Ant in the Morning

Discussion in 'Nature' started by MarkB1, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 30, 2010
    Australia
    Same ant, different BG's. It was cold enough she didn't move much, good for a shot or two - in our currently lifeless (of small creatures) winter's end.

    Offset to sunrise through the branches towards sunrise.
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    Clear blue sky to the west around same time.
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    Red flower in the garden.
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  2. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    Good stuff Mark.
     
  3. 13thFloorPhotography

    13thFloorPhotography Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 24, 2013
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    This is fantastic. Please walk us through your process in taking this photo. Any off camera flash?
     
  4. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    That's a shiney ant. Looks a bit like Ironman. ;-)
     
  5. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    Marc,
    Always amazes me what do with a "super point and shoot"...:cool::2thumbs:
     
  6. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 30, 2010
    Australia
    Thanks guys, appreciated.
     
  7. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    I like these Mark.
     
  8. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 30, 2010
    Australia
    The process is simple. I use the old Panny FZ50 + achromats (stacked) that give me a working distance of around 2". I hold the leaf in one hand and rest the lens on the same for stability - so I stand in the field and point in any direction, as long as I am careful not to jar the leaf or otherwise disturb the ant - small creatures can often seem to be in a form of trance (or sleep), from which they can be awoken.

    Lighting is on-board flash snooted and diffused. I do use an Ext flash at times but prefer the usual. See here : Macro Illustrated | Nature's Place for pix and the whole rundown. Long, I know ... :)

     
  9. kakilima

    kakilima New to Mu-43

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    Jul 21, 2013
    Very beautiful , LIKE alots of your works:)))

    Kaki


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  10. totohdyt

    totohdyt Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 18, 2012
    Very wow works!
     
  11. 13thFloorPhotography

    13thFloorPhotography Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 24, 2013
    Los Angeles
    Thanks for sharing your process Mark. Bravo
     
  12. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 30, 2010
    Australia
    Thanks for comments all ...

     
  13. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 30, 2010
    Australia
    Forgot to add; I usually take such shots from a kneeling position, or look for something to lean against - for stability which is critical at high mags and where ambient light is allowed by the settings with fill flash to light it up but also to stop the movement for sharper result.

    Not much good if not sharp enough to work with ...