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Large Marsh Grasshopper female

Large Marsh Grasshopper female
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Orthoptera of Europe incl. Turkey-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-23 6:04
Viewed: 4669
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As our winter shows no signs of giving way to spring I am posting another reminder of summer.

Large Marsh Grasshopper female (Stethophyma grossum (Mecosthetus grossus) )

While visiting my brother-in law and his family we took at trip to the inner archipelago E. of Stockholm. This nature reserve on the island of Värmdö is full of mixed forest and damp open hollows.

The Large Marsh Grasshopper inhabits damp places, such as wet meadows marshes and water margins and as such habitats are widespread in Sweden, it is found practically all over my country up to Lapland.

The male emerges first in July. It is smaller than the female and has a shorter abdomen in relation to the wings which project beyond. The female is larger and bulkier and her abdomen projects beyond the wings, as seen in the left part of this image. She emerges a week or so later and females can be found into the autumn.
They communicate with one another by means of short dry chirps. The large female at almost 4 cm (1.5 in) long, makes this species the largest grasshopper species in Sweden.

They are not easy to photograph and are easily scared into flying a distance of some meters if not carefully approached.

This was taken with my long lens hand held at a distance of about 1.8meters (6 ft.)
The image was only moderately cropped. After size reduction it was selectively sharpened

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Hej Ivan,

Fascinating macro shot with, as it seems like, the whole grasshopper in focus. Top class sharpness and neat background, too. Colors aren't very varied, but it was a mistake of the evolution. :) No, of course, she needed colors for perfect camouflage. Only such sensitive eyes as Yours were able to discover her. Brilliant job MF. Bravo.

Here in Hungary winter "kicks the last", as we used to say. Today there wasn't frost at all, but a bit of rain. Almost all of the snow are already melted in the city (but there's still 25 centimeters in the mountains).

Friendly regards, László

Hello Ivan,
what a fantastic macro shot of this Grasshopper, outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours, very well done.
Best regards
Ciao Maurizio

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-23 6:14]

Hi Ivan
What a lovely grasshopper!
Details and colors are fantastic.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-02-23 6:15]

Hello Ivan,
This an impressive close-up shot of this grasshopper female.
Details and composition are wonderful.
TFS and R's,

Ciao Ivan, great macro of beautiful grasshopper, good natural ambientation, fine details, fantastic colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ivan
I like your grasshopper because is so sharp and very natural colored.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-23 7:03]

Hello Ivan,
What a beauty! Fantastic clear colours and sharp details in this photo. Excellent low POV. Good composition and isolation from the BG.

hello Ivan,
plays with the light very well, the shiny texture that is created in colors makes one impressive photo, very good clarity and sharpness!
"keep photographing my friend" TFS

Hello Ivan, excellent close-up shot of this green grasshopper from fine viewpoint with wonderful composition and clarity.
TFS and regards,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-02-23 8:35]

Hi Ivan,
Great macro of this Grasshopper, splendid lights end details! By us it is a warm Weather, sunshine and + 12 degree.


I must say that this picture is very sharp, colors are splendid as well as the grasshopper, in other words a nice well done work

best regards,paul

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-23 8:50]

Hi Ivan,
Razorsharp macro work.Exposure is spot on,focus couldn't be better.
Well caught,framed and composed.
Thanks for posting..

Hello Ivan,
Very good way to generate a picture in contrast with relatively complicated. The focus layers create a fund very nice and well-blurred. The foreground grasshopper, is perfect in details and color. TFS

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-02-23 9:57]

Hello Ivan,
Very pleasant is this reminder of summer. In good light very sharp details of body in natural environment.
Regards, Pawel
P.S. In my country began fast thawing weather and pity a little such fabulous winter landscapes but I'm very glad having four seasons.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-23 10:19]

Hi Ivan. I am always amazed what fine detail and sharp focusing you get with the 300 + 1.4 lens set. I start to think is a macro lens always needed !! Any way this is a first class picture of the Grasshopper , taken at a low POV . Not so sure i could get this low down and get back up. Very good use of the light making for bright colours. TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-23 10:24]

Hello Ivan,
This is an excelent close-up of the grasshopper with excelent sharpness and very nice colors. There is a fine contrast between insect's colors and the camouflage background.Thank you for sharing,
Best regards Siggi

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-23 12:02]

Hello Ivan
Wow! Great macro with wonderful colors and excellent details

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-02-23 12:22]

Hola Ivan,
estupenda captura,
con buen foco y color...
la iluminación es magnífica,
fina macro amigo,

Hej Dostum Ivan,

An impressive close-up capture of a female LMG from lateral POV. The colors of the LMG are perfectly shown with nice sharpness and great contrast.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


hello Ivan
a beautiful grasshopper
with great details and good sharpness
greeting lou

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  • nokk Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 21] (214)
  • [2010-02-23 13:26]

hi Ivan,
great picture, Ivan! very good details, light and posture (I like the background, natural, live...)
usually, we tend to photograph them as artificial,far the environment they live ,but their life is this!
my compliments,doina

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-02-23 14:38]

Slav Îvan,
A very good close up of this Grasshopper with excellent sharpness and beautiful colours.Nice composition and fine details.TFS.
Bi slavên germ,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-02-23 14:53]

Hi Ivan

Greetings from the departure lounge at JFK. A beautiful macro with exceptional detail and lighting. Great pov too.

Best wishes


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-02-23 15:36]

Hi Ivan,incredible use of the light,the reflection on the grasshopper's body whit this sharpness are fantastics!!!There is a lot of things to learn in your photographic tecnique...thanks to show us this pearl!! Have a nice day,Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-23 15:53]

Hi Ivan,

This grasshopper should be very well camouflaged but your magical photographic skills have him standing out so well from the ground coverage. Colors and details of the face, eye and body are perfect. A wonderful natural setting and a superb composition.


Hej Ivan
a great close-up of Large Marsh Grasshopper on green grasses, with great sharp focus and under good lighting. POV and composition very nice as like colors and good informative notes.
you are right. it reminds me summer. but some signs occur here for spring. I have received news from my bird watcher friend and White Storks start to come and some swallows too.
I hope you will have similar news a short time later.
thanks for sharing, best wishes my friend

hello Ivan

WOW ! excellent close-up photo of this female insect,
very fine POV, DOF, superb focus sharpness and details,
that beautiful catch-light render also insects more
beautiful in the photos, TFS


Hello Ivan,
Nice macro of a difficult subject. You have made good use of your long lens to get this one beautifully. Inclusion of subjects habitat gives the viewer an idea of its camouflage. TFS

Hi Ivan

another interesting insect for us to enjoy. Well composed with good sharpness and separation from teh surrounding grass.


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-02-23 23:58]

Hello Ivan,

Very difficult for take but very well done.
Wonderful macro picture with a high quality.
Also the sharpness and clarity are nice for look at.
Very well composition, good presentation.

Best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-02-24 3:53]

Hello Ivan,
Excellent shot with perfect sharpness and a well chosen low point of view. This Marsh Grasshopper is very present on the Moosalp, a bog-landscape in Valais situated on 2000m altitude . I had some pictures of it, which I lost in the crash of my computer. Anyway my pictures weren't so well done like the one you show us here.
Un grand merci!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-24 4:42]

Hi Ivan,
very nicely shown in good light. The shine is so exciting and the sharpness is well rendered. I like the composition of this shallow depth, giving a dramatic scene.


Ciao Ivan. This is a magnificent macro shot MF. Perfect sharp and beautiful natural colours. Superb details on graphic insect's boby.


Hello Ivan,
Excellent close-up of this little insect, good details, sharpness and colors. Well done!

Hi dear Ivan ,
Great macro with excellent focus.
Very well done

Kind regards

In my haste I almost missed this one Ivan, it would be a pity since your ants-eye view of this tele-macro capture shows this anacridid grasshopper with superb selective focus usage and perfect exposure, revealing lots of structural details of this fascinating insect in its natural surroundings.
TFS and cheers,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-24 14:59]

Hi Ivan,
magnifik detta makro.
Vad klarhet och detaljer! Du valde den här POV mycket väl, den slutliga sammansättningen som en topp.
En lugn kväll,

hello Ivan
you have captured this beautiful grasshopper with great sharpness especially on his head, wonderful surroundings and great colors
i like the light effect on the body of this Large Marsh Grasshopper
Have a good night

Hi Argus.

You have closed really well on this grasshopper with your excellent lens and converter. Amazing details from your experienced lenswork.

I like the well managed exposure and sharpness especially around the compound eyes and the wings.

Excellent post and thanks for sharing.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-06-01 5:21]

Hello Ivan,
Once again you bring us an amazingly detailed macro image. The colours and details in this image are phenomenal. Outstanding work Ivan, thank you.

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