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Give me a Kiss!

Give me a Kiss!
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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: 2009-07-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos, Orthoptera of Europe incl. Turkey-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-06 23:32
Viewed: 3597
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another scene from last summer, but it reflects the feelings soon to be celebrated on Valentine's Day in a week's time!

Upland Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus apricarius)

Swedish name: ‘Markgräshoppa’, meaning ‘ground grasshopper’.

This species is found on dry sandy or limey soils in S. Sweden and on hills or mountains of Europe S. to the Pyrenees and Alps.

Here the male has approached the larger female after she has been mesmerised by his characteristic song that sounds like an old-fashioned steam locomotive. This is produced by scraping the legs on the wings. The eardrums are placed on the first segment of the abdomen, with which she can hear him and he can hear his rivals.

Their camouflage colouring makes them difficult to spot.

This was taken with my compact hand-held on a cloudy day at a distance of about 20 cm (8 in.)
The image was only moderately cropped. After size reduction it was selectively sharpened

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Dear Ivan
Wonderful and LOVEly capture!
Is a capture for Valentine day of the locusts.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-06 23:54]

Hi Ivan,
Very nice capture and funny title.I think this post is suitable for Valantine's Day.Sharpness,POV,lighting and composition are perfect.Excellent worK!
Have a nice sunday.
Thanks for posting..

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-06 23:56]

Hello Ivan.
Super closeup of these two grasshoppers , the DOF, and lighting is perfect for this shot. Excellent composition and sharpness. Nice work.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Ivan,
good morning, my neighbour; a super macro shot of this pair of small grasshoppers, outstanding sharpness with fine detail, bright colours in a very nice composition.
Have a good Sunday
Ciao Maurizio

Ciao Ivan, great capture of splendid couple in nice action, fine details and excellent sharpness, beautiful macro, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-02-07 0:46]

Eheheh....hi Ivan! It's nice to see something of humorous ....your title is the best for this pic.A memory of the last summer very very nice,and i must to give you my greats compliments another time for the fantastic quality,focus,sharpness and colors simply at the top! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-07 1:00]

Hello Ivan
A fine macro capture with sharp details, perfect focus and natural colors

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-07 2:05]

Hello Ivan,
A very nice scene of these Grasshoppers. Fantastic POV, composition, sharpness and natural camouflaged colours.

Hi Ivan

Ha ha ha:) this one really made me laugh and have a good chuckle.
You have brightened up our Sunday with this love picture and apt title:)

Well done and TFS
Kind Regards

Sometimes compact cameras do a better job, as is well illustrated by this very fine picture of mating Grasshoppers on a wide green leaf, Ivan.
The colour of the subjects goes well with the green of the leaf and is very soothing to look at.
Thanks for showing this lovely picture from summertime.

Ciao Ivan. Pleasant dynamic diagonal "situation" by a good POV and very good light. Very well done.


hello Ivan

WOW ! superb timing from you too shoot in photo these insects in love,
very fine POV, DOF and the way they are framed, superb focus
sharpness and details, i think we have already written to each other,
sometimes (and i would say more often) compacts do better
macro photos than DSLRs, great job of your Canon PowerShot G9,



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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-02-07 6:54]

Hello Ivan!

Very sexy picture :-) It's almost unreal to see so much green colour during our winter - very good reminder of summer days. Nice macro with interesting moment and good quality.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-02-07 7:24]

Very simple with minimum colors and beautiful looking grasshoppers. tfs.

Hello Ivan,
ha... ha... ha... seems that this boy is very determined ... very good POV and a fantastically natural coloring. Good job! TFS

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-02-07 8:46]

Very nice macro, geat composition and presentation !

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-07 8:58]

Hi Ivan. Thanks for reminding me better not forget after 39 years.!! This is a very sharp well detailed picture of the pair of grasshoppers. You have used the G9 so well in the close up. Which has given natural bright colours. Well taken TFs.

Hi Ivan. Very beautiful shot of these love makers:)
Thanks for sharing.
Best Regards

hello Ivan
super sharpness and good details with great colours
very nice pose of this coppel
greeting lou

Hello Ivan,
Excellent details and sharpness. Lovely macro. The colours are great.

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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2010-02-07 11:26]

Hi Ivan,
they really are hard to see most of the time but are good subjects: if you approach from the right angle you can go pretty close with the cam - as I see you did that too. I had some images of this species too (but I think I haven't posted yet) so I can add Hungary to their location list, although I think they might be pretty wide spread across Europe.
Imaged the moment well with nice natural colors. TFS!

Best regards,

Hello Ivan, great title:) and wonderful shot of this pair with nice pose and composition.
TFS and regards,

Hello Ivan
brilliant shot of this loving couple, the grasshoppers are very well focused, the green leaf is also greatly detailed
the colors are superb, fine DOF with BG
Have a good night

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-07 15:45]

Hi Ivan,

I love this! Perfect timing to capture the male's arm around his valentine. He looks a lot more amorous than she. Marvelous pose on the lovely leaf. Of course, excellent colors, details and composition.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-02-07 16:08]

Hi Ivan
Very nice presentation.Good POV and very sharp image with good detail.You had a perfect timing for that one.
TFS Michel

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-02-07 23:20]

Hi Ivan

Great shot and timing. The detail and pose are very good - you must have endless patience to get a shot like this.


hello Ivan,
a splendid embrace, very good scene, moment and photographic macro output!
keep photographing my friend! TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-02-08 6:00]

Hi Ivan.
This summer I have pictured almost the same species (I think) on the leaf. You managed to catch lovely pair. Exactness of derails of the insects and the leaf are exceptional. Colours and lights are great too. I also like a lot wonderful diagonal composition of the shot. My compliments and best regards.

Hi Ivan!

Hmm, this is a fine and humerous preview on Valentine's day! I will try not to forget the 14th February, maybe you could post a reminder of this kind on the 13th?


Lovely picture, technically perfect and with a delicate subject. The fine details highlight the insects characteristics at best and the picture is well accompanied by interesting notes.

Kind regards


Hi dear Ivan ,
So nice work with great details.
Vivid colours and nice sharpness.

Kind regards

Hej Dostum Ivan,

Stunning macro capture of this lovely grasshopper pair in copulo on a fantastic coloured leaf:) that stand out the pair well from the BG. You captured it from excellent POV with flawless details, great DOF and delightful composition.
TFS and cheers,


Hi Ivan again,

I know we were neighbours with this image, I saw it, but had to go that time, and later I forgot it. Excuse me MF. But better later or never, so good evening, neighbour! :)

Fantastic macro shot, many details, great sharpness. Lovely pose of the g'hoppers for Valentine's Day. :) Superb photo, even if the leave (a small part, of course) became a bit oof. Tfs.

Have a nice Sunday, friendly regards, László

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