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Hopper
Hopper
Jacko


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Challenge: Negative Space II (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Grand Ffalls, NB
Date: Aug 16, 2003
Aperture: F3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/180
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Aug 16, 2003

On my kitchen floor. Grass hoppers are wonderfull because they just sit there and look at you. I was able to shoot over 40 shots without him moving. The only problem was my cat that wanted to pounce on him. This is one of those shots that turned out exactly the way I had imagined. woo hoo.

To the ones who will say "should have used an off centre composition": I disagree. I felt this shot asked for a centered composition horizontaly. Gives it a nice static look, ie. bug staring at you.

Simga 105mm F2.8 EX Macro lens.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 141
Avg (all users): 6.9236
Avg (commenters): 8.4643
Avg (participants): 6.8737
Avg (non-participants): 7.0204
Views since voting: 2788
Votes: 144
Comments: 37
Favorites: 7 (view)


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09/05/2003 05:00:20 PM
Excellent! Well seen, well done. Very graphic and sharp.
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08/25/2003 02:51:55 PM
Dude, this is awesome. Your NB hoppers are way better looking than the Prairie ones out here in AB. I love this picture. Too bad there were a number of great entries in this one. You always seem to do your best work at the same time as everyone else...Purple looks good on you though.

Pedro
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08/25/2003 12:48:10 PM
Well done Jacko, you certainly know how to make your bugs jump (pun intended) off the screen.
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08/25/2003 08:32:12 AM
Thanks for the nice comments.

Thanks Mag. This is my fourth Purple Ribbon (5th place); it will go nice with my five Green Ribbons (4th place). lol.
08/25/2003 07:41:42 AM
happy purple ribbons, my man
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08/25/2003 12:57:20 AM
Very cool photo, Jacko! Congrats...

Renee
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/24/2003 11:46:01 PM
Great and funny shot. He is laughing at me :-)) Good negative space around him. Nice macro. Looks something like from the movie "bug's life".
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08/24/2003 10:44:22 PM
Cute, little buddy.
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08/24/2003 09:32:18 PM
Good concept but a very shallow DOF. My preference in this picture would have been to have a consistent color for the negative space instead of fading from the bright, reflective white to almost black at the top. - 5
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08/24/2003 09:04:35 PM
How'd you get him to cooperate so well? This is a nice image, though it's a pity that most of the 'hopper is out of focus - it's visually distracting and hard to say whether that's a positive or a negative space.
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08/24/2003 08:34:42 PM
Great photo!!!

The focus er very neat!
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08/24/2003 06:03:11 PM
wow, this must win a ribbon, it is awesome!
I love the colors on the hopper, congrats!

like the background gradient, and your control over DOF...

good luck dude.
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08/24/2003 11:58:37 AM
One of the shots of the week, IMO. I like the focal point, it really makes the grasshopper very much "other worldly". You can almost imagine the out of focus legs are not part of it. I might have gone for a little stronger colours in the negative space, though.
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08/24/2003 08:49:53 AM
Nicely shot subject, good DOF... though maybe a bit too shallow. I really like the way you've created the gradient colour background, it works very well here.
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08/24/2003 03:02:20 AM
I keep going back to this all week and I would be suprised if this don't get a ribbon . it is amazing 10/10, love the colour and focus, compostion .. wow
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08/23/2003 01:07:49 AM
great macro, though I can't say that I think he's defined by his negative space! I like the blank space in the shot though, it does bring attention to your subject.
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08/23/2003 01:01:38 AM
Impressive use of depth of field! And lots of patience with the grasshopper, too!
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08/22/2003 04:55:24 AM
Fantastic shot!
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08/21/2003 12:30:06 AM
Wonderful shot, and great colors!! Very creative!! 9
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08/20/2003 11:03:29 PM
I love it!
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08/20/2003 04:29:23 PM
This is absolutely wonderful... GREAT macro, it looks like the little guy is looking right at the camera. Gorgeous job here. Solid -10-
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08/20/2003 03:31:08 PM
This is a wonderful shot and it fits the challenge very well. I love the shades of the negative space. He looks like he was posing for you :) 9
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08/20/2003 10:17:30 AM
Excellent image, but negative space should have a purpose. This is negative space for the sake of the challenge.
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08/19/2003 09:51:20 PM
Wonderful Shot! My favorite of all!
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08/19/2003 06:04:23 PM
Well you have made an insect (usually yucky creatures IMO) somehow seem 'cute', well done.
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08/19/2003 05:55:43 PM
wonderful and such a joyous/jovial bug charging out of his space
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08/19/2003 12:19:01 PM
Nice of you to give him so much room to jump. 9.
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08/19/2003 08:59:06 AM
Great character shot, nicely lit, great background. I love the head-on composition. 10
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08/19/2003 04:11:14 AM
One of my favourites this week, awesome shot! (10)
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08/19/2003 02:39:54 AM
10. I love this little guy. The antennas make this image what it is and also aid in making the negative space more interesting. I hope others can appreciate the negative space in this shot as well. Good luck in the challenge.
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08/19/2003 01:16:00 AM
Awesome. Worthy of a ribbon. The only nitpick is that the white balance seems a bit off, but minor. 10.
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08/18/2003 01:19:23 PM
Excellent shot. I love the expression on his face. I think he wants to eat you! lol
the dof is awesome. I like the graduated color of the negative space. 10
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08/18/2003 12:47:09 PM
this is a wow for me..the colors and negative space work well..the border completes it.(10)
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08/18/2003 11:33:05 AM
A perfect 10. GREAT DOF and use of negative space.
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08/18/2003 08:23:34 AM
I liked this as a thumbnail which is why I opened it up larger to comment on it (I can't vote). I was a little disappointed that the grasshopper's body is not in focus, but I suppose that's either intentional or unavoidable given his...er...pose (do grasshoppers pose? LOL). Anyway, I love his placement on the page, the way he is looking straight on into the camera, the soft reflection underneath him and definitely your use of negative space. Cool picture. Thanks.
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08/18/2003 06:53:32 AM
This good use of a shallow DoF and the graduation to green nicely adds to the negative space
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08/18/2003 12:35:09 AM
My favorite bug picture in this challenge so far! It's quite a feat to give so much personality to someone so small. Nice job. :)
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