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Little Hopper

Little Hopper
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro + 1.4X II
Exposure: f/11, 1/25 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-01-10 17:14
Viewed: 7969
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another Macro shot from a recent trip to the Missouri Botanical Gardens Butterfly House. While starting to set up to shoot a butterfly, I noticed this tiny vivid green insect trying to hide from me on this Anthurium flower. I prefocused on the Stamen and then used my finger to steer him back around the vertical stalk. A bit of cat and mouse game to get it right, but I got off a couple frames before he jumped off. He appeared to be some type of grasshopper, but I have no idea exactly what kind.

Shot off a tripod with the use of a cable shutter release. The 180mm macro with a 1.4 extender gives me approx. 252mm of focal length. Fill flash set to -2/3 exposure compensation.

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Beautiful hopper in excellent details. Nice contrasting green and white. Superb micro.
Well done Scott!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-10 17:47]

Hi Scott,

Great shot of this grasshopper. At first I thought it was posed on an ear of corn. Wonderful green and the eye is superb. I love the background.


Hi Scott,
Great shot of this little katydid nymph?
Looks very nice with the green of the insect & BG, that contrasts the yellow & white of the stamen..The stamen also gives good scale, telling the viewer how small it really is..I don't know how many times I did that finger dance myself trying to get the bug in position :)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-10 18:44]

Hello Scott,
Superb macro image with amazing details and vivid colors the result of your great camera work, thanks Scott.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-01-10 20:37]

WOW Scott, this is good, so nice and sharp and vibrant colours too. Very clear macro - bravo

Hi Scott,
Great technique to get this beautiful shot. Perfect sharpness and exposure. Great composition. Also like the color clarity. Very well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-01-11 0:17]

Hi Scott!

Great macro shot of green insect on big dildo... eeee I mean flower :-) Detailed, sharp, with great diagonal composition and vivid colours. Pity that upper part is cut off...

ps. We [with my wife] have 'Law and Order' marathon this month - one part every night :-) Not as good as NYPD Blue, but I like it. And I like many shots from NYC's streets.

Hi Scott. A lovely combination of colours, excellent details and use of light and shade.Incredible vibrancy of that green. Regards. Klaudio.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-11 4:43]

Hello Scott

I think the Anthurium plant makes a pretty interesting shot by itself.
A wonderful macro showing excellent texture and detail.
The colour saturation is well done,the colours are rich.
Nicely composed in the frame with the diagonal flow.
The focus is spot on.
Great job.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-11 9:11]

Hi Scott.
What an impressive macro and very interesting technique. You managed to get crisp sharp image using so long exposure time. It is great. Flash work and colours are excellent too. May be cropping on the top is strong quite a little bit. Bravo and best wishes.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-13 12:22]

Hi Scott

This is a lovely clear and bright image. I love the sharpness of the shot and the great POV which has us staring right into his eye. Perfect DOF.

He looks quite sweet cling on there



Hello Scott,
very clear, powerfully concentrated presentation of that vividly green little grasshopper climbing up a delightfully detailed Anthurium. Thank you!
With best regards,

Hi Scott,
Excellent Macro shot, love the color and the blended background, great diagonal with the white vegatation this little guy is resting on. TFS

Linda macro Scott, excelentes detalhes e cores maravilhosas.

Hi Scott

I don't have the faintest clue concerning the ID, but I think I would go along with Howard's thinking that it probably belongs to the katydid family of mini hoppers. I liked your notes describing how you had to nudge and guide this guy to get it to the right spot for the shot.

The details and colours are excellent and so are the DOF, POF, and OOF BG. The vertical composition is a pleasant and obvious choice to accommodate the extended style of the flower and of course those long antennae of the insect. I just cannot make up my mind though, which do I like most, the Anthurium or the "katydid". Both are just fabulous.

I've taken the liberty to do a quick workshop, basically just to address the slight shadowy area of the insect. All was done using PhotoShop's "Shadow/Highlight" function at the default settings.

Well done with the macro MF and TFS.

Hello Scott,

Excellent composition, nice and sharp, and the exposure is right on the money, wonderful macro all-around. Nice to see someone else form Illinois here.


Hello Scott.

Excellent image, very good details and colors.
Great composition.

Jose Luis.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2008-06-28 11:05]

Hi Scott.

Critique and comment latter, no time.


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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2008-09-14 17:25]

Beauty, Scott. See, there ARE interesting things to shoot in the midwest, you just have to look closely. Very closely. As in macro. Nice to see you trying this out. For me this image works very well. Great details and exposure. If I had a nit, it would be that it is a bit tight, though I think we might lose the 'hopper if you got much further out.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2008-10-07 21:12]

Hi Scott!
The details are amazing and the lights are very nice. Very good work!

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