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Short Horned Grasshopper

Short Horned Grasshopper
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Copyright: Mike Hodgson (Fisher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L USM, Sigma 36mm Ext. Tube
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-14 11:01
Viewed: 7030
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Acrididae subfamily Melanoplinae.

Not much more to say about the hopper. It's common everywhere, of different sizes and names. Farmers fear the Locusts which eat their crop. Locusts are much larger then the hoppers.

Thanks for looking

Post pro, Rezise for web, slight smart sharpen, slight noise reduction, slight levels adjustment. This is my usual method, not heck of alot. Blurring of background is done from the lens, not photoshop. I use CS2 for "Developing an image." I don't use post pro to correct an image, the image is dumped.
For graphics etc. or artsy fartsy, then yes, of course CS2 is fun to play with on an image.

For Trek N. it's "Au Naturelle" ;) :)
After using none "L" lenses and "L" lenses from Canon, I find there is very little need of post pro.

A different topic if you are interested;

As for macro, the p.s. has an advantage, if one uses their imagination they can have a kick ass combination of cam and magnifier as shown in my early pics using the S5000. Having said that, the p.s. may have excellent results in macro, it's pixelation factor is horrid, the quality of the image is soso. It takes a fair bit of p.s. to bring out some quality. Your crop factor is small, I would say 25 percent, go over that your image starts to pixelate.

It takes alot of money for a DSLR to kick ass in macro. LOL
Here, we have a combination of the 20D, Kaching!!! with a 70-200F/2.8 L kaching kaching kaching, and a 36mm Sigma Extention tube, free, thanks Gert. ;)

So, really, it's not about a DSLR or a p.s it's about the individual behind the camera. O.k. a DSLR helps the factor, however, if one has no handle in photography, the DSLR obviously will not produce.

For those who are looking to purchase a DSLR, go to the shop and handle it don't buy it right away from ebay, handle it, then go to ebay and get what you want if that's the route you are after. Is it user friendly, does it feel good in your hands, if so, buy it.
It will take a bit of time to get used to it, it did for me and many others here. Give it a chance, the camera is a totally different beast and if one is so used to automatic, one better learn photography 101 when using a DSLR. In the long run, ignoring weight etc. it's the best investment I made, well, I use it full time.
I have both, and both do their jobs accordingly.


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  • Great 
  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-14 11:06]

Hi Mike ,

a superb macro with a good POV,I like the fact that it almost looks like the grasshopper is floating in the air as BG and underground have almost identical colors,well done and TFS,


Wow!! Excelent macro;-))

Hi Mike,
it's a veru good picture of the hopper.
Agree wiht Paul it seems like it is floating, very effectful.
The details and DOF are very good. A veru good note too.
Graet work, mf.

Hi Mike!

Really good macro! I like the lightning and BG too! TFS

Great shot, really detailed and colorful.
Nice light and POV.
Well done.


Hi Mike,
Excellent close up!!!
Sharpness, details just perfect!
Very good colors and DOF.
TFS Malgosia

Great profile photo of this grasshopper.
Good colors,sharpness,POV & DOF.

Hi Mike,
I agree with Paul that it looks the hopper is floating.An excellent macro with good POV and sharpness.

Hi Mike,
Great quality light here. Soft and warm. This has really created beautiful colors and tones. Very sharp detail. The 70-200 and extension tube works very well. I opted to take my extension tubes back and just get that macro lens I always wanted. I will eventually get some used extension tubes when I can find a set on ebay reasonable.
Great shot!


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-14 12:43]

I love the colors on this shot. Mike. : )
What crisp details and excellent exposure.
Fantastic POV.
TFS. : )

Great shot Sir Mike,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. POV is good.
Well composed and nicely framed.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend MF.

Simple but effective. Great light and colours.
Is is very nice how you left only the subject into DOF range.
Pose is lovely too. You found the perfect POV to get both things!

Hi Mike , It is a great macro with POV and DOF.

Beautiful macro. Well done.

Hi Mike.
Great capture and composition
Superb colors and details with great POV and BG., love the frame.
Great note.

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2006-07-14 21:27]

Hello Mike,
Really impressive shot. Details, colors, BG and compo are just PERFECT. TFS Donald

Excellent Perfect Fantastico! This is awesome Mike. After 342 mosquito bites I am back from Peru and I'm happy because I dont think I have anymore blood to spare for those little suckers. :)

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2006-07-14 22:07]

Wow! this is a really cool capture, with everything but the subject being soft so that the littel grasshopper really stands out on its own: a portrait-quality photo.
Kudos to you

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-07-15 6:24]

Mike, great shot of the Grasshopper, The colours and tones look good here. And he is so sharp and clear, just right!! TFS

Hi Mike,

Excellent close-up.
Great composition, BG and DOF.
Perfect sharp, details and colours.
I like it.
Very well done!

TFS :-)

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-07-15 10:03]

Mike bonjour, une bien belle luliére sur cette sauterelle ainsi qu'un superbe piqué. I like your POV and the BG too. Very good job and congratulations, Didier.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-15 10:14]

Wooow ! What a wonderful close-up that you have well done ! The composition is simple and smart. Colors, exposure, DOF and sharpness are excellent ! Interesting advice in note too...
Congratulations Mike and thanks for sharing.

Hi Mike,
Perfect color and light, sharp detail..
Excellent POV and framing as well.
Nice lookin' hopper :)
Very well done.

Hi Mike

I am currently away on holiday and working from my laptop, so my critiques wil be 'short and sweet' for the next few weeks.

As usuual, you share with us a high quality shot. Thank you! :-)

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-17 8:01]

HEllo Mike,
excellent shot, perfect POV to study all the details of this hopper. The sharpness and colors are wonderful. Very nice DOF and great composition.

Beautiful macro, especially the non-existent background. Great informative note, as well. I'm thinking of getting an extension ring for use with my 70-200 after seeing your photos. How close can you get with that combination? Currently I can focus down to 1.2metres (about 4 feet) and the image is generally no bigger than my 50mm prime which can focus much closer.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-07-30 6:59]

Pequeña gran imagen Mike.
Gran nitidez con vívidos colores que realzados por un perfecto DOF.
Los detalles que se aprecian en el insecto son maravillosos.
Saludos... Ricardo

Little great image Mike.
Great sharpness with vivid colors that heightened by a perfect DOF.
The details that are appraised in the insect are wonderful. Greetings... Ricardo

Composition: ****
Sharpness: *****
Color: *****
DOF: *****
POV: ****
Note: *****

Oops... :) tomorrow

Low and dirty... Nice POV. Mike it's sharp and well composed. I like it.

Every time some-one tells me "that lens surely takes nice pictures" I wish I could reply by saying "Your oven/stove should prepare wonderful food then.." ;)

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