Some photos of my other Obession - Ants!

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Drake, Mon May 10, 2010 1:07 pm

So I have an obsession with these little guys. Not sure why, but I have my whole life. But only as of the last year and a half I got more serious into keeping them.

Probably my best photo. The camera used is not meant for this type of photography. I really need to get a proper camera with a special macro lense! Not cheap, so I must wait :( .
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Photo of a Myrmecia sp queen... its a photo of a Bull Dog ant Queen! People who know these ants, know them well. They have very good eye sight, and will run after you. They are basically wingless wasps, very aggressive even if you go 10 meters toward their nest. But I know they have a cuter, softer side ^.=.^
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Could not find the image on the computer to upload it. Golden Polyrhachis, they have such a wonderful golden color! Sadly the colony died =/. Polyrhachis are pretty temperamental.
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1 ... 0103672644

All photos of Myrmecia (Bull Dog ants)
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2 ... 12c4894cee

All photos of Camponotus (Sugar ants)
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2 ... f05cc04a4d

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Xenithion, Tue May 11, 2010 7:36 am

Good pictures ;)
Nothing wrong with a strange obsession, and it looks like you know your ants. (all the same to me >.>)
Do you keep your own colony?

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Drake, Tue May 11, 2010 11:07 am

I am still learning names. I am not sure how people can remember, let alone pronounce these names! I only have a small colony of Iridomyrmex sp (Species).

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=1 ... 1151d2a4db

The camera died before I had a chance to take a photo of the setup finished, oh well!

I want to keep a number of other species in the near future. Bull Dog ants being at the top!

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kat_aclysm, Wed May 19, 2010 3:44 am

I have an uncle who is into photographing these guys, and Praying Mantis. I bought a proper Macro Lens back from the US for him, and it cost like $600AUD. Bugs actually look quite handsome when done under a macro lens.

I could never tell the difference between Bull Ants and Sugar Ants. I fail X3

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Drake, Sun May 23, 2010 1:54 pm

Your telling me. And when I see photos like the one linked below, I just love it! Makes me want a good macro lens and camera!

http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?pi ... =631340061

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FuzziBear, Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:53 am

it would be soooo difficult to take pics like this.

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Reathen, Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:49 pm

Nice photos, Drake!

Macro photography is a lot of fun. :D

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Drake, Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:53 pm

I did not noticed Fuzzies reply! And yeah, I think it would be very hard :P. When you get that close, I think the SMALLEST vibrations can mess up the photo?

Macro photography WOULD be very fun indeed!

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FoxofFire, Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:42 am

it would be soooo difficult to take pics like this.[/quote]
I love that one! o.o

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FuzziBear, Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:58 pm

When you get that close, I think the SMALLEST vibrations can mess up the photo?[/quote]
i was more thinking about the focal distance. ants don't stand still, and the focal distance on that is TINY (focal distance? focal length? i dont know, i is not photo person... ask reathen what i mean, im sure he can translate my mere-mortal into photo-guy-speak)


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