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Old Jul 3, 2010, 11:06 AM   #1
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I had spotted a few aphids and ants in the garden so they where on my list to get some shots of them,
so a few days back I had to spend some time with them.

First I was trying to get the images just handheld, but … the wind was moving the branch to much,
so I had to get something to keep the branch fixed in place and if I started building a tripod would make the shots a bit easier.

I ended up with one (light weight tripod) holding the branch steady and another one to hold the camera more steady.

Equipment – pentax k20d – kiron 105mm macro at 1:1 – dual flash – wireless controler – raynox dcr250 giving a 2.1:1 macro


Enough talking here are the results.

#1


#2


I really wanted to get an ant milking an aphid, but didn’t get there, these where the closest to that goal.

#3 – ant milking


#4 – ant drinking


#5 – a bit later a small grasshopper came to take a look
(small is relative here – about 1cm – legs and antennae not included.

I dropped the raynox dcr250 and zoomed a bit out to get a shot of it, then thought that those ants had to be in the shot to.

So I made two shots, one with the ants, and one with the hopper and blended them.



this set and a few more are visible at full sizes at http://rhermans.smugmug.com/keyword/ants

Any C&C always welcome.

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Outstanding job, Ronny!
Although I prefer the closest macro shots for the detail, I really like the last shot!
The blending job you did is fantastic.
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Old Jul 4, 2010, 1:10 AM   #3
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Really nice series Ronny - especially #1. Interesting interloper in the last shot - great blending it looks very natural !
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Thanks GW

Thanks Frogfish
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Old Jul 4, 2010, 8:43 AM   #5
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Really too cool, Ronny. Well done! My eyes were drawn to photo #1, I love the use of DOF, the colours of green and yellow just look so nice. Perhaps a little more in focus, the first one.. but these are just great shots. Thanks for sharing them.
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I hate ants, but these pictures are amazing! The last one is really very cool, outstanding processing!
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Old Jul 5, 2010, 3:35 AM   #7
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Thank Eetu,

Thanks Harriet,
I'm not going to say that I like ants, but as long as they don't bother me, and stay out of the house I don't mind them.
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LOL! That's the problem, keeping them out of the house and not bothering you! I really need a pest control person badly at the moment.
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Great shots of such small live subjects.
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Another great series from the steady hands of Mr. Macro!
#1 is my favorite for the detail, and the uncluttered background, but all are wonderful!
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