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I wanted to take some photos of ants for ages already, but they are fast little creatures.
I caught some drinking today.
It was really great fun taking these photos.

Im not sure if this is four or five times magnification. One or the other anyway. Taken with canon Eos 400D and the Mp-e 65mm lens.
I used the standard camera flash and a white paper to reflect it.

I hope Ill get another chance, another day, to take more photos of ants. There is still loads that needs improving...

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A wonderfully thought-up piece - you can see such great detail upon the ant.
I was instantly drawn into the image simply by the smoothness and softness of the lighting. Using the in-built flash on any camera is a bad idea, but deciding to bounce it was a stroke of Genius! (Must've been quite hard to set up.)
However, I must penalise you for use of ISO 400 when you are getting a shutter speed of 125th of a second approx!
The full-size image ends up slightly grainy as such, which is a real shame.
The fold in the water and specs of dirt make the ant seem so incredibly small. Something which, I suppose it was.
A fully-in-focus any would have been nice to see too, as the depth of field is a little small. The aperture could have been changed by one or two stops without causing too much worry with 400 ISO. It's either grain or detail, unless you change the set-up to incorporate more flash or soft lighting.
Wonderful shot. I look forward to seeing more like this from you.
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ironmanbr Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
Great capture! I love the details and DoF!
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:iconmoepling:
Moepling Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
oh thank you really much :)
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ironmanbr Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Welcome!!
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Coquerel Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Student General Artist
Really nice shot! amazing how the texture is
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:iconmoepling:
Moepling Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
thank you a lot, much appreciated :)
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fly67 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009   Artist
good!!
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:iconmoepling:
Moepling Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
thank you :)
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:iconcycoze:
cycoze Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing shot.
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:iconmoepling:
Moepling Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
oh thank you really much :) glad you like it :thanks:
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Sandy515 Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
very interesting capture
i've never seen drinking ants!
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:iconmoepling:
Moepling Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
hehe thank you :) I had only seen them drink in other peoples photos :P

Sorry for answering this late.. I am so busy at the moment :(
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FluffyCloudsOfSheep Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
You are amazing! Ants actually arn't that bad. Hes kinda cute. :D
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:iconmoepling:
Moepling Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
oh thanks so much, it means a lot to me :heart:
and thanks also for the :+fav: :hug:
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FluffyCloudsOfSheep Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
Your very welcome, this is amazing! :D
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Arya-DragonQueen Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
it's really rare to see photos of ants which isn't so unusual when we consider what you already said - they're so fast :)

he's a real cutie :giggle:
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:iconmoepling:
Moepling Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
oh thanks :hug: I will try and get some more shots of ants soon, but it got so windy and cold again :(

thank you also for the :+fav: :thanks:
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Arya-DragonQueen Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
that would be awesome! i can't make macro photos because I don't have the needed equipment. to tell the truth - i have no normal equipment for photography at all lol. but i'd like to see your shots though :)

you're welcome :D
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DayleC Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Very outstanding.. and creepy
<3
yay bugs! there so interesting and just another world.
lol


((DC))
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:iconmoepling:
Moepling Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
hehe yeah they are a kind of different world :)
thanks a lot :D
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Dune-Cat Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just beautifull, Missed being here and looking at your awesome work man! =D
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:iconmoepling:
Moepling Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
oh thank you, thats so nice :hug:
again thanks also for the fav :)
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Left4Bait Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
Wonderful shot friend Keep up the great work
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:iconmoepling:
Moepling Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
thank you :) I will do my very best
and thanks again for the :+fav: :thanks:
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Left4Bait Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
Your extremely welcome
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joesqsek Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
Amazing masterpiece. Great magnification, I can't get so much zoom with my raynox converter :) and anyway, on full zoom it's hard to make object well focused for me as I've got very low focus-range. Did you use tripod? Can you give me some advices?
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Moepling Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
Well I am a lucky owned of the Canon Mp-e 65mm lens, which is porbably the best macro lens at the moment. Without this I could never have made this shot.

However... for this shot I didnt use a tripod, actually I use a tripod very seldom. I am just much more flexible without. Especially with moving objects I find a tripod more in my way then helpful.
As this was my first shot with ants, I cant say too much, but for example with bees, I have learned that it helps a lot at the beginning to get them still. A good way to do this is to put some honey out (near a place where bees always fly around) and wait a while. Then you sometimes get up to 10 minutes where the bee isnt flying about :)

The other thing is the light. As I dont have a flash, other than my standard camera one, I usually dont have enough light for good macro shots. So I take white paper with me and try and put this behind, over or next (whatever direction I want to lighten up) to the object which I want to take a photo from.
I think that helps a great deal with macro shots.

I hope this helps a bit, if you ever have any more questions, just ask me :)

Now still thank you :) Im really glad you like the photo :thanks:
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joesqsek Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
Thank you for your great advices! I'm sure that it will make my next photos better and I will have even more fun from it :) Your skill is amazing :)
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Moepling Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
cool, Im glad I could help :)
Thank you :heart:
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gomezluis Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
Amazing shot.
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:iconmoepling:
Moepling Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
thanks really much :)
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Canon
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Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Shutter Speed
1/125 second
Aperture
F/10.0
Focal Length
65 mm
ISO Speed
400
Date Taken
May 3, 2009, 3:41:07 PM
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