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    Artistic Bug Macro (part 2): Cricket on Grass

    Well - I'm still going to try for that more appealing bug macro shot. Today's subject is a strange cricket I found in my yard last night. I spent about 35 minutes working with this little guy, and ended up laying in the grass to get this shot. When I saw it in that classic tree frog pose, I figured - hey if it works for frogs, maybe it'll work for a cricket and fired the shot off.

    The original shot came out as a vertical (because I was laying in the grass holding the camera at a weird angle) with the cricket facing down. I rotated 90 degrees CW and then recropped to produce a vertical shot again. The crop was done to produce two effects - first, the bright blade of grass in the background actually came from the top left and ended inside the frame towards the bottom right, so cropping removed that anomaly, and it also moved the cricket away from the center of the shot and placed his antennae and head on a third line.

    Artistic Bug Macro (part 2): Cricket on Grass

    C&C is greatly appreciated. As is any identification if you're able to (I *really* need to get some better ID books). Thanks for viewing.

    - Bill

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    Re: Artistic Bug Macro (part 2): Cricket on Grass

    Nice capture.I like the composition,detail and the lighting.It's a Katydid Nymph.

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    Re: Artistic Bug Macro (part 2): Cricket on Grass

    This little fella really make me laugh )
    Good image, I can hear him : So ...do you expect me to sing ?

    Leo

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    Re: Artistic Bug Macro (part 2): Cricket on Grass

    Jim - thanks for the comment and the ID. I guess I wasn't ever going to find it looking through cricket species....

    Leo - glad I could brighten someone's day a bit.

    - Bill

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    Re: Artistic Bug Macro (part 2): Cricket on Grass

    Bill,

    I use the Audubon Society Field guides for most of my bug IDs,but I also use this site:
    http://bugguide.net/node/view/163864

    Jim

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    Re: Artistic Bug Macro (part 2): Cricket on Grass

    Hi Bill, nice use of angles! I just wish the antenna could have been in focus but that is not an easy task and all the important parts are in focus. Good shot!

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    Re: Artistic Bug Macro (part 2): Cricket on Grass

    Jim - thanks for the pointers for ID help.

    Frank - yeah, those are some long antennae, and at that working distance, it is really hard to get that much in focus. In the shot above, I had actually dropped down to f/11 to blur the background grass a bit more too.

    Here's another with the antennae a bit more in focus...

    I like call this one "The Thinker" - if the first one made Leo laugh, this one probably will too.
    Artistic Bug Macro (part 2): Cricket on Grass

    Thanks for viewing.

    - Bill

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