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Tue Sep 1, 2020, 12:59 PM

Finally caught that green grass hopper.



This guy was one real challenge! When I chill bugs in the refrigerator they usually warm up slowly and give me a chance to pose them by moving their feet and straightening antenna and such. When they first come out of the fridge they're usually comatose and look dead. They have to warm up enough to get control of their feet/legs before they make interesting pictures. Not this guy. As soon as he gained consciousness he started moving. Not fast but constantly. Soon after his jumping legs activated and he landed 6' away, still too cold to move quickly but quick enough to make a chase around the living room!

He's about 2" long, so 6' is 36 times his body length. How'd you like to be able to jump 200' at a time?

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Reply Finally caught that green grass hopper. (Original post)
flamin lib Sep 1 OP
Atticus Sep 1 #1
flamin lib Sep 1 #3
Atticus Sep 1 #5
HAB911 Sep 1 #8
alfredo Sep 1 #2
flamin lib Sep 1 #4
CaliforniaPeggy Sep 1 #6
flamin lib Sep 1 #7
MichaelSoE Sep 1 #9
flamin lib Sep 1 #10
mike_c Sep 3 #11
flamin lib Sep 4 #12
GatoMoteado Oct 3 #13
flamin lib Oct 3 #14

Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Tue Sep 1, 2020, 01:06 PM

1. I admire your talent. That photo is fantastic. nt

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Response to Atticus (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 1, 2020, 01:12 PM

3. Thank you.

Sometimes it takes tenacity. I probably cycled him through the refrigerator 5 times and made close to 100 exposures to get 3 keepers. Part of the difficulty was self imposed as I was using focus stacking--5 exposures at slightly different focal points and them combined. Any motion between exposures results in 'ghosting".

The rest of it is simple technique and craft that anyone can figure out.

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Response to flamin lib (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 1, 2020, 01:19 PM

5. "The rest of it is simple technique and craft that anyone can figure out". Your talent is

exceeded only by your modesty.

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Response to flamin lib (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 1, 2020, 05:27 PM

8. My first impression was, WOW what DOF

excellent technique! excellent results!

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Tue Sep 1, 2020, 01:10 PM

2. That is beautiful

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Response to alfredo (Reply #2)

Tue Sep 1, 2020, 01:13 PM

4. thanks! nt

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Tue Sep 1, 2020, 02:40 PM

6. Your tenacity is exceeded only by your amazing abilities, my dear flamin lib!

This is gorgeous. Really beautiful, right down to the corn husk.

Thanks for sharing!



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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #6)

Tue Sep 1, 2020, 05:12 PM

7. It makes me happy that you, and others, enjoy my pictures.

I am a fairly good technician but there are so many others here with true creativity.

There is nothing I do that can't be taught in a few hours.

That said, don't stop the wonderful compliments

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Tue Sep 1, 2020, 07:30 PM

9. Kudos

Just a gear question ... Are you shooting an M1 or an M5?? I have an M10 but it 's focus stacking ability is really limited. Only 3 frames and you get to choose wide or close.

They need to upgrade the software so you focus your near. then far , then pick how many frames you want to shoot.

Next time you get to talk with on Oly rep, offer that suggestion.

Also ... love the catch light

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Response to MichaelSoE (Reply #9)

Tue Sep 1, 2020, 07:57 PM

10. This was shot with the 1 mkii. I also shoot a 5 mkii.

The 5 mkii stacks a preset 7 exposures but you can change the focus range. The 1 mkii up to 15. Both will focus bracket for later combining in post up to 99 exposures.

BTW the 5 mkii is on sale body only for $550.

If I have the chance I'll pass on your idea, it's great!

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Thu Sep 3, 2020, 11:53 PM

11. Wow!

That is awesome!

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Response to mike_c (Reply #11)

Fri Sep 4, 2020, 12:11 AM

12. There is a tell tale that he has been refrigerated.

If you note the middle leg on the near side, the only middle leg visible, you'll see the 'toes' are pointed up a bit. It sorta looks like that one foot is resting on it's 'heel' with the 'toes' up in the air. That doesn't happen in the wild, they have sharp claws on the very ends of their feet that lock into whatever they sit on. Had I noticed and had I the time and had he put up with it I MIGHT have been able to use a toothpick to push the 'toes' down.

There was a saying in my sales days that summed it all up, "Sometimes you just have to shoot the engineer and go into production." That's kinda what happens when I get involved in controlling every aspect of a shoot.

The plains Indians, particularly the Arapaho, believed that mortal man cannot create a perfect thing unless evil spirits are helping. So every creation, be it pot or blanket, has a flaw to allow the spirits to escape. Thankfully, there are no evil spirits in any of my images

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Sat Oct 3, 2020, 11:06 PM

13. nice shot!

were you using the olympus 60mm f/2.8 macro? i shoot nikon, sony and lumix and that olympus macro lens is one of my favorite all time lenses.

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Response to GatoMoteado (Reply #13)

Sat Oct 3, 2020, 11:14 PM

14. Yes, that's the go-to for any close in work.

I have also used the 12-100 with a 14mm extension tube out in 'the wild' as it gives a lot of flexibility on cropping.

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