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Grumpy Grasshopper



This grasshopper seems so grumpy (probably because I decided it would be a perfect model)!

This grasshopper seems so grumpy (probably because I decided it would be a perfect model)!
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8 Comments | Report
iceman2
 
iceman2 September 23, 2013
Excellent focus in this wonderful shot.Welcome to VB!
GalpinPhotos
GalpinPhotos September 23, 2013
Thank you!
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 September 26, 2013
Awesome capture! Great detail - perfect!
GalpinPhotos
GalpinPhotos September 26, 2013
Thank you so much!
MGNasser
 
MGNasser October 29, 2013
Great shot, as an entomologist, I like this kind of photo !! well done
GalpinPhotos
GalpinPhotos February 20, 2014
Thanks!
Docbombay
 
Docbombay January 27, 2014
Great capture...nicely done
GalpinPhotos
GalpinPhotos February 20, 2014
Thank you!
traceprinslooreppin
 
traceprinslooreppin June 17, 2014
...congrats on your Award, top shot :-)
Bannekh
 
Bannekh June 18, 2014
Nice shot
texaaronpueschel PRO+
 
texaaronpueschel August 31, 2015
Black background brings out the image. There is such intricate color work. Excellent.
IanB PRO
 
IanB June 08, 2016
Fabulous detail against the black background. Great shot!

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo right in my backyard in Washington, New Hampshire.
Time
I shot this image at 9pm in early September. I had just gotten my lighting equipment set up in my new apartment, and was feeling the need to take some shots with my friend. Luckily, I didn't have to go too far!
Lighting
I had never really taken pictures of insects before and the only lighting I had at the time was my very inexpensive, and simple soft box. Even though it was inexpensive and simple, it did a nice job highlighting all the grasshopper's tiny details. I will note that having my soft box outside attracted a lot of unwanted attention from moths!
Equipment
I shot this with my Canon 5D Mark II and my favorite 50mm lens. The only other equipment was my small soft box.
Inspiration
I find myself often taking pictures of things that either scare me, or are really intriguing. Well, this grasshopper was sitting right on my front step and I am both terrified, and intrigued by them! When I first saw the grasshopper, I noticed that one of his legs had been missing, so I knew it wouldn't be able to jump at my face. I had to have my fiancé hold the stick up while I quickly took some shots. The grasshopper didn't budge the whole time!
Editing
The only thing I did to to this image was increase the contrast to bring out the small details.
In my camera bag
I always have my Canon 50mm lens with me because I love all the images I produce with it. I will also carry my Canon 24-70mm lens because it's so versatile and I really enjoy using it for portraiture. I have extra memory cards, batteries, a charger, a small cleaning cloth, Photomaster flash, a Sekonic light meter, and various other things. Lastly is my camera, the Canon 5D Mark II.
Feedback
Try to look in flowers, bushes, trees, and the dirt to find the most interesting looking insect. Keep the weather in mind when looking because that will impact what kinds of bugs are out. Use a macro lens, a nice light source, and don't be afraid to take pictures of what scares you because that might end up being your best image!

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