Into The Light

Uploaded: September 16, 2004 08:13:59


aperture f 5.6, shutter 1/125, lens 70mm, location- my back yard. I tried the macro lens, but the grasshopper wouldn't let me get close enough. I also tried to get more DOF, so more of the grasshopper's body would be in focus.


Michael D. Vanden Berg September 16, 2004

I really like this shot. The composition is great. I saw one of these "leaf bugs" the other day, but I didn't have my camera with me. Leason learned, always carry your camera. #169414

Rob Friedman September 16, 2004

Wow--very cool shot Gunther! The colors, lighting and detail are outstanding! #784960

Gunther Allen level-classic September 16, 2004

Thanks Rob and Michael! When I saw this green guy on almost the same color of green leaf, I knew that I had to find a spot with dramatic lighing to make him stand out. As he started moving from the shadows into the light, I managed to catch him, and all the compositional elements fell into place. I doubt I could of staged it better! :-) #784997

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict September 16, 2004

Excellent image, Gunther, outstanding composition!!! #785091

Gunther Allen level-classic September 16, 2004

Thanks Deborah! #785100

Dan Holm level-classic September 16, 2004

Outstanding macro, Gunther!! Absolutely EXCELLENT!! #785383

Kathryn (Love) Scheet September 16, 2004

great capture Gunther! super detail too! #785389

Wendy Stevenson September 16, 2004

GREAT macro capture. Good luck with this excellent entry!! #785506

Gunther Allen level-classic September 16, 2004

Thank you Wendy, Kathryn, and Dan. I appreciate the encouragement and praise. I'm not too worried about the recognition, because I shoot for my own enjoyment. I do however try to increase my knowledge, awareness, and creativity. By seeing other's work, as well as going to as many art/photo exhibits as I can - I hope to get better as an artist. A quote by Ruth Berhardt seems to apply with what I tried to accomplish in this photo: "If you are not willing to see more than is visible...You won't see anything at all" I tried to look beyond taking a picture of an insect, and tried to focus on the composition and the element of light to make a basicly green on green photo come to life. #786008

Evy Johansen level-classic September 25, 2004

Wonderful image, Gunther! Many congratulatons on your POTD win! #803441

Charlene Bayerle September 25, 2004

Congratulations Gunther!!!!! Great job!!!!!! #803446

Kelly Abernathy level-classic September 25, 2004

Beautiful shot Gunther! Congratulations on your POTD! -K #803539

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict September 25, 2004

Congratulations, Gunther!

I'm so glad to see this photo again as a POTD, and hope to see it in future rounds. This is an amazing macro image with your green on green, exceptional claritiy and lighting, gorgeous curves and perfect DOF.

Best wishes,
Debby #803589

Allan L. Whitehead September 25, 2004

Congratulations on this "POTD", Gunther. It is very richly deserved, my friend - your friend, Allan

"It in't easy being green…" - Kermit 'the' frog… #803595

Leanne M.E. Boyd September 25, 2004

Congrats, Gunther! Fabulous shot! #803602

Donna L. Cuic September 25, 2004

Congrats on being chosen POTD Gunther. Its an awesome closeup. ~~Donna #803616

Dolores Neilson September 25, 2004

Gunther...I have tried countless ways of capturing a katydid image that was as dramatic as this!! Yours is by far superior! Congrats on your potd today!! If you are confused by the comments today, it is because Betterphoto now has a photo of the day. If you haven't signed up for it yet (find the link on the home page)!! I did yesterday (when I discovered it for the first time) and am delighted they have this daily mini contest! congrats again! #803621

Ed Heaton September 25, 2004

HI Gunther,
Great shot and congrats on POTD! #803631

Kristen McKain September 25, 2004

wow.. wonderful image. Congrats on your POTD! #803640

Rob Friedman September 25, 2004

Congrats Gunther! I remember how much this stood out to me when I first saw it and it still does. A very well deserved POTD! #803698

Cindy K. Bracken September 25, 2004

Wow! This is wonderful!

Cindy Bracken #803711

September 25, 2004

All I can say is WOW. Maybe someday I'll have the oppertunity to get that close. They keep flying away. GREAT JOB. #803754

Robert Mann level-classic September 25, 2004

Very cool shot, Gunther. The green is great, the shape of the insect parallel the leaf it is on and nice DOF fore and aft. Super. Congrats on your POTD! RoB #803813

Murry Grigsby September 25, 2004

...and to quote Kermit, "It's hard being green" :0) First of all great eye to see this camo bug Gunther! Nice image design, clarity and lighting!! Congrats on your POTD. #803841

Lisa Clark September 25, 2004

Amazing image! Congratulations on POTD! #803969

Paula Showen September 25, 2004

What an awesome shot, Gunther! Congratulations!!! #804014

Kathleen R. Struckle September 25, 2004

Grat shot Gunther!! Congrats on POTD!! #804107

Gunther Allen level-classic September 25, 2004

Thank you BetterPhoto, and everyone for the comments today! It really has made my Sunday! - Gunther #804126

Sara And Dick level-addict September 25, 2004

It's a miracle you even saw him - his camouflage is excellent! Great composition and design! Dick & Sara #804268

September 25, 2004

I Dig. #804689

Anita Taylor September 25, 2004

Wow! A terrfic image, Gunther! You really did a great job of capturing him well and getting the right lighting. #804823

Kevin Elliott September 26, 2004

Really good, technically a really difficult shot, combined with excellent composition.... I'm impressed! #805660

September 26, 2004

Loved this shot, Gunther. Went to view your other photos and had mixed feelings...they were so consistently beautiful that I felt that I would never be able to do such excellent work, but I was simultaneously motivated to get beyond my beginner status. Thanks for the detail info on settings and PS work -- very helpful to us newbies! #806206

Gunther Allen level-classic September 26, 2004

Thank you Linda! I'm glad that it was helpful. I am still learning by continuing to take classes, and also viewing people's work on betterphoto. I also have started a photo of the day web site that I hope photographers will use to exchange their talents, info, and tips for the begginers and the more experienced. #806212

September 26, 2004

Excellent! a job well done, please keep up the good work, love it

Vladimir Azarian September 27, 2004

Very good macro. Sorry, but the right part of the picture if I were you I would cut, because from my point of view that part a little bit distracts. With best wishes and good shots in future.
Vladimir #807073

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe September 27, 2004

Hi Gunther, this image is truly beautiful. Love the lighting, composition and clarity. Very well done and deserving of the photo of the day!! #808261

October 03, 2004

Great close up work !
Can't figure out which was used, a close up lens, macro, or extension tube!?
Nice !!

Laura Clay-Ballard January 17, 2006

I love all this green! super macro! and thanks for the congrats on my winning image at BP! :>) #2298268

lyn winans April 12, 2016

Hi Gunther .. beautiful ! Great seeing you again :) lyn #11460315

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