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Formica rufa

Formica rufa
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Copyright: Jiri Kubosek (iti) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 576 W: 0 N: 650] (7937)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E620, Olympus Zuiko 35mm Macro F3.5, 58 mm close up +1+2+4
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-02 6:57
Viewed: 2349
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Formica rufa, also known as the southern wood ant or horse ant, is a boreal member of the Formica rufa group of ants, commonly found throughout much of Europe in both coniferous and broad-leaf broken woodland and parkland. Workers can measure 810 mm in length. They have large mandibles and like many other ant species they are able to dispense formic acid from their abdomens as a defence. Formic acid was first extracted in 1671 by the English naturalist John Ray by distilling a large number of crushed ants of this species.
A common diet for a wood ant colony is invertebrates found around the nest, particularly aphids harvested from the surrounding trees, although they are voracious scavengers. Nests of these ants are large, conspicuous, dome-shaped edifices, usually situated in woodland clearings, where the sun's rays can reach them. F. rufa is commonly used in forestry and is often introduced into an area as a form of pest management. ...

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Hello Jiri,
A very nice composition. Amazing details and splendid colors. Lovely composition with exceptional contrast against the background and wonderful sharp details. A perfect shoot.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Jiri,
Wonderful shot. Lovely colours and excellent detail. Great Job

Ciao Jiri, great macro of little ant, beautiful composition, fantastic details, wonderful bright colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Ahoj Jiri,
amazing photo of this ant. Perfect point of view. Great sharpness and details.
Thanks for sharing,

Impressive macro Jiri! Interesting subject, very good composition, fantastic colours and good sharpness.

Hello Jiri,

A pristine macro shot detailing the mood of the ant. Lovely colours.


Hallo Jiri,
very beautiful macro shot of the Formica rufa, impressive details and splendid colours, point of view and composition are excellent
Best regaqrds

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-04-02 23:56]

Hello Jiri.
Great macro.Very good details , nice colours and very good compostion.Very well done.Best regards Siggi

Hi, Jiri
Very precise focusing here, which cannot have been easy with such an active subject. It's a shame that the addition of close-up lenses reduce the depth of field to a very shallow plane, but we cannot overcome basic physics (other than by focus stacking, which would not be possible with an active insect like an ant). Nice work.
Best wishes, Nigel.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5804 W: 89 N: 14916] (62531)
  • [2012-04-03 4:19]

Hi Jiri,magnificent macro and great choice of this frontal point of view to see so well the face,i like the blue sky in background too and the very rich composition around the ant.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

impressive and great close up, wonderful the composition!
regards Jiri

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-04-12 22:02]

Hi Jiri.
I like your impressive close-up so much, it's wonderful very pleasant light colours, 3D-effect created by skill use of aperture, huge magnification and perfect details of the ant and ear. POV and composition of the shot are also brilliant. Well done and TFS.

Hello Jiri,
What I like at this image are the nice colours, perfect focus on the head insect and beautiful composition. Well done!

Ciao Jiri. Great close up MF! Excellente contrast and perfect management of light. Beuautiful colours.


Hello Jiri,
An Excellent macro captured in a great pose! The detail is stunning and the colours natural. POV and DOF is greaat. Wonderful composition my friend.
Best regards,
What F-stop did you use?

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