Formica aerata

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Here’s an old shot from the files:

Formica aerata- the grey field ant- California
Formica aerata- the grey field ant- California

photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS D60
ISO 100, 1/200 sec, f/13, flash diffused through tracing paper

2 thoughts on “Formica aerata”

  1. James C. Trager

    You might have guessed I’d like this one, Alex, with my inordinate fondness for Formica. But, just wondering — Was this the original orientation of the image, or did you rotate it to put the ants on flat ground, so to speak?

  2. Ha! You’re quite the detective, James. I bent the branch to be close enough to the ground so that I’d get a decent (=non-black) backdrop, and that changed the orientation of the scene. The image itself is straight off the camera, so this is the orientation I saw in the viewfinder.

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