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Ice & Ant

Ice & Ant
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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/1512 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-03-30 3:52
Viewed: 4649
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the first signs of Spring in my region are ants. When the days are getting warmer and snow melts away from the top of their nests they leave the nest in huge amounts and stay on the top. It's quite an amazing view and a sample of it you can see in the WORKSHOP.

Here you can see a picture of single ant on a snow covering down part of the nest. The species is probably Wood ant Formica rufa, but I'm not 100% sure about that.

These ants are very common in my neighbourhood. They especially like a nearby spruce forest where can be found few huge nests or rather collonies of nests lying very close. Such ants castles have around 2-5m in diameter and their kingdom is whole forest because there are everywhere. In Summer you must be very careful what shoes do you wear going through that forest ;)
When I was a kid many such huge ants nests were fenced so the wild animals couldn't destroyed them. This is all becuase these ants are great allies in war with forests pests. Therefore it's better to have as many of them as possible in a forest.

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Very nice done. These are small and hard to catch in a proper DOF. Moreover the details on the melting snow forms a nice pattern as a "BG" (because in's not really a BG); it also complements well the ant as colours and shades.

Regards, Petru

ant on the rocks! *g
another superb shot of insects on ice,
monika! :-)
the poor thing´s getting cold feet.
a great job, as usual, good details, pov
and compilation;
the ice looks like diamonds.
very well done, thor.

Hello Monika that's another fascinating capture and a very close one considering their small size. The ice has made an excellent backdrop with great quality of light, superb detail on the ant with perfect composition. Very well done.

Wonderful photo, composition and technically wise! Thanks for sharing - Xplorator Radu

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-03-30 4:51]

Hi Monica!
Something magical is in photos with insects on ice. Your brain shouts - insect? on ice? impossible! ;-) Poor frozen ant, detailed and well seen, but I think BG made from crystals is even better. Amazing and unique composition of two elements from two different worlds. Good note. I hope we'll forget about snow at least to next December!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-03-30 5:46]

Bonjour Monika,

Trčs originale ce type de prise d'insecte sur la neige fondante. Le contraste est parfait et la netteté bonne.

Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie.


Hi Monika, nicly capture aint on Ice the colors are great, The details are awsome, composed very well, TFS kyle

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-03-30 12:09]

Hi Monika
Fascinating capture ant in ice.Good close-up love the background (ice).


Hello Monika,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. The BG is Perfect ;)
Composition and lighting are excellent. Good POV and framing.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

Hello Monika,
I shall call your image--"Fire and Ice." Very good image and note. I remember the Red Ants in France where I lived, they did not bother anyone until you came too close to their nest site, then look out....
Very good image,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-03-31 2:33]

Hello Monika!
Very interesting close up.POV,details,sharpness,framing and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-03-31 12:29]

Monika, great contrast, lighting and pov. I like composition too.

The workshop is also great.

Hello Monika,
unusual, creative and nice picture! Special and good BG, amaizing details, colors and exposure, only a bit cenetred, but´s my opinion.
Have a nice day

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-04-01 16:10]

Czesc, piekne refleksy swietlne na sniegu. Trudny technicznie temat i swietne wykonanie.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-02 18:01]

Hi Monika,
The colours and textures in the ice are amazing! Exposure is well managed, I think this could be very tricky. Excellent detail as always and an interesting note. Nice post.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-04-05 19:02]

Hi Monika, you do have a habit of finding things it unusual places, I've never seen an ant on ice before. Lovley image, well done and no viruses :-)

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