Sunday, February 26, 2012
Ant on a Peony
I used my junk telephoto to take this image combined with a close-up lens and an extension tube. A close-up lens looks like a slightly thicker clear filter that can be screwed onto the front of any lens having the same thread size. It is relatively inexpensive way to convert a normal lens for close-up photography. I had also placed an extension tube between the lens and the camera body. An extension tube is just what it says, a tube having no glass, so it has no effect on the amount of light entering the camera. It allows you to use a lens at much closer distances to the subject, however, and that is what I was using it for. I was shooting at a very small aperture to gain as much depth of field as possible. The trade-off is you have to use a slower shutter speed which will amplify any movement, so I was using a tripod and trying to catch the ant when it was still.
Peonies are very attractive to ants, although I'm not sure why. I like the effect of a lone ant against the wall of color in each individual petal. This was one of only a few frames where the ant stayed still enough to get the image without blurring it's movements.