- Larve ist ein weiteres gutes Beispiel dafür. Hochinteressant, dass sich das Tier im Schnee sonnt. Könnte das Omocestus haemorrhoidalis sein? Die Larve hat einen rötlichen Schimmer. Das und die Prothorax- Seitenkiele haben mich dank Baur et al. auf die Idee gebracht.

Bei der Aufnahme hast Du Dich, was Kontraste und überstrahlendes Weiss angeht, hervorragend geschlagen.

Vielen Dank für den Genuss!
Beste Grüsse

Hello Peter,
The picture itself is an art. I can not imagine what you did to achieve such good detail in the grasshopper (quite dark) and at the same time, take a light and perfect texture in the ice (in tone quite clear). Of course, all a waste of adjustments and settings!
Moreover, very interesting to know the resistor level to cold they have!

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-12-09 7:25]

This is an unusual scenery for me, grasshopper on ice. Great exposure control, focus and point of view.
Greetings and TFS.

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