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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8 ED
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-23 18:11
Viewed: 3862
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The grasshopper is an insect of the suborder Caelifera in the order Orthoptera. To distinguish it from bush crickets or katydids, it is sometimes referred to as short-horned grasshoppers. Species that change colour and behaviour at high population densities are called locusts.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. Males have a single unpaired plate at the end of the abdomen. Females have two pairs of valves ( triangles) at the end of the abdomen used to dig in sand when egg laying.

They are easily confused with the other sub-order of Orthoptera, Ensifera, but are different in many aspects, such as the number of segments in their antennae and structure of the ovipositor, as well as the location of the tympana and modes of sound production. Ensiferans have antennae with at least 20-24 segments, and caeliferans have fewer. In evolutionary terms, the split between the Caelifera and the Ensifera is no more recent than the Permo-Triassic boundary


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hello Luis

WOW ! what a superb macro photo shot with your
full frame Nikon D700 and the f2.8 lens,
fine POV at the level of the Grasshopper,
superb focus great sharpness and details,
beautifully blurred background, TFS


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-09-23 21:35]

Hello Luis
Excellent work, a top quality image, vivid colors and very sharp details

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2009-09-23 21:52]

Hola Tocayo, una toma maravillosa como siempre, saludos.Luis.

hello Luis
exceptional output! and photo

Really wonderful shot!!
Perfect details and beautiful bokeh. Plus also the position of the animal is very nice!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-09-23 23:51]

Hello Luis,
very nice and so close up capture of this grasshoper.Very good sharpness and nice eye contact with superb composition, excellent POV and BG with nice colours TFS
Best regards Siggi

great capture of this hopper with perfect sharpness, contrast and colors.

An amazing shot, Luis!
Very sharp and natural, too!

hello LUIS
WAUWH!!!! this is SUPPER
i like this picture very much
super macro with great sharpness and beautiful colours
super shot
greeting lou

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-24 10:22]

Hola Luis,

Una captura interesante! Una macro espléndida. Lo que queda de dicho o escrito? Nada es fácil ... perfecto.
Una noche hermosa,

ola Luis!
excellent pose and impressive definition
perfect management and work

ciao sERGIO

Hola Luis,
siempre es agradable recibir tus comentarios Luis, algo pasados de rosca respecto a mi trabajo pero se agradecen igualmente; la cuestión es que disfruto andando, observando y fotografiando. Soy un tipo que no se adapta al medio y mi válvula de escape es esta, con trabajos mejores o peores pero siempre un reflejo real de mi zona y sus pequeños habitantes :-)
Hay tomas que parece que superen la realidad, y esta es una de ellas. Si unimos sensibilidad del autor, observación y técnica depurada, da como resultado una foto del Señor Luis.
Gran nitidez por el preciso enfoque y la justa luz con colores reales. Todo un espectáculo el que nos brindas.
Un abrazo: José Ignacio

Hello Luis
Here I can definitely say: This is a sheer delight. The fine details captured of this hopper is really stunning and the close-up splendid. I always like an image where the subject is so close to the screen like this one. Maybe it is the fact that my eye-sight is not 100%, but the display so close has some kind of specialty for me. The details of this great "big eyed hopper" is photographed with such preciseness. I really want to congratulate you on this posting. It is real classy. Focus, sharpness and framing is great and presented in a most delightful manner. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-09-24 16:22]

Hola Primo,

This grasshopper is a gem. He fits so perfectly on the reed and is posing nicely. Colors and details are superb. I love seeing how he grabs on to his resting place. Background and composition are magnificent. Yes, the Black-throated is my favorite sparrow - you have a great memory.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-09-24 22:30]

Hola Sr. Luis,
Esta macro de una hembra saltamontes es perfecta en todos aspectos!
Me gustan especialemente la composición, nitidez y fondo.
Buen trabajo amigo!
Un abrazo,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-25 1:21]

Hello Luis,
What a perfection! Everything in this photo is superb. Sharpness, details, colours, composition, BG, POV and DOF, it's all high quality!

Hello Luis.

Great composition, beautiful colors and extremely sharp.


Hello Luis
amazing shot of this grasshopper taken from a very good POV from his profil showing each fine detail on his body, the superb green BG highlight the subject very well
fantastic colors and lighting
Have a good night

Hola Luis,
Crei que se me saltaba encima del escritorio, fantastica
macro toma, lo lograste perfecto, los colores y nitides
son 10 puntos, PERFECT.

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-10-26 17:59]

Hello Luis,
Amazing BG, sharpness and composition as well.
Simply perfect! Very well done! Congrats and TFS.

Excellent macro Luis, technically excellent..
Love the POV and the way this colorful hopper is huggin' its perch.
Very well done & have a great Sunday!

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