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9th June 2011, 11:00 AM
Fork-tailed Katydid nymph.
5DII 180 Macro f/16 ISO 200 1/160" MR-14ex handheld.
9th June 2011, 11:43 AM
Nice work, Jim. The composition is good, even the use of color is very nice. You can still probably darken the background a little bit for more contrast but that's just my personal preference. A bit noisy but probably this is a tight crop from the actual shot. I like it.
9th June 2011, 11:52 AM
Very nice jim. Great colors in this one. Is that the canon 180?
9th June 2011, 12:33 PM
Willie,thanks for the critique.
9th June 2011, 12:35 PM
9th June 2011, 12:37 PM
Apologies, Jim. I think it's not noise that I am seeing in the flower areas but the actual texture itself. It's hard to look at images using only one eye (I still have the infection on my right eye).
Originally Posted by Jim B.
9th June 2011, 12:47 PM
No problem.You had me looking though.
Didn't know you had an eye infection.Hoping you heal quickly.
9th June 2011, 01:40 PM
Beautiful colors in the Nymph, Jim. Because I rarely get to see insects up close (other than on CiC), I am amazed by the color, texture, and patterns on some of the subjects. I'm never quite sure if that is how they actually look or has some artistic license been employed. I gotta get me one of those Nymphs to play with! How big is a nymph? Is there any chance of getting a shot that close without a macro lens?
9th June 2011, 02:10 PM
The is exactly how the nymph looks. I got to work with one last week, and it really was fun. Jim was actually the one who identified it for me as I thought it was some species of cricket.
The one I found was maybe 7-10mm in length (excluding antennae), so pretty tiny. The one I had was very calm and I was actually able to gently pick it up and relocate it a couple times without it freaking out - it just walked onto and off of my hand with little coaxing. Much more agreeable than the adult katydids which are notoriously nasty.
Probably unlikely to get a shot that close without a macro. The two shots I shared on my thread were taken at minimum focusing distance of my 100mm macro (0.29m) and so are 1:1 magnification (and the first one was cropped pretty heavily by chopping off the two sides to create a vertical format from a horizontal shot). From the looks of it, if Jim's specimen is the same general size as the one I had, his is also at the 1:1 size. With another non-macro lens, you're likely to get magnification rations closers to something like 1:3 or higher, so figure it would reduce the size of the nymph drastically.
Great shot, Jim! (and thanks again for the ID)