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Katydid (cricket)

August 10, 2009
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Per chance spotted this insect on one of the nearby branches of a large bush.

According to a search on Wikipedia, it seems to be some sort of katydid, also called long-horned grasshopper or bush-cricket, though that assessment could be off.

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Fairly certain it wasn’t a regular grasshopper since it had tremendously long, thin antennae.

It was carefully walking on the branch and over large leaves until it started feeding on some of the small flowers on the branch. Went and grabbed my Canon 450D to snap some photos of it.

Amazing when you look at nature through a lens that way, can see things that you would usually never pay attention to.

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Shot all of the photos freehand using the EF 100mm f/2.8 macro USM lens on my 450D, great lens with fast focusing thanks to the ultrasonic motor, though here took turns between auto-focus and manually focusing.

It was challenging to get sharp results as I couldn’t get a stable pose to reach over the branch in a good angle and the katydid was usually on the move.

There was no wind, a definite plus, but it was also rather overcast, so didn’t get any real bright rays of sunlight, so automatically had longer exposure time in the Av (aperture priority) mode.

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These aren’t the best photo results possible, but was too good an opportunity to miss out and any photo taken is experience gained.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2009 8:41 pm

    I love using the 100mm to take pictures of insects. Too bad most bugs aren’t willing to stay still and pose for the camera xD

  2. August 11, 2009 6:13 am

    still great shots of this lil bugger, awesome exposure and colours

  3. August 11, 2009 6:40 am

    Must say, the more photos you take, the better you get w/ that lens :p

    Btw, keep in mind, at times, levels and curves can replace sunlight 😉

  4. August 11, 2009 7:28 am

    @Anony
    Yes, they’re usually not very willing models. XD
    @Jamaipanese
    Thanks. It’s interesting how the colors are slightly different in the middle shot, most likely because everything in it is green without any white or other colors.
    @Michael
    Practice makes perfect they say. Didn’t feel like touching these up, they were spontaneous shots anyway.

  5. August 16, 2009 3:14 am

    Awesome shots of that little bugger!Those are the times when I wish for a DSLR

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