Monday, September 11, 2006

MACRO MONDAYS -- A Daisy and a Grasshopper Part 2

33 Comments:

Blogger micki said...

Yesterday’s image was of two support legs for one of the very large coasters at Busch Gardens. I was waiting with the boys for my daughters to ride one of the water rides, and thought the supports would make a good Take a Guess shot.

Awhile back I posted a picture of this grasshopper on the daisy where he wasn’t in the center of the flower. Someone commented that they’d like to have seen the grasshopper in the center of the daisy. I just so happened to have that photo. I think enough time has passed to allow for showing it today. I’m posting it today because the grasshoppers are in short supply around here right now. Ernesto must have drowned them all with the rain that fell. Most nights, if I can find any, they are still quite small. Normally I wouldn’t care, but our toads and frogs are getting hungry. I finally had to buy a container of Canadian Nightcrawlers yesterday when out shopping. Man, you all grow ‘em big up there. You should have seen the little toads eating those worms! It took a while, but they got them down. I think they’re good for awhile now. No more rumbling frog tummies.

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Ultra Color ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/45
Aperture Setting - f-16 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
Metered off a gray card for exposure
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

9:19 AM  
Blogger Don said...

That grasshopper knows the good places in life.
Nice closeup. Inrteresing food supply story too! :-)

9:26 AM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

I like this one very much Micki...lovely deatil as always. I really need to get myself a macro lens. Phil

9:41 AM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Micki. You tell the story with such gusto!! Glad the frogs are no longer hungry. How long will it be before you have to get more food for them? I can't really remember the last grasshopper photo but this one is lovely. He looks like he absolutely belongs on that daisy.

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Craig said...

Lovely shot, there is alot of detail on both of the subjects.

9:52 AM  
Anonymous armeen said...

i think this is the first time that i see a photo of a grasshopper on a flower. it's a neat capture.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Wingnut said...

very nice, the grasshopper looks almost to sharp! (ok now there's something you don't hear often, too sharp, lol) I love froggies and toadie, we have 20 itty bitty toad babies right now, boy do I hear ya about feeding, I find myself outside scraping aphids off my plants, scouring the yard for anything and everything, I don't know why I never thought of worms..... maybe when they get a bit bigger, right now they are the size of half a fingernail! anyway, great shot!

11:08 AM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

lovelu macro...i like color and detail here:-)))

11:33 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

Wonderfully gruesome narrative to accompany this delightful pic. “ . . our toads and frogs are getting hungry . . “ oh, what a smile of a line!

11:52 AM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

great macro, .
is so difficult to get the highlights right in this kind of shots, very well done!

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely colors and a strange model (never seen a grasshopper on a flower), great macro!

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Kris said...

Hi Micky, excellent composition. Make sure you check out this one too:
http://www.brightsquares.com/index.php?showimage=45

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

What a great shot.

12:18 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

very nice....macro monday might just be my favourite day of ur week.....8/10
cr=7/10

12:43 PM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Ah its good to be back here :)
Lovely light really is what I have to say, those whites are bright and at the same time have retained their crisp detail and its just so perfect that a little more would be overexposed. Of course gotta love the yellow :) GREAT GREAT SHOT!!!

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Karl Baumann said...

Nice one, but my mental image of a grasshopper is a green funny looking insect. This one is brown and ugly maybe it's a whimsy?

1:00 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

This critter looks to be particularly well armored - no flowers will be messing with this little beastie!

1:36 PM  
Anonymous 360 Pixels said...

Perfect exposure on the flower, the white is a really rich white. Lovely details on the flower as well.

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

OK, now did this grasshopper survive after the photo was taken? Did he end up as a toad snack? I'm sure that you probably picked him up, popped him in a container, and make toad-takeout of him!!! ;-)

Now, I seem to always learn something. I didn't realize that toads ate worms. Now that it's cooler, we're starting to see toads on the back porch again, but only at night.

2:55 PM  
Blogger ndiginiz said...

Tena koe ehoa
Wow! Micki this is an exellent macro image. Fantastic detail and colours are so deep.

3:21 PM  
Anonymous john said...

Super, great detail in the grasshopper and nice composition.

3:32 PM  
Blogger Robin Freeman said...

Wow! Really, really great shot Micki!

5:38 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Oh man is this flower amazing enlarged on my PC! Your grasshopper looks different in your part of the world..I will post one soon that is green. P.S. we have a good supply in our gardens do you want some shipped your way! :)
Love the care you and the girls are giving the frogs!

11:11 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Incredible camouflage! I'm amazed you even saw this fella!

11:27 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Our grasshoppers look very different from yours. This shot looks great on my computer too. Nice rich colors and crisp white.

11:53 PM  
Blogger manju said...

Beautiful macro shot !

1:11 AM  
Anonymous anton said...

Great macro shot!

3:13 AM  
Blogger Svein-Frode said...

Lovely shot. Composition is superb.

3:38 AM  
Anonymous Christian said...

Lovely shot Micki. It's very difficult to have some details in dark and light zones. Without speaking about the yellow color for which the tone isn't easy to get the good one
Have a nice day Micki

4:13 AM  
Anonymous tuan said...

ooh marvellous. I like how all lines lead to the grasshopper. Great shot...as always.

5:09 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

For a person that really is not into macro & flower shots, everytime I veiw your take on them, you make me like them a little more and wonder if I should go out there and take a few more of these types of images myself :)

Now that for me means you are posting some wickedly excellent macros & flower shots. Keep up the brilliant work.

Suby

6:00 AM  
Anonymous mooch said...

I like the framing and the light but it does seem a tad soft on the old focus. I cannot see what is actually in focus. Great composition though. have you considered selling work micki

7:33 AM  
Anonymous david said...

amazing - i've never seen such a small grasshopper! great stuff!

8:01 AM  

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