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acerola



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 1:52 pm    Post subject: Big Black Carpenter Ant Reply with quote

I posted earlier another picture from this ant. The color is different here (mainly post processing difference). So is the lens. I managed to change the canon 100mm macro + 55mm reversed lens gear to the reversed kit lens (Canon 18-55mm). I makes a totally different picture.


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Ken Ramos



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like this! Very Happy The ant really looks aggressive and you have some great color and details in there too. Very Happy
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Michigan Michael



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful capture and what a great pose!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

excellent photograph, perfect lighting, the lichen in the forground really adds to the photograph.

i really like this, thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice, Péter! The orange and grey of the lichen and the dark Camponotus look great together.
It always amazes me what you can achieve with the kit lens reversed. I think I have to get me such a reverse adapter.

Ken wrote:
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The ant really looks aggressive


Hmm, to me she looks more like she is self-grooming and cleaning her antenna by pulling it through the gap between tibia/tarsus and pectinate spur. One can see the spur very well on the (animal´s) right foreleg. She might have the mandibles open because usually during such a behaviour sequence the legs will often also be cleaned by pulling them through the mandibles thereby "brushing/licking" them with the maxillae/labium.

Remember Rik´s remarkable documentary work on the comb-bearing spurs.

(How does one format this that the "Remember ..." is high-lighted blue and becomes the link to click upon, but the URL itself is hidden?

--Betty

edit: Done! Thanks, Péter.


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acerola



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks.
Betty: You can use the url tag (url= http://www.photomacrography.net...)short text(/url)
In this case you can click the "short text". Just use different brackets than in this example [] instead of ().

The kit lens gives a different perspective. And its quality is worths its price, but I will try another lens to increase sharpness.
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puzzledpaul



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Splendid pic on all povs as mentioned by previous ppl - pose, (complementary) colours, composition etc. ... nice job Smile

pp


(thx for brkt weight info elsewhere, btw)
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PP: the macro bracket is not working right now. It is too bright.I have to make a diffuser. I had to improvise so I put the flash back to the body and put a large diffuser on it. Fortunately it produced a very even light.
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Harold Gough



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 5:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Being on dial-up, this image suddenly popped into view, maximising the impact. I agree with all that has been said.

If I could pick on one tiny detail: the one small improvement I can think of would be if you had an identical shot in which the middle, left leg is not partly bent backwards but is fully visible.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An incredible photo . The kit lens seems to give you a better DOF. I love the colors Shocked
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Betty wrote:
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Hmm, to me she looks more like she is self-grooming and cleaning her antenna by pulling it through the gap between tibia/tarsus and pectinate spur. One can see the spur very well on the (animal´s) right foreleg. She might have the mandibles open because usually during such a behaviour sequence the legs will often also be cleaned by pulling them through the mandibles thereby "brushing/licking" them with the maxillae/labium.


Makes one appreciate wash cloths...doesn't it. Think
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