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Old Aug 23, 2003, 8:35 AM   #1
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During a hike thru the trails of Ilha Grande (Big Island) on the southern coast of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, I found this cute 'little' ant carrying 4 little fruit or whatever it was. :P

I couldn't resist taking the picture. This was my first close-up shot of little insects. I would appreciate some comments so that I can improve my next close-up shots.

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Old Aug 23, 2003, 4:45 PM   #2
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Very nice. And thats one powerful ant you got there! Where is his super hero cape? :lol:
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Old Aug 25, 2003, 3:36 PM   #3
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nice capture!!! unfortunately the ant is a bit underexposed.

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Old Aug 28, 2003, 5:47 PM   #4
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Hi djb,
any tips on how I could make better close-up shots?
I just have a simple digicam (Kodak DX4900), and that was
my first close-up shot of an insect, so I had no idea how it would turn out.

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Old Aug 28, 2003, 5:58 PM   #5
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Angel, i think the shot is nice just that the ant is underexposed.
looking at the pic it looks like the ant is under the shade of of the berries (or whatever it is carrying). i don't know anything about your camera. does it have a bracketing function on it where it can take a series of shots at different EV settings? this way you can get a series of 3 to 5 pics that may range from ev -2 to ev +2.
insects can be extremely difficult. any critter that moves fast is tough to capture when they are moving. ants seem to be constantly on the go and usually they happen to be dark in color which makes getting them exposed properly very difficult. have you tried post processing to get more out of the ant?? i would assume the rest of the pic might be a bit "overexposed" in doing that. i'm just learning digital stuff. i'm an old film person and find digital a bit overwhelming at times.

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A piece of white paper placed out of the frame to reflect some light underneath the berries and into the shadow may have helped bring out some of the details of the ant.

If those are normal-sized blueberries, how big was that ant??
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Old Aug 28, 2003, 8:20 PM   #7
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i tried inserting an edited version of your ant but, it didn't work. i really don't have time to really do much to it (i'm at work) but, here is a link to a really feeble attempt.

http://denbal.fotopic.net/photo.php?id=1085919


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djb,
Same idea but not as severe :


This lightening of the photo was done using Photoshop Elements 2.0 and the Brightness levels fixed manually, tweaking it until the desired shading was obtained.

Klaus has a great tutorial at the following site:

http://www.hertz-ladiges.com/eng/indexeng.html
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Hi everybody!
Thanks very much for all the tips!
I'll try next time to change the EV settings.
And I could not even try the white paper, cuz I took that pic
during a hike and I had nothing with me but my cam.
The lightening of the photo made the ground become a bit
overexposed, don't you think?

Lauren, those were not blueberries, they were some kind of
seed, I guess. But the ant was indeed very big. Actually, the
biggest I've ever seen.

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Btw, I just found an Online Photoshop tutorial (http://www.digital-creativity.org.uk...torial_16.html)from which I got some tips on how to solve problems with underexposed photos without turning all the image overexposed.

This is how my ant turned out:


I think it looks now a lot better than the previous image.
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