2 | July
"Hard at Work"
General: 9:20 AM on 3/11/05 | Canon 300D
Technical: 1/160sec | f/3.5 | 100mm (160mm) | ISO-100
Lens: EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Exposure Mode: Av (Aperture Priority)
Exposure Bias: -1/3
Flash: No

Thanks for all the wonderful feedback on yesterday's shot. Much appreciated!

Another ant macro. This one is more of a panoramic of the ant hill. While the subject is virtually the same as yesterday's, this shot displays a wider view. Unlike yesterday's picture, this was only cropped on the top and bottom retaining it's full width. I have also included this "panoramic" view in a larger version. (Be sure to enlarge to full size once the image loads.)

categories: insects macro nature

Thoughts of: Ian
July 2nd, 2005 at 3:21 AM

This is a contextural ant portrait!

Love the way these guys are always busy come what may. True society.

Thoughts of: myla
July 2nd, 2005 at 4:08 AM

It boggles my mind that these. are. ants. And now you'vegot me drooling over your macro lens (thanks!) ;) -- really incredible.

Thoughts of: Houser
July 2nd, 2005 at 4:46 AM

Drooling over the lens... check!

Okay after seeing yesterday's and today's I've figured out what sells these most for me. I mean, there is so much to say about them. For example, capturing red ands on brown dirt and maintaining contrast? Well you go try it and tell me how easy it is, so there is that. But the biggest one for me is the angle. By paying that price for these shots, you have put us inside the world of the ant. Allowing us to be participants, rather than god like, bird's eye observers.

Really, really, really well done.

Thoughts of: jasonspix
July 2nd, 2005 at 10:21 AM

Awesome! That is great. To see these little guys on this level makes them take on a different light. Usually we see them looking down from up above and just see them as little pests. Here you see them living and surviving. Very interesting!

Thoughts of: patrick
July 2nd, 2005 at 11:35 AM

i don't like ants. that was, until now. thanks to your shots. i guess i'm starting to see them under a different light... quite nice little guys. ;-)

Thoughts of: Nik
July 2nd, 2005 at 4:32 PM

I cannot get over how awesome these shots look... once again, very well done :D

Thoughts of: Tim
July 4th, 2005 at 11:20 AM

That's amasing, love the DOF and so on.. good macro pic! :)

Thoughts of: Diane
July 6th, 2005 at 11:03 AM

This opens one up to a whole other world. Amazing what happens just below our feet and usually unnoticed. Great shots (this one and the previous!).

Thoughts of: miklos
July 7th, 2005 at 12:57 AM

Holy macro-oni. Awesome shot Ryan.

Thoughts of: Bob
July 7th, 2005 at 7:00 AM

wonderful shot. I agree with all of the above comments

Thoughts of: thendisc
July 11th, 2005 at 6:05 PM

This is fascinating on so many levels. Great shot!!

Thoughts of: rohan
July 12th, 2005 at 8:19 PM

this is such an amazing photograph...what kind of lens did you use?

Thoughts of: Tristan
July 23rd, 2005 at 12:22 PM

This is very cool! Great shot.

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