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Field Grasshopper

Field Grasshopper
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/3000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Orthoptera of Europe incl. Turkey-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-02 1:51
Viewed: 3652
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The new year starts as the old one ended: grey and sleety and opportunities for photography are limited to say the least.

My archives yielded this image of a species of grasshopper that occurs on a sandy heath, not a field as the name suggests. It belongs to the order Saltatoria, that includes Grasshoppers and Crickets.

The Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus) is widespread in Europe, including Sweden from summer until well into the autumn.

This is a male. Its song is easily recognised: it consists of a series of 'sst' sounds at a frequency of about 0.2 sec. They can hear each other by means of the light-coloured kidney-shaped tympanal opening seen here above the top of the thigh.

The red on the upper side of the tip of the abdomen is typical of the species, but like other similar species they are hard to ID as they are all very variable. This specimen was nearly 2cm long

I took this shot with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 1.8 meters. As this male was rather active in the autumn sunshine I had to use a high shutterspeed.

After size reduction the image was cropped by about 40% and selectively sharpened

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Hola Iván.
Magnífico saltamontes muy bien captado en todos sus detalles.
Buena presentación y nota.
Mis mejores deseos para este año nuevo.
Saludos, JL.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-02 2:06]

Hi Ivan,

Welcome in 2008,yeah here as well a grey day again,with some snow in the air as it looks,hoping for better to come....
this is a fine capture and I like the POV,which gives the grasshopper a perfect impact on my screen,tfs


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-02 2:29]

Hi Ivan,
Outstanding beginning to the new year. Wonderful shot. Wish you give us such beautiful images to enjoy throughout 2008, MF. I eagerly look foward to every moment here on TN with you and our entire community.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-02 2:32]

Hi Ivan,
Firstly may i wish you a very happy new year, and also the hope that your weather situation improves soon! i have just had 2 weeks off work and i think only 2 or 3 of those were good enough for some decent photography!
But, nevermind, as yuor archives clearly still have some beauty's to give! Excellent sharp detail, a great low POV and precise DOF - well done!

Hello Ivan,

Beautiful picture of this grasshoper. Great sharpness.
Very nice surrounding with the colourful sand.

Hi Ivan,
A nice shot on this Field Grasshopper. Sharp focus and well exposed image. The grasshopper stands out from the soft background. Very well done.

Hi Ivan,
A beautiful capture of this nice looking grasshopper. Excellent and sharp details with a very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-02 4:47]

Hello Ivan,
Great notes to go along with this masterfully done macro. Ivan your details are amazing and the colors are superb. From the point of view of a belly crawl, fantastic posting. Thanks Ivan.

Hello Ivan,
It was well worth digging into your archives for this one.
An excellent capture of this field grasshopper with great detail throughout.

I hope you had a pleasant Christmas and that 2008 is a good year for you.
All the best,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-01-02 8:06]

Hello Ivan!

All the best for you in 2008!

You're right - winter, weather and darkness aren't best friend of photographer :-) Fortunatelly we've got some archives to explore :-) Very good macro of this green insect. I like details and very well visible line of DOF. You pinned this hopper perfectly :-)

Very beautiful, Ivan.
Excellent isolation and sharp and detailed Grasshopper...
Good compo and presentation.
Well done

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-02 8:52]

Hi Ivan,

It's even a grey day here today with showers in the forecas for Friday thru Monday. I imagine your archives are full of great pictures to delve into. Wonderful shot of this grasshopper. Excellent natural colors and fine details.


Hello friend Ivan,
Very beautiful and excellent shot of the Grasshopper!
good close up in perfect exposure and focus indeed
very sharp with much details to enjoy and view
a very useful informative notes
wishing you well

Good angle and DOF....of this not welcome insect. They were so thick last year that they actually jump all over me...but I only took a couple photos..They are skittish things..and I have NEVER seen one in flight..or jump or whatever it is called..That make take two leaps!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-02 10:29]
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Hi Ivan. A good close up of the Grasshopper. you have fine detail and natural colours. a nice POV.DOF. I am interested to see you do not use a macro lens but you 300 f4 is this the case for most of your macro shots.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-02 10:48]

Hello Ivan,
I don't have much time today so, I just want to
congratulate you for this wonderful capture and wish
you a wonderful new year.. 2 days in!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-02 10:54]

Hello Ivan,
Fantastic sharp photo of this Grasshopper. Good blurred FG and BG. Very beautiful colours and excellent POV and composition.

Ciao Ivan,
complimenti per questa foto di Chortippus brunneus.
Colori molto delicati e naturali, perfetta messa a fuoco e composizione magnifica.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-02 13:36]

Hello Ivan,
great capture, sharp and clear, with perfect exposure and focus, beautiflly presenting this species!
best regards, Dejan

Hi Ivan, splendid grasshopper with wonderful details and great sharpness, very well done, have a great 2008, ciao Silvio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-02 16:26]

Hola Ivan,
interesante macro,
sensacional foco y color,
buen pov...
excelente trabajo,

hello Ivan

nice macrophoto composition, i love the pov of your image
and the framing that you gived, it is giving the impression
that this insecte is escalading a mountain,
excellent focus and details on the insecte, TFS


Hej Ivan
Nice details on this grasshopper :)
Har inte så mycket tid idag...
TFS / Hälsningar

bonjour ivan
le criquet est parfaitement net,c'est sur que cela n'est pas toujours evident lorsque le sujet est au sol mais la c'est bien reussi.
etes vous pleinement satisfait de votre 300mm? et est il USM?
a bientot

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-03 9:15]

HelloIvan, great macro my friend. Very sharp details and great exposure and background. Well done, thanks !


Hi Ivan,
it's excellent, this portrait of the colourful grasshopper. And you managed the light very well, there are no disturbing shadows yet the contrast is there.
My best regards to you, Ivan

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-03 14:47]

Hello Ivan,
Good details, nice colours and fine composition.
Well done

Very impressive macro of this little grasshopper still surviving in late autumn in your country, Ivan.
The details on the profile view of the insect are sharp and clear.

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