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I was in the garden taking photos of the Autumn flowers and was stopped in my tracks and got a great photo of "Lunchtime in Tasmania".

I thought I would share it as I think they are so hard to find in and amongst the leaves.

If you have some of your own, let me know. Camera was a Nikon Coolpix 8700 on close up setting.

Regards

Gail

Brand:NIKON
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:18 Apr 2012 - 2:13 PM
Focal Length:18.8mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/5.3
Shutter Speed:1/77sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:50
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Break from Gardening
Username:GailK GailK
Uploaded:19 Apr 2012 - 11:03 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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arhab
arhab  243 forum posts Indonesia2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2012 - 4:45 PM

On thumbnail that insect i thought leaf Wink upload mod for you, cropping on top and bottom part to make it more focus to insect and the flower. I hope this work for you...

Rahman.

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pamelajean Critique Team 8685 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1530 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2012 - 9:16 PM

Hello, Gail, and welcome to EPZ.
This is a very good closeup capture of a Katydid Bush Cricket emulating a leaf (see here). Click on the word "here" to see a ink.
These crickets have long antennae which distinguishes them from the closely related grasshoppers even though they are sometimes called Long-horned grasshoppers.
Just like Rahman, I thought the insect was a leaf when I looked at the thumbnail of your picture. What amazing camouflage they have!

The stamens of the flower look sharper than the cricket, and so I wonder if you had your focus point in the wrong area. The best place to focus is on the head of the cricket. Of couse, it may just be that it was moving at the time of capture.
In your foreground you have an out-of-focus bud which I find distracting, and so have cropped that away in my modification, also cropping the 3 other sides. Without the large leaves and bud, I feel that the cricket is more discernible as an insect and doesn't look so much like a leaf because there aren't any other leaves close to it.
You did right to allow space in front of your subject, and it's good to capture it against the pink flower, otherwise it might have got lost against green.
In my modification I did a slight Levels adjustment and selected the top background, then blurred it, so that the background foliage wasn't a distraction to your subject. You can view modifications by clicking on the blue "Modifications" in the menu beneath your picture, then clock on the modification to enlarge it.
You should be pleased with this image overall, Gail, and I look forward to seeing more of your work.
Pamela.

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