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Striped Bush-Cricket

Striped Bush-Cricket
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Konica Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 55 mm
Exposure: f/16, 1/350 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-27 8:56
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Striped Bush-Cricket

There are many crickets in our region this year. Earlier I met these insects only twice – one time per year.

Spring was cold and rainy. Summer now is hot enough and dry. Trees and bushes around are very luxuriant. May be that is why bush crickets are widespread this year.

This is another species of bush-crickets – Striped Bush-Cricket. You can see white strips on its backs and different a bit coloration (compared with Green bush-cricket).

Pictured specimen is so little, about three cm. Despite the fact, its antennas are also too long and I have allowed to cut them a little bit.

Shot is almost full frame.
-0.5 eV exposure compensation is applied.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To mayuresh: Many thanks.Alex99 1 07-09 05:16
To Miss_Piggy: Thank you so much.Alex99 1 07-05 09:46
To jignasi: New CameraAlex99 1 06-29 01:43
To red45: Odessa vs CrimeaAlex99 5 06-28 21:48
To uleko: Snails.Alex99 1 06-27 09:52
To vanderschelden: Exposure (and thanks a lot)Alex99 1 06-27 09:13
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Hi Alexei,
Your the master of depth of field. Add to this very good light, excellent expose and processing and you got a very good image.
To avoid underexposure you can use the blown highlights recovery slider if you use ACR (Adobe Camera Raw)...
I can't see any noise at all...
Well done and a very good weekend

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-06-27 9:11]

Hi Alex,
briliant image of this bush cricket, good composition, great many details, appropriate background, yellow flower giving good contrast to the bush cricket. the long antenna going all the way to the top corner and disappear is a bonus. only little under exposure would have given more detpth to the image. TFS.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-27 9:29]

Hi Alexei. The weatehr here is not very good at the moment so wee need some warm sun. This is a fine close up of the Cricket. Good detail and natural colours. from your shrp focusin we can see all the markings. a nice POV on the bright yellow flower. well done tFS.

Have a nice weekend.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-27 9:40]

Hi Alexei,

Amazing shot of this cricket on the yellow flower. I cannot believe the length of those antennae. You captured him perfectly showing him off in great detail. Excellent composition.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-27 9:41]
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Hello Alexei,
Very impressive capture of this little Cricket nicely posed on a flower. Those long antennae are always a problem to accommodate but they look really good here as diagonals in the composition. Great sharpness and beautiful colours too against a fine soft background. Well done!
Our drought has come to an end and today it was pouring down and everything is nice and green again. I can see lots of snails in the garden but no crickets yet!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Ola Alexei
Bonita foto deste inseto, você conseguiu capturar bons detalhes com uma otima nitidez e foco.

Hi Alexei,
a fine picture of the cricket with good sharpness and DOF,
F16 really pays off, all details who counts are sharp.
Maybe a small correction of the light would improved the picture as I find it slightly to bright.
Well done. old friend.
Have a great weekend.

Hi Alexei, an other great macro of this beautiful cricket, great composition with splendid flower, fantastic colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-27 10:07]

Hi Alex,very great pic,not easy to have a perfect focus from the body to the antennae,great colors and perfect details,my best compliments and thanks for share this beauty,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-27 11:51]

Hello Alexei,
Very beautiful photo of this Bush-Cricket. Excellent sharpness and details in a fantastic composition. The DOF and OOF BG are great.
Have a wonderful weekend,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-27 12:00]

Hola Alexei,
buena captura con óptima iluminación,
colores hermosos y foco.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-27 12:36]

Excellent macro of this Striped Bush-Cricket!
Very good sharpness and delicate details.
Superb composition and POV.
Great DOF.

Well done!


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-06-27 13:30]

Hello Alexei,
Your Cricked is superb, such green on the yellow flower. I like here tone colour. Sharpness of the details is faultless.
Regards, Pawel.

Stupenda macro, eccellenti POV e composizione con la cavalletta immersa nel fiore e le antenne che vanno oltre...verso l'ignoto, straordinaria nitidezza, fantastici i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Alexei,
Very fine and beautiful macro of the striped Bush-Cricket!
the exposure and focus is perfect with great sharpness, very nice colour and superb details in the shot
well done and many thanks for the sharing

Hello Alexei,

Beautiful picture of this cricket. Excellent composition, POV, DOF and sharpness. Good light and beautiful vivid colours.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-28 1:43]

hello Alex,
Summer-picture par excellence. I'm so glad that you show from time to time crickets, which are very photogenic, but don't in general seem to be too appreciated. With excellent pictures like yours, may be these insects will be better known. Beautiful light and fine colours make this shot very charming.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-28 2:06]

Hi Alexei,
Beautiful close up of this cricet.DOF,BG,colors and details are perfect.Well caught,exposed and composed.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

Dear Alexei,
a masterly well composed, heigh precision work with fabulous handling of light. The yellow blossom seems to radiate light like a sun, and on the bush cricket you are showing the most subtle shades of greens and brown. Another masterpiece from you my dear steady friend. All my best wishes to you!
With best regards,

Hello Alexei!
Another great coloured picture with interesting object and amazing DOF. I like composition too a sunny flower with a cricket :)
According to the weather, I have to say that I perfectly remember temperatures from Crimean Peninsula. So I can imagine that it is not to "fresh" at this moment in Odessa :) But I can see also that even hot days are good for taking a good quality picture for so good photographer like Alexei! ;>
Best greetings from Lodz my Friend and have a nice weekend!
Friendly yours,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-28 2:27]

Hello Alexei,
Indeed, this is male Striped Bush Cricket, sharply and well captured from a fine POV.
Excellent focusing and DOF to show the whole insect nearly completely including most of the long antennae and the composition on the yellow flower is great.
If I wanted a text book portrait of this species, this would be ideal and thanks for sharing it,
Best regards, Ivan

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-28 3:22]

Hello Alexei, Fantastic just superb. Excellent shot and lovely sharpness. Well done and thanks for sharing. Ganesh

Nice shot. In my opinion the dull brownish bg looks a little unflattering, but the shapes of the slender legs and the long antennas along with the combination of bright yellow and light green look very attractive. Wonderful sharpness and details.

WOW! Perfect! What can I say? Very clear and sharp. Well composed.

I love this shot,it's very well lighted and well timed!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-06-28 7:35]
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Priviet Alex!

It is very surprising to me how many interesting animals live in Crimea. I didn't saw many of them during my Ukrainian trip, fortunatelly you post picture after picture with review of Crimean insects. As always great work my friend! Green cricket looks very nice on yellow flower. Perfect light, colours and details!

Hi dear Alexei ,
Great macro as always.
Vivid colours and nice BG .
A perfect work.
Kind regards

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-06-28 12:03]

hello my dear friend
here is a another wonderful macro photo from your great portfolio
composition, POV, DOF, colours and sharpness are great

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-06-28 14:26]

Hola Alex, muy bonita composición, una toma con excelente PDC, nitida, con buena luz y color.
Un saludo

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-28 14:31]

Hi Alexei,
Very good photo. Light, colors, contrast, details, POV and composition look very nice. TFS

What a GREAT GREAT photographer you are, Alexei.
Even the "tiny, tiny" beads on the antenna of the creature are visible in UTMOST CLARITY.
Friendly greetings,

Hello Alexei,
I have not seen your great posts for a long time. I was often out of the city. Now, I see your excellent macro shot on this cricket. Two month ago, I also posted similar species from Turkiye. You also captured it with perfect focus and details, great POV and composition. yellow flower nice to roost. thanks for sharing. have a nice weekend friend

Hello Alexei,
Another mind-boggling macro picture from your adept hands.
To get the main subject into the frame, its long antennae had to be justifiably curtailed.
With aperture value 16 and shutter speed 350, you have created sheer magic here.
This is what can truly be described as a razor sharp image with rich colours.
Thanks for sharing it and best regards.

hello Alexei

excellent shot of this Cricket, with very fine POV, DOF and framing,
beautiful luminosity and colours of the image,
great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-06-28 22:54]

Hi Alexei!

You present us a nice little monster, a really funny and surprising creature! The antennas are terribly long and I guess it must be almost impossible to have them all or in sharpness over the whole length. But I believe in this particular case that this does not reduce the quality of the picture. The composition, the lighting and the colour management are superb.

Kind regards


bonjour alexei
de tres jolies couleurs composent cette photo,le BG flou met bien en evidence le sujet.
la netteté et l'exposition sont parfaitement maitrisées,c'est juste un petit peu dommage que les antennes ne soient pas entieres,mais c'est un detail.

Muchas gracias por tus amables comentarios Alexei. Estreno con esa foto y otras mi nueva cámara canon 450, ya que con la anterior 400D he tenido muchos problemas desde un inicio. La verdad es que cada día se trabaja con peores materiales de construcción. El hecho de bajar precios en un mercado tan competitivo se traduce, creo yo, en este tipo de problemas.
Tu toma muy atractiva, come siempre, aunque en esta ocasión jugando al borde de la luz y aún así has conseguido un resultado más que aceptable. Que tengas un buen Domingo.
Un abrazo desde España: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

Please accepet my apologies for not seeing this wonderful image sooner, quite stunning, clarity and sharpness is first class, a great composition. Stunning DoF and such a clean noise free image... amazing!!! and an inspiration. regards h

Hi Alexei,
A lovely capture of this bush cricket. Superb details, lighting and a very goo composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Bonjour Alex
Très belle composition, beau sujet et arrière plan, excellentes couleurs et netteté. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-06-29 7:21]

hi Alexei
great macro shot, details are fantastic and compo is well manage. Good colors and light.


Hello Alexei,

These are amazingly long antennae - I wonder if they become heavy when they get them wet!

Excellent exposure, superb details of both the insect and the flower and fine composition.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)
Many thanks for your comments on 'Spotlight on 4 leaf clover'.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-06-29 20:41]

Hi Alexi, this is a delightful photo of flower and cricket. I like the composition and the very rich colors. Composition and DOF are excellent! Cheers!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-06-30 2:05]

Hi Alexei,
a perfect DOF and excellent exposure has givenm you a very eye catching shot here. Excellent detail and framing, well done!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-30 5:10]

Hi Alexei,
Outstanding macro shot of this Bush-cricket with immaculate sharpness and lovely colours. Nice pose captured on that charming yellow flower and the colour contrast is vivid. Looks majestic. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-06-30 12:19]

Un joli contraste pour un bon cadrage.
Bonne journée.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-01 7:30]

Well done Alexei on this fine macro, the light is just beautiful, well done, thanks!


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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-07-01 12:41]

Hello Alexei,
In one word whow, may be two Super !!
Excellent job its a wonderfull image.


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-07-02 4:23]

Hello Alexei
How beautiful this bush-cricket with those colors and such large antenae! It is curious that you had only seen too specimens before, though it is not too odd. A time ago I saw bugs everywere when I was in the wild, since I feared them a lot. Nowadays I find there are not so many, in fact I can hardly see them when I go looking for them.
Fortunately you found this little one and so you did one of your master photos that I like so much. Magnificent focus, light, bg, colors and everything.
Thank you very much dear friend.
Best regards

Hallo Alexei
Due to the fact that I have been ill, I just could not give my comments to some of the lovely images that appeared and past me by on the gallery. Now I have such a lot of catching up to do so please pardon me for only saying……………………
I only but appreciate this stunning image and it did not go unnoticed.You have captured the fine lined detail of the antennas with excellent skill and manner. The clarity of both the cricket and the yellow flower is is super. The bright yellow brightened up this already great image to a higher level.
Best regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-02 21:32]

Hello Alexei

Another beautiful macro shot ,the clarity is wonderful.
Excellent focus and detail.
The colours are vibrant.
Lovely DOF and POV.
The OOF BG has a lovely bokeh.


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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2008-07-03 2:24]

Hi Alex!
It is so crisp and clear it's almost translucent, you are truly master of light and focus, beautiful shot.

Hello Alexei,

This criket is very impressive with its soooooooooooooo long antennas!!! It is interesting because in french "criquet" are caracterized with short antennas while "sauterelle" (grass-hopper in english) have long antennas like this one.

Very nice bg and excellent POV and exposition...

Great job and TFS!


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-07-04 5:21]

Hi Alex
Beautiful composition.Sharp image with very nice colors.Detail are amasing.Also excellent OOF Bg .

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-04 22:46]

Hi Alexei

Great shot - very good framing and superb detail and colour saturation. Well seen and captured.


Hi Alexei, again,

nice composition with the flower and the long antennae, and a neutral background. It's good to use wild growing flowers for insect presentation.
My best regards to you

Hello Alexi,
very briliant capture,wonderful macro shot with great dof,perfect lighting and sharpness,
very well done,

Bonjour Alexei
Belle présentation et belle prise en macro avec ce joli criquet sur ce bouton de fleur, les couleurs et la nettetée sont très bonnes, belle composition et le Bg est super .
Au revoir et félicitation ....JP

Beautiful work Alexei,
Technically very well done..
Your subject is clear & sharp with excellent sunny colors.
Sans any distractions, we are allowed to focus on the simple beauty of the scene :)

Hola Alexei.

Otra mas de tus buenas capturas, con calidad en los detalles.

Jose Luis.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-07-13 6:44]

Hi Alexei

All of your plants have such wonderful guests living on them. The volume of birds and hedgehogs living in my small garden means that I don't see meny insects. Great POV, nice details and excellent DOF. Nicely composed as well



Hi Alex
Long legs, long antennas, long everything Very good DOF, nice OOF background and good composition Nothing to critique Great job
Best wishes

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-07-17 20:50]

Hi Alexei
What an excelletly crisp and sharp shot on a sunny day.

I love yet another scene where you have caught the cricket feeding on the flower.Wow a full frame shot at that.Apparently you managed to get quiet close to the scene and to capture it in entirety.

The sunlight falling on the cricket and the yellow of the flower together create a very cheerful and sunny atmosphere.And what an amazing amount of detail shown of its head.The mouth ready for the next bite and the the little black spot on the eye is very clearly visible adding more dramatic element to the shot.

I guess you would have had a tough time managing the perfect DoF trying to include those lengthy antennaes into the composition.Yet the way you have caught them in a willow like position two of them separately makes them look quite interesting.

Fine muted Bg and also the little bud towards the right adds value to the content of the shot.Very well done.

TFS & Cheers

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2008-07-20 4:11]

Bonjour Alexei, well caught this is an excellent composition. Thanks for your critique and kind words. Didier.

Hello Alexei. Excellent sharp focus on the cricket perched on the yellow flower. I like the way you controlled the meter of your camera keeping the shallow depth against pleasing muted background. Well done and best regards. Jusni

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-04-20 6:52]

Hi Alex,
this genre is always an attractive one. the insect on the flower, very lovely and impressive. The long feelers are very effective in giving a good impact to the photo.
Beautiful flowers and excellent clarity shot of the insect, making this capture a top class one.
Great shot, Alex,


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