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Insect chameleon

No problem when you find yourself in a hostile environment, if you are a skilled chameleon; just wave the magic wand and you are quickly covered with a magic cloak.

Insect chameleon

No problem when you find yourself in a hostile environment, if you are a skilled chameleon; just wave the magic wand and you are quickly covered with a magic cloak.

comments (13)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 10 Mar 2008, 01:26
OMG, Ray! This looks like a prehistoric relic! No wonder there's no color (even if you told me it IS in color and not converted!). This is a Likey for me!
Ray: You are very kind, Ginnie.
I would not be surprised if someone claimed grasshoppers were hopping about the grass in the times of TRex. Its chameleon-effect is very powerful...they can change colour and texture of their surface.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 10 Mar 2008, 05:03
This is fabulous, Ray...the colors are so delicate, you were at quite a distance , so sharp, I am very impressed here, I keep on looking at those stunning details, a joy for the eye Ray, a nice way to start my day!!
Ray: Thanks, Astrid.
The downside of shooting "macros" with a 400mm lens is some softness of focus, and a little drop-off in detail.
The upside is that you give the insects 2 metres of safe-zone, so they are not nearly so anxious to be elsewhere.

I am sure the purists think I am a crazy person [I am!], but I believe sometimes this situation is optimal.

I am glad you like the picture.
Perfect camoflauge but he didn't escape YOU!
Ray: My last two years of interest in photography seems to have sharpened my eyes a great deal, Mary...not much can escape me now.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Mar 2008, 06:34
Excellent picture - it has eyes like turrets smile

Must be quite a delicacy over there.
Ray: yes...grasshoppers are much snacked on in up-country Thailand.

[Note to Ray: shoot a picture of a Thai snack-cart for Louis.]
  • Shakara
  • City of London
  • 10 Mar 2008, 07:37
Fantastic !!
Ray: Too kind, Shakara.
This is just superb Ray. Your magical eye stroke again!
Ray: I really liked the fact that I caught this grasshopper on mud at the edge of a pond, and that it has changed colour so well to fit its surroundings. Also tried a side-on shot, just for a change, to try to capture the whole length of its body and wings.
Thank you for your kind comment, Richard.
How did you even find this bugger? Very nice detail, Ray!
Ray: I seem to have become a bit macro-focussed, in sympathy with the camera, Martin. I seem to be seeing a lot more things like this, now.
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 10 Mar 2008, 18:31
like the detail and really like its colour...
Ray: Yeh...I liked the colour...sort of rich sepia, without photoshop.
The detail is a bit soft...400mm lenses are not perfect for macros, although they will do if there is nothing else in your pocket at the time. [grin]
  • Roz Sears
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Mar 2008, 21:46
Your eyesight must be great to have spotted this insect! Fantastic capture, with such detail. (:o)
Ray: I think photography has helped my eyesight in the last year or so, Roz.
Impressive Insect, very nice nature shot wich can be sold to National Geographic !
Ray: Ha Ha! you are too kind, Zebigleb.
  • Ellie
  • south coast UK in the rain
  • 10 Mar 2008, 22:41
Ok, I'm trying to work this out - it looks as if somebody's already eaten the lower part of its back legs!
Remarkably shallow focus Ray, any more depth and it would have completely disappeared into the background. Looks a bit like a locust - the ones that excaped into the lab when I was at school! Not me, but I knew who it was.
Ray: Ha Ha! The lower segments of the bigger hopper legs are there [you can only see the end of one] but they tuck in between the "thigh" and the body.
You must take that secret about the "Great Locust Breakout" to your grave, Eleanor.
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 11 Mar 2008, 01:35
Wow this little guy blends in - if not for the soft focus behind him, I bet he'd be hard to see. Which leads to the question... how did you find him?
Ray: Not much escapes my probing eyes these days, Jewlya...sometimes, though, the ancient grey matter does a poor job of interpreting the image sent to it. [grin]

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