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Wood Ant

Wood Ant
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Copyright: Art Roberts (Art_R) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 80, AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm w/ TC-14EII, 62mm UV
Exposure: f/32, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-18 22:53
Viewed: 2884
Points: 12
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Hi Folks , today I have this image of a wood ant which was busy clearing debris from an old log that they seemed to be making a nest of. this worker and several others would make repeated trips from inside the log then drop their cargo over the the edge of a split in the log. I cant offer an exact ID for this ant , there are 20 plus types of wood ants to be found in Alberta , that range in size (4-8mm) and color (reds and blacks or mixtures of the two) this worker was, I guess, a medium sized ant for Alberta , one of the larger that I will find in this area but not the largest I have seen...

I find ants to be one of the most challenging of insects that I come across to photograph , they are so small , and always so busy, I took more than a few tries to get this one...

what a fascinating & amazing insect the ant is , both to read about , and to observe for one's self...

thanks for having a look

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good morning/evening friend Art.
seems to me that I will agree with you here....the ants for me are truly the most challenging subject for macro photography especially when they are on a move. Great point of view in my opinion. You have managed to place your lens seems to me even lower than the level where the ant is. Great depth of field as well created by an extreme aperture of f/32. In the same time as you know this extreme aperture is effecting negatively the detail and the sharpness which in my opinion has been lost to some degree thanks to the Diffraction process which took place here. In my opinion f/16 in macro photography specially in the smaller sensor cameras like your APS-C is the limit. But hey ... friend Art, if you are happy with the result then .. that is great!
George Veltchev

Brilliant macro photography with good contrast, sharpness and colors. a difficult subject you took.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-05-19 3:26]

Capturing an ant image is always difficult, they are small and busy, you did manage will to get this lovely image. tfs.

Hi Art,
What a wonderful macro. Great focus and details of this tiny litte ant. This is usually something I overlook, I will look closer next time. Great observations and well done.

Hello Art,
A great close-up of this ant, excellent details on such a small subject, nice contrast and composition,
Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-19 8:56]

Hello Art,
Excellent macro with a very sharp focus on the ant. Very beautiful matching colours. Maybe a little piece of the bottom can be removed. Great depth of field and point of view.

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