It is amazing what we can find to photograph right at our feet. I was out just before dinner today trying to photograph some ants. Not having any extension tubes or a macro lens with me made this a bit of a creative challenge. After experimenting for a little while, I noticed some ants dragging dinner home across my cement walk. I was intrigued. As is often said… small things amuse small minds.
I happened to have a 1.4X teleconverter with me. So, I attached my zoom lens to it, then turned on my camera’s digital zoom function. Many cameras have a digital zoom function, and although the image quality often isn’t great, it can be serviceable in a pinch. Given the significant cropping I did with the photographs, I was pleasantly surprised with my results.
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Here are a couple of ant photographs I was able to capture as they scurried about.
At first blush I thought the ants had captured a bee. I’m still not entirely sure if that’s what they had… or if it was a bee mimic. From time to time robber flies, hoverflies, parasitic flies and other insects can be mistaken for bees. The insect below was slowly crawling on my sidewalk as the ants were transporting their catch.
Two or three ants worked diligently to drag their catch over the cement pavement.
At one point they had turned the insect over. As I examined it… I began to think it was a bee mimic of some sort.
Once the ants dragged their catch over to one of our mulch covered flower beds, things got a bit harder for them.
The strength of individual ants was pretty amazing to witness.
Since the light was beginning to fade I didn’t have the opportunity to photograph this event to its ultimate conclusion.
It’s always a good idea to check out all of the various features of your camera. While we may seldom use some things like a digital zoom… it can come in handy in a pinch!
All photographs in this article were captured using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All of the photographs displayed in this article were produced from RAW files using my standard process. All images were severely cropped.
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