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Tiny Grasshopper on Hottentot Fig

Tiny Grasshopper on Hottentot Fig
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Copyright: Ricardo A Palonsky (RAP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11
Categories: Insects, Flowers
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1, without additional lens
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Wild Flowers, Flowers, plants and fungi of Southern Africa, Grasshopper & Crickets, 100 points or more (Chapter 2), Herbs used in medicine [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-21 9:31
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 128
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Tiny Grasshopper on Hottentot Fig (Carpobrotus edulis)

I have been absent some days enjoying the kindnesses of a tourist city of Uruguay, called Punta del Este, considered one of the most beautiful beach in South America.

There I had opportunity to capture some images that I will go sharing with all my friends and in this occasion, I present a tiny grasshopper (in opposition of my previous post of the giant grasshopper), inside a flower of Hottentot Fig (Carpobrotus edulis), where you can view the pollen of the flower and above the insect, grains of sand stuck to the same one that you give an idea of the size of the insect (aprox. 12mm.) and whose antennas exceed several times the longitude of the body.

I also publish as Workshop another image with the entirety of the flower and the Tettigoniidae specimen.

Description: A robust, flat-growing, trailing perennial, rooting at nodes and forming dense mats. The succulent horizontal stems curve upwards at the growing point. The leaves are succulent, crowded along the stem, 60–130 x 10–12 mm, sharply 3-angled and triangular in cross-section, yellowish to grass-green, and reddish when older.

Flowers are solitary, 100–150 mm in diameter, yellow, fading to pale pink, produced mainly during late winter–spring. They open in the morning in bright sunlight, and close at night. Look into the centre of the flower and you'll see many stamens surrounding a beautiful starfish-like stigma. This species is easily distinguished from the others as it is the only one with yellow flowers.

Fruit is fleshy, indehiscent and edible, 35 mm in diameter, shaped like a spinning top, on a winged stalk, becoming yellow and fragrant when ripe. The outer wall of the fruit becomes yellowish, wrinkled and leathery with age. The seeds are embedded in the sticky, sweet, jelly-like mucilage. The fruits can be eaten fresh and they have a strong, astringent, salty, sour taste.

Uses & cultural aspects: The leaf juice is astringent and mildly antiseptic. It is mixed with water and swallowed to treat diarrhoea, dysentery and stomach cramps, and is used as a gargle to relieve laryngitis, sore throat and mouth infections. Chewing a leaf tip and swallowing the juice is enough to ease a sore throat. Leaf juice or a crushed leaf is a famous soothing cure for blue-bottle stings—being a coastal plant it is luckily often on hand in times of such emergencies.

I hope you like it J

Source and more information Here

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Hello Richardo,
excellent colors, bg, POV DOF perfect details, very crisp, Nicly composed and caoture photom,

TFS Kyle

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-11-21 9:47]

Hi Ricardo,

A colorfull composition,thegrasshopper stands well in the middle and I like the dewdrops on the back,although I like the shot and its colors I would like to know what the result would have been if you closed down your aperture a bit more to get a better dof,well done and TFS


Yet another good catch for your grasshopper theme, Ricardo.
Nice saturated colours that highlight the fine textures on the insect's body.
TFS and bye.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-11-21 10:07]
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Hola Ricardo,
Colors are beautiful. Good focus on the grass hopper, especially I liked the sand grains on it, that looks like water drops. TFS

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2006-11-21 10:12]

Hola Ricardo, vaya miniatura, colorido y los detalles son muy buenos. la luz es agradable, buen trabajo. saludos Sira

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-21 10:53]

Bravo, Ricardo.
Unusual in its beauty shot. I am amazed how you have cropped and composed your picture. The leafs at foreground are very expressive and make the whole image integral. The colour palette and details are amazing as well as the bright lighting and precisely defined DOF. Blurred FG and BG are wonderful. BRAVO and once more BRAVO. Great job and TFS.

hi rap
encore une bonne photo,les couleurs sont somptueuses,les details bien presents notament sur les etamines de la fleur,j'aime beaucoup le criquet aussi pour ses interminables antennes.
bien realisée.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-11-21 11:11]

Hi Ricardo,
Whow, the drops on the grashopper in fact the total is a very nice composure,

What an amazing photo - the colours - the clarity! Very striking.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2006-11-21 13:09]

Joli mélange de différentes teintes.
Bonne soirée.

Très bonne composition, couleurs et détails parfaits et nets , du bon travail
félicitations, amitiès ET MERCI

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-21 13:39]

Hello my friend

Indeed a very baeutiful little hopper you have here!
I relly like the POV and composition here - with his imense antenas reaching towards the camera and meanwhile exiting the frame. Very well done!
Also the colors are very beautiful and well saturated, the details are nice and sharp and the exposure nicely managed.

Bravo and TFS

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-11-21 13:40]

a very pleasure to look at Ricardo
fantastic colours, good pov and a very nice composinion, realy quality job,
gr. jaap

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-11-21 13:58]

Hi Ricardo.

The colours here are just magnificent, so vibrant. Lovely POV, sharp details and good DOF. Very pretty photo

Cheers :)


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-21 15:53]

Hello Ricardo,
What a beauty.POV,vivid colors,details,sharpness,framing and composition are excellent.

Hola Ricardo. Casi el título es más grande que la langosta. Preciosos detalles en este mar de color. Muchos saludos, JL.

Hola Ricardo,
Excelente toma de esta langosta minúscula, llena de color, gran nitidez y agradable luz. La nota muy interesante

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-21 22:19]

Hello ricardo

I like the composition and excellent POV.The DOF is well handled and the grasshopper details are very clear and sharp.Excellent focus.Lovely well saturated colours too.TFS


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-21 22:21]

Hello Ricardo,
what a wonderful composition, this flower fill the whole frame. Great POV and the colors are lovely.
Great shot.

Hello Ricardo,
Beautiful picture. Composition, sharpness, exposure are great. Details and clarity are stunning. Very well done and TFS.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-11-22 3:44]

Hola Ricardo, me alegro lo hayas pasado bien en estos días de vacaciones.
Simpática langosta,en un marco inigualable de color, y magníficos detalles.

Hello Ricardo,
What a colorful picture, wow! I will say like you, it seems that this mini grasshopper has the longest antenna that I ever seen so far ;) This is a very good POV with excellent details and composition. We almost feel intimate with the insect as we are part of its little universe :) This is very well done with excellent and educative notes. TFS,

Hi Ricaardo,
A beautiful macro shot here. The rich colors are just amazing. Nice sharp detail with perfect DOF for this composition. The tiny grains of sand so up so well. Awesome camera work my friend. Stunning.

Hi Ricardo,
Excellent Macro of this beautiful species.
I liked the colors and the composition.
The details on the grasshopper is crisp and clear
Goutham R

Hello Ricardo, your point of focus is well chosen. The surrounding petals give an almost 3D feel to this image which I really like. The boast in colour saturation here works well. Very well done.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-11-22 11:33]

Hi Ricardo,
Nice grasshopper close-up.
I like your colors,frame,pov,dof,focus,sharpness and note.TFS

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-11-22 12:04]

Hi Ricardo.
This is gorgeous composition solid colour.I like very used POV,OOF petal to the fore functions very plastic and arrange depth whole scene.Gorgeous sharp details on grasshopper -you drop of water are astonishing-,but also on inside parts flower denote high accurate sharpening and excellent DOF.
Congratulate and thank you for sharing hereof astonishing picture.
Greetings Milos

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-22 14:06]

Hola Ricardo,
Colorida y alegre macro con excelentes detalles para tan diminuta criatura. Los "cuchillitos" como llamamos aquí a estas plantas, dan unas flores preciosas que cubren el suelo con su expléndido color. Una imagen entrañable para mí.
Un saludo,
José M.

Claro que es del agrado Ricardo, si uno disfruta doblemente, primero por la foto buena y con nitidez apabullante y segundo con la lectura.... igual de buena (pelota que es uno :o) )
Y si encima de realizar estas fotos disfrutaste un montón en esos días de vacaciones, pues mejor que mejor.
Un abrazote.

amazing colours, contrast and sobject.

hi mario

Hola Ricardo,
Una foto sin dudas maravillosa, por los exquisitos detalles de la anatomía del insecto y los colores que son bien diversos. Me gusta la composición, el recuadro transparente algo novedoso para mi.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-11-22 19:13]

Hello Ricardo, the colours here are excellent - it looks more like a grasshopper in the furnace! Very warm. Good composition and very nice details, well done!

Hi Ricardo,
Avasome macro.Sharp, colours, details and POV are excellent.Very well composed.greetings.


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  • ma1951 (34)
  • [2006-11-23 13:35]
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vry nice shot..good sharpness.great light..congrats.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-11-23 15:09]
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Hi Ricardo

This incredible little grasshopper has one great big headache of a question: "Which pollen boosted lolly-pop does it tackle first?"

It is just unbelievable what you manage to accomplish with your Canon Powershot Pro1 "without additional lens". Some folks with much more expensive, highly sophisticated, and technologically advanced macro equipment will just eat their hearts out to be able to get even half way to the results you manage to obtain. To think that this little specimen only measures ±12mm and then to see the detail in the grains of sand makes one all the more realise that this is something special.

A superb composition with the petals of the flowers encircling the little insect. The colours are well saturated and absolutely stunning, the details are razor sharp and breathtakingly explicit, the DOF is nothing short of spectacular, and the exposure was extremely well managed.

Sizzling work my friend and TFS.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-11-23 15:54]

Great details and sharp focus. Well saturated colors. The almost translucent green is very nice.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-11-23 16:39]

Hi Ricardo
Beautiful and colourfull shot. Good sharpnes, light, details, DOF, colours and POV.
Well done my friend


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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-11-23 20:38]

Hi Ricardo,
Beautiful capture!
Very nice colours, excellent details and great composition.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Ricardo,
splendid colours all over, fine details on the grasshopper in the center with dust of pollen and brilliant droplets of dew on its body make it a great pleasure to study this vital and inviting image of spring. Thank you!
Best regards,

Hola Ricardo,
Great close up shot. Great sharpness. Nice details. Nice natural colors.

Ben Lakitan

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-11-26 13:33]

Hi Ricardo,
Maervellous capture with clear details,sharpness and colors.
The POV is superb.

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 260 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-11-26 14:17]

Hi Ricardo,
Quite amazing how many different types of grasshopper there really are!You've caught a lovely one here...good detail down to the pollen and drops of water on its back.Great vibrant colours...what a clash!Nice work...take care.
Regards, David

Amigo Ricardo.
No es por dudar de tus conocimientos de los insectos argentinos, pero si tuviera que buscar a este pequeño lo haria entre los grillos, y no entre los saltamontes, lo digo por lo largo de las antenas, lo abultado del abdomen, y el pose típico que adoptan estos insectos. Aun asi, no me hagas caso, mis conocimientos entomologicos son muy limitados.
Una foto muy colorida, parece que la flor esta hecha para resaltar el insecto. Buena luz y definición tambien. Un saludo amigo!

Your notes are FABULOUS. Highly educative.
The image is so well focused that I feel like touching it.
Excellent clarity.
Well composed & presented.
Best regards,

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-11-26 20:19]

Ricardo, mais um excelente trabalho realizado por você com a Pro1.

Excelentes cores e saturação. Também gosto muito da composição e do ângulo.

Como sempre, bela e completa nota. Também gostei do workshop.

Hello Ricardo,
A very good cvlose-up and you capture wonderful details in the little green guy!
I like the framing here where you actually use the flower as background...
Subject nicely framed and presented in a dynamic composition!
Pablo -

Bonjour Ricardo
Belle présentation et belle prise en macro avec cette joli saterelle, comme toutes tes autres que tu nous as envoyées,les couleurs et la nettetée sont très bonnes, belle composition .
Au revoir et félicitation ....JP
Les sourires demain

Well done Ricardo.
Excellent detail seen in your very small subject. Exposed well with bold colors..
Nice capture & presentation with an exemplary note :)
Have a great week.

Well I've got to get my sunglasses for this one. You managed to get the entire grasshopper in perfect focus. Wow.

Evelynn : )

hi ricardo,
what a lovely post,
nice pov, good dof,
very well composed shot,
lovely colours,
tfs & regards

Hello Ricardo,
What a color explosion in your photo!!!
The several tones of the magenta are stunning, the core's deeps yellows, and the tiny green grasshoper puts and extra element to enjoy into your pic.
PD: I Would love it even more without the frame.

Beautiful sharp image,lovely composition. Outstanding colours...
Well photograph...

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-11-29 2:40]
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Hello Ricardo,
Great macro, very clear and sharp picture of the grashopper. Very colourful also and I like the composition here.
Details are great especially the raindrops on the back.
tfs paula

Hi Ricardo, beautiful colors and detail, cheers, Luís.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-11-30 5:48]

Hello Ricardo,
Very nice capture.I liked vivid colors,POV,framing and composition a lot.TFS

Hi friend,
Great macro shot! Great backlight, colours, sharpnes, details, DOF and POV!
Take care Ana:)

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-12-07 11:18]
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hello RAP
here is excellent macro working. i like composition, point of view, colours, lighting, sharpness, details and frame in your photo.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2006-12-13 12:06]

Hi Ricardo,
Your portfolio is superb,
Like your other photos this one is marvellous,
Great capture,

Hola Ricardo, very nice composition, beautiful insect with lovely details, great sharpness, amazing wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-12-29 7:00]

Excellente prise,l'éclairage est magique et cette composition est une explosion de couleurs. Bravo pour les détails et les contrastes.

Merci pour vos commantaire et Bonne Année!

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-12-29 19:59]

Hello Ricardo,
Very interesting shot with workshop and note.
Nice colour composition and contrast however focus is somewhat soft. But that's quite understood with such small object.
Best greetings,

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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-01-18 10:12]

Hi Ricardo,
excellent shot!The flower and the grasshopper are both very beautiful.Interesting view into the flower.
I like macro very much,due to it we can see unusual things. Superb composition, colour and light.
best regards,

Hola Ricardo,
First of all - excellent idea to post the workshop - it shows why you did not include the bug's antennas in the original post - they are so long!
Another great macro of the tiny creatures you always bring us!
TFS - Shir

I really like your portfolio Ricardo here is another example of your your creative work the colours are awsome and details on the Grasshopper is awsome beautifully composed and presented tfs rgds Necip

Hello Ricardo,

The colors are particularly nice, and the insect is an attractive one too. Nice exposure and sharp focus. Personally, I don't like the framing line, but that's personal preference, but I find it distracting.

By the way, it isn't a grasshopper, looks like a Katydid of some sort, or possibly a Cricket. Grasshoppers have short antennae, Katydids and Crickets generally have antennae that are as long or longer than their body, an easy way to tell what variety you're looking at.


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