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Queen's head

Posted by
Spike (not Bristol, United Kingdom) on 19 July 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

We met this lady a couple of weeks ago, being dragged through the grass by a worker a tenth her size.

When nature hands you little gifts, you're a bit foolish not to take them. So it is with (surplus, deceased, would-be) queen ants. So into "the studio" we went...

A somewhat experimental version of this image tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping to take a look.

Dan Stevens from Reading, United Kingdom

The detail is remarkable! Mind if I ask what equipment you used?

19 Jul 2011 8:13am

@Dan Stevens: Thanks, Dan. It's mostly some old Olympus gear: an 80mm dedicated macro lens on a set of bellows (essentially a 250-300mm extension tube); Panasonic G1; and a cheap LED ring light. You take a series of photos, gradually moving the in-focus zone from back to front through the subject, then process the lot into a single in-focus image using suitable software (Zerene Stacker, in this case).

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

wow, magnificent! The soft light is beautiful and all the detail on ger eye is awesome! loo how much fur she has. wonderful study!
(I finally found the sigma 105/2.8 , yay, just a few more days till I´have it in my hands ;D)

19 Jul 2011 9:18am

Laurie from Prescott, United States

Absolutely stunning! What creativity. I love photography! I wonder, though if she is as beautiful to the opposite sex as she appears to me. She must be - she is a queen, after all!

19 Jul 2011 12:25pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Fantastic, incredible detail, worthy of 5 stars in my book

19 Jul 2011 1:40pm

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Fantastique macro ... un grand bravo ...

19 Jul 2011 9:42pm

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Magnificent result... a very impressive macro studio...

20 Jul 2011 10:07am