08.09.2022 HIde and Seek

Grasshoppers, for the most part, try to hide from you when you’re attempting to make a photograph. Much of the time they just launch themselves somewhere else but, if you are lucky, they sidle around the grass stalk.

I focused on the stalk and then, with remote cable in hand, moved around to the side and the hopper obligingly came into the frame and got captured.

Red-legged Grasshopper- Melanoplus femurrubrum

5D Mark IV, 180 macro+2.0 teleconverter, tripod, circular polarizer.  I like the color combination on this common grasshopper.  They seem to be the ones I see more often than not although yesterday I did see one other as well as some katydids.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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26 Responses to 08.09.2022 HIde and Seek

  1. Gallivanta says:

    The colour combination is indeed lovely.

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  2. I find the bluish shades attractive.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    I’m always quite taken with the tiny details on these creatures, like this one’s striped antennae. I grinned at the scientific species name, too. Apparently the color always has attracted attention.

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    • On a grasshopper those legs sure do attract attention and the species name certainly is appropriate. But that name always reminds me of this, for some reason. I too like the striped antennae and some mosths have similar as well.


  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Love the details, Steve. It is shots like this that make me appreciate insects so much more than I ever did. I saw one in the yard the other day as it flew away from my passing. I used to see so many years ago and the past couple years their numbers have been way down. Either the birds are getting them young, or they are declining. I hope it is the latter.

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  5. susurrus says:

    Gosh, you’ve captured a rainbow of colours here. What a wonderful, yet subtle image.

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  6. Peter Klopp says:

    Congratulations, Steve! Such close-ups of grasshoppers are rare. The details are astounding.

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    • The combination of the 180 and the 2.0 teleconverter gives me 360mm which keeps me somewhat distant from my subject. If I used only the 180 it might have launched itself away but just tried hiding. Thanks, Peter!

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  7. Wally Jones says:

    Outstanding photograph!
    Congratulations on outthinking a grasshopper. (I’m jealous I didn’t think of it.)


    Love the contrast provided by the leg color.

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    • Thanks, Wally! The grasshoppers over the years have taught me well. The use of 360mm kept it from leaving the scene and just trying to be invisible. Most grasshoppers here, we have no lubbers, are not terribly colorful. Even the flying species are mostly earth colors on their wings.


  8. Dave Ply says:

    Sneaky. (And well done!)

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  9. Great Grasshopper image Steve! Wonderful detail!

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  10. WOWZA, I love this, look at all those colors!! Fantastic, Steve!!

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  11. It’s nice to see so many details, including the red legs.

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  12. Todd Henson says:

    Nice technique with the remote and using your movement to coax it into a great position. Just goes to show you get better photos when you know your subject. 🙂

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  13. Very nice phot and the colors came out well. Beautiful bug.

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