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24-03-2012, 09:02 PM
I’ve tried to incorporate some of the lessons learned from my previous day’s session (http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/showthread.php?t=88399). These mainly incorporated holding the branch still with a clamp, thus leaving one hand to free to hold a semi-transparent greenish book insert behind the ants, to get rid of the harsh black background and kick some reflected light into the deeper shadows.
I still ran out of hands thought, I could have usefully used at least 4, or even a photographic assistant!:)
24-03-2012, 10:17 PM
Simply incredible Dennis, even better than the first batch! I'm speechless.
24-03-2012, 10:27 PM
They are amazing images, level of detail rarely seen elsewhere. Having said that, I liked the first batch more for their spontaneity and fresh look (or maybe because they were first). I reckon, I'm simply envious ;)
Incredibly awesome. Unbelievably good.
26-03-2012, 07:57 PM
Incredible detail, great shots :thumbsup:
26-03-2012, 08:35 PM
Wow! stunning stuff
27-03-2012, 12:14 AM
I am gobsmacked!
These are great, I suddenly started noticing ants after seeing these and have become addicted to watching them.
Yesterday I noticed a green-ant proudly carting off a giant (relatively) cat-biscuit.
I didn't have a macro lens, and the 2" nosepiece was sitting on the front of my nikon, so I grabbed a 50mm lens and hand-held it on the end of the nose piece, and held the camera with the other hand and tried to get a shot.
Needless to say it didn't go quite as well as yours :O , but it was fun getting down there and watching them, they sure do motor along.
How are you getting that much DOF?
I tried to video him as well.
27-03-2012, 04:12 AM
^^ What he said!
29-03-2012, 06:43 PM
29-03-2012, 07:04 PM
Stunning results Dennis. :)
29-03-2012, 08:00 PM
Thank you to all you ant lovers, for your nice comments!:)
I should add that these images were taken at slightly more than 1:1, as I had the Canon 25mm EF II extension tube fitted to the 100mm F2.8 macro lens. I think that the combo gives around 1.3:1, slightly larger than life-size on the sensor.
Amazing detail Dennis.
Thank you for sharing.
I want to get back into it now after seeing your wonderful macros.
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