Carpenter Ant

Nothing remarkable here, except that I do have to say that the tilt-shift macro lens is a lot of fun.

This is Camponotus Pennsylvanicus, as far as I can tell.


KeithAlanK said...

Quite the departure, and I really like it.

Matthew Robertson said...


I had actually travelled a very long way - the far edge of the city - in the hopes of continuing my 'Kingston Road' series. Even with my low standards, I couldn't see much worth shooting, so instead I found a park on the lake shore. After trying to photograph seagulls with a manual focus lens - I need bright glass to compensate for my personal shortcomings - I hit on the idea of bug macros.

This was a shot that I took as I was packing up, literally the last photo I took in a disappointing and unproductive day. (The photos posted on May 24 and 27 are the only other keepers from a day-long trip.) The black background is completely accidental; I can't imagine how I managed to get a good exposure on the log and completely block the shadows behind it, but I think it works. The D700's a frightening camera when it can pull off tricks like that. I've done some exposure work on the ant, but the rest of the photo is very much the way Nature and Nikon intended it.

nia said...

Excellent Matthew, I love macro works, you did great. I loved it.
Thank you,

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