GRASSHOPPERS AND THORNS

On the 11th of September 2010, I spent some time around some iconic plants that grow on the dry and sunny terrain near the sea ...

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... busy photographing the young grasshoppers that were well hidden among the thorns.

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This is a relatively big, well-developed nymph ...

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... of the Anacridium aegyptium grasshopper ...

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... the main and only insect protagonist of this post.

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I photographed two young Anacridium aegyptium individuals on that occasion.

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One of them was surrounded by juicy yellow flowers on the Scolymus hispanicus thistle ...

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... the other was hiding among the long, annoying thorns ...

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... of the Xanthium spinosum plant.

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I had three good pieces of equipment at my disposal back then.

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The Canon EOS 350D camera ...

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... Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens ...

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... and the Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX flash ...

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... so I was able to take plenty of similar photographs ...

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... lit in a slightly different way ...

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... photographs in which the Anacridium aegyptium nymphs were caught in a few different poses.

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Here, the grasshopper is cleaning its eye.

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In this pose, you can take a good look at the insect's strong hindleg.

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While the adult grasshoppers all look the same ...

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... the Anacridium aegyptium nymphs come in quite a few colors.

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You'll see only the green version in this post ...

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... but four days ago I published a post in which you can see the brown variation. Here is the link :
https://ecency.com/hive-119845/@borjan/portraits-on-the-lichen-covered
You can see the Anacridium aegyptium o the opening photograph of that post.

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Another interesting variation was included in one of the older posts, published a month ago. In that post the photo is somewhere in the middle of a pretty long story, so I took the picture and I'm about to publish it here again.

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This is the third version. The photograph was taken in August of 2021.

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Early this morning, when I started preparing the old shots from 2010 ...

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... I couldn't resist the temptation to play a bit with some options in Photoshop ...

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... so these two deviant images also ended up in the post.

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AND THAT'S IT.

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AS ALWAYS IN THESE POSTS ON HIVE, THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE MY WORK - THE END.



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This capture of the grasshopper is really nice do you go close in taking them or you zoom them from far

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I go close to them.

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Wow it's really nice and keep up the good work

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you are very good at taking pictures of grasshoppers crawling on flowers even though animals like this are very difficult to photograph and the grasshopper photography is very good I really like it. thank you for sharing with us have a bright day.👍👍👍🙂🙂

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Very nice photos my friend @borjan. I like the green color of the grasshoppers. Thanks for sharing nice pictures.

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Impressed by your gear! Did you buy on Hive earnings or invested ahead?

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I didn't have HIVE or anything similar in mind back then when these photographs were taken. I don't have that equipment anymore. The camera is broken, and the other stuff mentioned in the posts was sold years ago. Now I have cheaper, less professional but more versatile and easy to use equipment. The stuff I use today was bought a year and a half ago with blogging in mind. In that, I invested ahead, and is paying me pretty well. Didn't turn any HIVE into dollars yet, but is great to see that the value is there.

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I am very impressed; I posess myself 350D, and in 2019 tried it for the 1st time with dedicated macro Tamron 60mm. (With exception that I did not use flash). My results simply doesnt rank to those photos you posted.. Splendid depth of field. Such result is still unreachable for me, with my current solution (5D + dedicated Sigma 150mm macro).

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I remember that it took me plenty of time and practice to get a good shot with macro equipment back then. The flash helped a lot on many occasions, with it I was able to shoot with high shutter speed, freeze the movement and follow the action while photographing the insects.

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freeze the movement

uh, probably thats the key. it is not sufficient deep of field but a freezed sharp movement?.. I should adjust my practice, but ... I just love so much to keep things simple... eheh. 🤸
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Wow. These are absolutely beautiful shots of this beautiful grasshopper.

Looks like the grasshopper was posing for you.

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it's amazing they are locusts that we can see clearly.

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