Ant taking a ride on a Swallowtail!

Konrad___far_northDecember 16, 2007

This Summer

Common Alpine

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minrose

How lovely these are, how cute with the ant.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2007 at 7:28AM
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kentuck_8b

Very nice, Konrad! I never have seen a Common Alpine before.

The stow-a-way ant is really cool.

In the second photo, is that a plum tree, or perhaps an apple tree?

Kt

    Bookmark   December 16, 2007 at 11:50AM
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ronf_gw

Fantastic pictures!!
Ron

    Bookmark   December 16, 2007 at 1:15PM
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gmom74

Your butterfly pictures are beautiful. I love that hitchhiker.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2007 at 8:00PM
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chris_in_iowa

konrad___far_north,

Can you please tell us what equipment you used to take the photo of the butterfly with the ant on its butt please?

We in the greenhouse forum need help!!!!!

Thanks.....

Here is a link that might be useful: Greenhouse and structures forum.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2007 at 10:44PM
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kentuck_8b

Do you have ants in your greenhouses?

    Bookmark   December 17, 2007 at 10:52PM
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chris_in_iowa

Ants, butterflies, mice, toads, frogs, wasps, spiders, groundhogs and raccoons to name a few!

Oh and a couple of the posters over there have a few flowers!

Seriously we are interested, and basically clueless about taking real close up close ups and what is the most cost effective way of doing it.

Inanimate objects I put on the scanner, but spiders and flowers look a bit squished when you do that!

(well I am clueless. the others over there can at least work a VCR)

:)

    Bookmark   December 17, 2007 at 11:09PM
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kentuck_8b

What kind of camera do you have?

Some cameras will let you take macro photos and some won't unless you have special lenses.

Kt

    Bookmark   December 17, 2007 at 11:13PM
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chris_in_iowa

At the moment all I have is a Kodak DX3500.

Some of the posters on the greenhouse forum want to take close up shots of orchids.

I would like to take pics of the spiders and wasps I get in my greenhouse in the fall.

I guess the reason we are all interested in what type of equipment we should be looking at is because after Christmas comes the sales.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2007 at 11:25PM
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kentuck_8b

It would also be a good idea to use a tripod or some similar device to hold the camera still.

I'm not familiar with the Kodak DX3500. I will have to look into it tomorrow and let you know what I find.

Getting late here, need to go re-charge my batteries...

Kt

    Bookmark   December 17, 2007 at 11:29PM
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Konrad___far_north

Thank you all!

The pictures I shot with a canon rebel, about 4 feet away, using a 70 mm - 200 mm F2.8 lens and a 2x converter, making the lens a 400 mm reach.
But...I don't think you have to go this expensive, there are point and shoot cameras with macro settings, my wife has
a canon S2 IS and she likes it.
One thing you have to consider with these cheaper cameras, you get the most value for the money and make
excellent pictures but when it comes to fast action shots, like moving targets, the camera is a bit slow in processing
and more pictures have to be taken to get a good one. Overall, a great buy for the money!

Here some examples...
Macro, camera has to be very close to the subject!

..
using zoom

Konrad

    Bookmark   December 18, 2007 at 6:56PM
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kentuck_8b

Konrad, Excellent photos! You do a great job!

Kt

    Bookmark   December 18, 2007 at 7:30PM
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kentuck_8b

Chris, can't find enough info online about the Kodak DX3500...but I'm still looking.

Kt

    Bookmark   December 18, 2007 at 9:53PM
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Konrad___far_north

Thanks so much, Kt...this compliment goes to my wife.
Konrad

    Bookmark   December 18, 2007 at 11:46PM
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Konrad___far_north

>>In the second photo, is that a plum tree, or perhaps an apple tree?>>
These are Evans cherry, [sour cherry] blossoms.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2007 at 11:51PM
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kentuck_8b

Thanks Konrad, that would explain the blooms being so close together. Nice photo of the cherries!

Kt

    Bookmark   December 19, 2007 at 9:57AM
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