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beetleman



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:09 pm    Post subject: Costa Rican leafcutter Ant Reply with quote

One of my favorite insects to look for when I visit Costa Rica and they are not just out in the rain forest. I found this rather large specimen in the town of Grecia`s central park area. Every town in Costa Rica has a central park area..tall old trees, lots of tropical flowers, usually a very old Catholic Church. This is a stack of 40 images with HF. The head is just over 2mm wide at the top.

F/4.5
ISO100
EX1sec
Canon 400D, Canon 100mm macro, set of extension tubes, reversed 50mm.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice Doug... Fabulous creature, and the stack worked very well!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exccellent, but for that missing tip of the right antenna Sad
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Mike B in OKlahoma



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh my goodness, what a shot! Jurassic Park has nothing on these guys!
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acerola



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the most interesting ant species. Good picture.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was gonna post an ant photo before I saw this... curse you!! Razz

It looks like one of those mutated monsters in some sci-fi film doesn't it?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NikonUser wrote:
...but for that missing tip of the right antenna


I agree, I nearly mentioned that on my first post, but I've done this too many times myself to complain about someone else doing it! Smile

Personally with a limited range of lenses I sometimes find the subject just falls inbetween lenses (in terms of required magnification). Given the choice between a lower mag shot with the bugs head in the middle and whitespace around or a nice tight crop like this I'd always pick the latter!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all for the great comments. I was very happy with the way this one came out and it may have helped me get out of my photographic slump I have been in lately. Maybe it is the fact that they farm fungus that makes them look so strange Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry about my earlier comment; it really is a nice photo.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing No Problem everyone. Very Happy
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