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Ant and Aphids

Ant and Aphids
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Copyright: nagaraj vn (nagraj) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Micro-Nikkor 105mm f.4
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-26 3:31
Viewed: 4443
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ant and Aphids,
share a well-documented relationship of mutualism. Ants feed on the sugary honeydew left behind by aphids. In exchange, the ants protect the aphids from predators and parasites.
I captured this image of an ant herding aphids in my backyard using back sunlight. I observed the ants spend hours herding the aphids for a drop of sugary drop, amazing. Surprisingly they don't do anything else. Hope you like this image of natural study.

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hello Nagaraj
very nice composition with good details ans very nice colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Nagaraj,
Spectacular macro with great focus and very good clarity.
It is a interesting image with a ant and aphids.
The details and colors are great.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Nagaraj,
very nice photo of this ant. Great sharpness and details. Perfect point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Nagaraj,
A Superb composition my friend. Good sharpness and detail against an amazing light. Well done.
Best regards,

But a treat! Interesting macro!

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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2011-12-26 7:04]

hi nagraj

great captured with transparancy of ant.

u play well with sunlight! TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-12-26 7:18]

Hello Nagaraj,
A fine macro taken in difficult lighting that has caused a little OE but the main subject, the ant is superbly sharp from a fine lateral POV with most of the aphids well seen with natural colours in this pleasing composition.
Thanks and best regards,

Hello Nagaraj,
A wonderful macro capture with a beautiful composition. The details are really great and light, colours and POV are excellent. Well done!

Ciao Nagaraj, fantastic macro with amazing details, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-12-26 11:28]

Hello Nagaraj,
very good macro, very nice and interesting view. Well done photo. I like it.Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-26 12:06]

Hi Nagaraj,the top of difficulty,insects very veyr littles and in backlight too! You work very very well and the result is a very professional pic,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Beautiful and with hairy details hanging down that twig, nagraj.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-12-27 12:26]

Very well captured natural scene. Most interesting!



Hi Nagaraj,
Really well archieved macro!... I like a lot the back light here!... Perfect!

Hello Nagaraj!
Nice shot with wonderful lightness.Very interesting note! TFS
Happy New Year!

PS: thanks for visiting my gallery! I appreciated it!

Hallo Nagaraj.
very good macro shot, impressive details, excellent point of view
Best regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-12-29 9:37]

Hello Nagaraj,
What a neat photo of an event that takes place naturally in the world of ants and aphids. I like the backlighting effect and beautiful coloration in this fine image. Very interesting relationship you have captured for all to enjoy viewing. Well done!!

Hallo Nagaraj,
a superb macro shot, outstanding sharpness and impressive details, very beautiful colours, point of view and composition arre excellent
Best regards

Amazing capture and presentation!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-01-01 7:31]

Hello Nagaraj,
At first thanks for your kind wishes . To you and your family all the best for 2012 too.
A very interesting subject and not an easy shot. Love the way the ant looks almost translucid. Ideal framing too and as usual very fine and subtle colors.
Kindest regards

Hi Nagaraj,
This is a wonderful macro picture. I could not recall seeing an ant closer than this 'Ant and Aphids'. I enjoy looking at this ant very much. TFS,

Bets compliments for the lovely compo MF Nagaraj! Exciting light and beautiful colours. TFS.


Fantastic macro shot Mr.Nagraj!
Nice composition & taken from a good POV with fine clarity.
Your note is really interesting. Well done & TFS.

Hi Nagaraj,
Excellent shot. I have seen this relationship before but never captured it. Your picture inspires me to go out and hunt for this scene.
TFS, Shir

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