Macro image of a 2.2 cm-long locust insect. Hand-held, exp 1/100sec@f4.5, ISO 100. Camera Panasonic FZ-18 macro setting, spot focus. Open shade lighting. Suject’s head approximately 1.5 cm from front of lens. Imaged at Mango Hill, Brisbane, Queensland.

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nature, macro, colours, insect, locust


  • MichelleLegg
    MichelleLeggover 5 years ago

    What a great shot and I love the contrasting colours between the green grass hopper and the orange flower! Lovely work Steve.

  • Hi Michelle, Thanks for your comment….I couldn’t believe just how motionless it was, even with the lens almost touching it. Regards, Steve

    – stevealder

  • Spencer Trickett
    Spencer Trickettover 5 years ago

    wonderful detail Steve -your close up work is great. (or is this a 5ft long grass hopper?)

  • Hi Spencer, Thanks for your comment and I’m glad you like these. Unless my measuring stick is grossly wrong, I can assure that this locust is 210 mm long. Regards, Steve

    – stevealder

  • Rosina  Lamberti
    Rosina Lambertiover 5 years ago

    Beautiful image.

  • Hi Rosina, Thanks for your comment…I appreciate that. Regards, Steve

    – stevealder

  • Kathryn Potempski
    Kathryn Potempskiover 5 years ago

    magic shot, a real stunner congrats.

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 5 years ago

    wow, excellent shot.

  • Hi bubbleblue, Thanks again for your comment. The contrasting colours certainly add a bit of “oomf”. Regards, Steve

    – stevealder

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks lorilee. Regards, Steve

    – stevealder

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 5 years ago

    This is a stunning capture, excellent work,

  • Thanks for your comment Ann, and glad you like it. Regards, Steve

    – stevealder

  • Anna Goodchild
    Anna Goodchildover 3 years ago

    you certainly pic great subjects – super colours & dof

  • Thanks for your comment Anna – Regards, Steve

    – stevealder

  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...over 3 years ago

    Awesome macro Steve and gorgeous model i love it!

  • Thanks Edyta and I’m glad you like this one. Regards, Steve

    – stevealder

  • chloemay
    chloemayover 3 years ago

    great image Steve…loving the two colours very bold and beautiful

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