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Pholidoptera griseoaptera

Pholidoptera griseoaptera
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Orthoptera of Europe incl. Turkey-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-29 5:25
Viewed: 3863
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Long-legged backyard inhabitants (4):

A surprise visitor at the front door (end of November) was this 16 mm-long cricket. It's a male Dark Bush Cricket (Orthoptera; Tettigoniidae; Pholidoptera griseoaptera (=Thamnotrizon griseoaptera) (de Geer 1773); Gewöhnliche Strauchschrecke; Decticelle cendrée). This species is known to get out of the protecting layer of dead leaves as soon as the sun appears, even in winter. But the discreet, mainly ground living cricket is easily overlooked and the male's song is a thin and fine "srit" once every second. For me two things stand out in this portrait: the ROSY eyes that I discovered only while looking through my macro lens, and the slits of the hearing organs on top of the front tibiae. The cricket is not rare at all and distributed throughout Europe.

Post pocessing: In PS I had to fiddle around with contrast and "Darken/ Lighten". I also increased the contrast and saturation somewhat. The rest was as usual.

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Hi Dietrich.
A perfect macro capture with wonderfull details of this insect.Congratulations.
Best regards.Alin.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-29 5:31]

Hello Dietrich,
Excellent use of flash and a fine frontal POV with excellent sharpness and DOF have contributed to a fine close view of this Bush Cricket, a species common in Sweden and somewhat variable. Great eye-contact!:))
Thanks and best wishes,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-29 5:31]

Hi Dietrich.
Excellent macro shot taken at so impressive lowest POV. I like face-to face composition of the image and superb details of the cute visitor. My kind regards and TFS.

Hi Dietrich,
da zeigst Du uns ja ganz was besonderes.
Besuch von diesem grimmig dreinschauenden Hüpfer um diese Jahreszeit, das ist unglaublich. Hast Du ihm ein warmes Plätzchen bei Dir im Haus angeboten ;-)
Die scharfen Details sind wunderbar - besonders die rosa Augen haben es mir angetan.
Danke schön, erstklassig
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-11-29 8:34]

Hello Dietrich
Wonderful portrait with great details.
Well done

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-11-29 9:02]

What a great macro!
Lovely eyes to this wonderful grasshopper!

ciao Dietrich!
great eye contact............
but seems a bit incazzato!!!

ciao sERGIO

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-11-30 0:35]

Hi Dietrich,
Very nice close up.POV,sharpness and details are wonderful.Excellent work!
Have a great week!
Thanks for posting..

Hi Dietrich

Great shot of this song master. Excellent portrait with great sharpness and details. You got down really low to take this one. I like the tones and smooth surface of his exoskeleton.


Hi MF Dietrich,

Stunning macro capture of this pretty cricket from excellent POV with flawless details, great DOF and delightful composition.
By the way, i wrote something about your vote:) on my last posting!
Cheers MF,


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-01 8:50]

Guten Abend Dietrich,
was für einen Insekt! Splendid Makro mit einer suggestiven Titel. Ausgezeichnete Farbe mit einer Klasse BG.
Ein schöner Abend,

Hello Dietrich,
a superb macro shot of the Dark Bush Cricket, very good sharpness with impressive detail, perfect exposure with the flash, excellent frontal POV and composition
Best regards

Ciao Dietrich. Great impressive lightining and focused close up. Stunning details and good contrast.


Impresionante acercamiento, de original y bello cromatismo. El encuadre y el recorte de gran habilidad y una profundidad de campo más que sobrada. Buen enfoque a los ojos que captaste de manera precisa y centrando en ellos el foco.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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