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Fri Sep 11, 2020, 07:16 PM

Yet another grasshopper.



What can I say, it's Texas and it's Summer.

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Reply Yet another grasshopper. (Original post)
flamin lib Sep 11 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Sep 11 #1
flamin lib Sep 11 #3
Ohiogal Sep 11 #2
flamin lib Sep 11 #4
Cracklin Charlie Sep 11 #5
flamin lib Sep 11 #6
Cracklin Charlie Sep 11 #7
flamin lib Sep 11 #8
Cracklin Charlie Sep 11 #9
flamin lib Sep 11 #10
MichaelSoE Sep 12 #11
flamin lib Sep 12 #12
Callalily Sep 12 #13

Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 07:19 PM

1. Wow, my dear flamin lib!

This is a remarkable photo. Stunning, in fact.

Did you pose your chilled grasshopper, or is this how you found him/her?

And what is the fruit?

Whatever you did, and whatever that is, it's amazing.



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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 07:29 PM

3. Ah Peg, you know me well.

Yes he is chilled and yes I did pose him in my table top studio. As for the fruit, I dunno. It was something growing by the side of the road. The deer didn't eat it so I suspect it is possibly poison or at the very least most noxious.

This is the fourth 'hopper. The first was yellow and rather elegant if a bug can be elegant. The second was decidedly military in his dessert camo. Then came the emerald one with brown accents. Now this one with brown on brown and yellow under pinnings.

Like I said, it's Texas and it's summer. Lots'a bugs. Listening to the Cicada now as the sun sets.

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 07:23 PM

2. Yes, what is that fruit??

Great job!

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 07:32 PM

4. I have no clue. It was growing by the road and I found it walking my dog.

All I know is it has thorns like a rose and the deer didn't eat it so it must be poison or evil tasting. Possibly both.

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 07:54 PM

5. Can't stand those freaky little beasts.

But thatís a cool photograph.

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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 07:57 PM

6. Thank you. The whole point of photography is to appeal to somebody other than another

bug lover. Or flower lover. Or sunset lover. Or . . .

Present the everyday as extraordinary.

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Response to flamin lib (Reply #6)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 08:10 PM

7. Your welcome!

Last time I took a picture of a wild critter on my back porch, that six foot black snake chased me back inside the house. Iím done.

Can I ask a question? How do you get that grasshopper to sit in front of the black background? It really shows off his colors.

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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #7)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 08:54 PM

8. It's kinda easy. A bit tedious sometimes, but easy.

First I set up the 'studio' with the props so I can set the lights. The studio is a box with the front, top and one side cut away and painted black or draped in black velvet.

Then I put the insect/lizard/snake in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes. This slows down the cold blooded critter's metabolism. If you have an SO I highly recommend that you alert them to the snake in the 'fridge, it decreases the drama in your life.

Once the critter is sedated I place them where I want them and use toothpicks or chopsticks to move their legs and pose them. You've only got 3 minutes max to make your shots, after that they warm up and flee the scene. I've had to cycle a 'hopper through the cool down sequence as many as 5 times to get a shot I was happy with. It doesn't hurt them as the fridge is usually set to 40f which isn't deadly unless you forget and leave them in overnight

If you want a more detailed explanation of the 'studio' or the lighting pm me. I enjoy sharing information about how I do things.



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Response to flamin lib (Reply #8)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 09:17 PM

9. I'm gonna stick with my method.

Run!

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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #9)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 09:45 PM

10. 😆 whatever works !!

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Sat Sep 12, 2020, 03:18 AM

11. Now that is one fine lookin' hopper

and a fine photo

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Response to MichaelSoE (Reply #11)

Sat Sep 12, 2020, 06:20 AM

12. Thank you. nt

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Sat Sep 12, 2020, 07:20 AM

13. Excellent photo!

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