Photo 101 Rehab: Macro

Photo 101 Rehab: Macro

My submission to today’s Photo 101 Rehab group was inspired by the fellow patient desleyjane’s cornflakes-carrying ants. I went for a petal-carrying ant here. Alternately, an ant-carrying petal.

The photo was taken with Nikon D80 and Kenko macro extension tubes and processed in Corel PaintShop Pro X6. Here is what I did to it:

  • Enhancing saturation and vibrancy
  • Boosting contrast and clarity
  • Applying selective focus

32 thoughts on “Photo 101 Rehab: Macro

  1. Ooooh. Interesting to read about your post-processing process. It really is a great photo, great clarity and vibrant colours. At first I thought that that was a big cheesy pizza and it made me hungry 😀 A bit of an odd photo, you have a good eye to spot the tiny ant.

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    1. Oh, a big cheesy pizza! That would be lovely but I think I’d eat it sooner than I could take any pictures of it… Yes, the ant is too small, but it would run away before I could mount a more suitable lens for this on my camera. So this was just an experiment. It’s a baby ant, probably 🙂

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  2. Very macro that and I think the ant optimistic ! I love the colours and clarity. If I had one thing to say of my personal preference I might have preferred to see the whole petal without a blur but as I have no comparison I defer to your expert eye x

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    1. Optimistic? No! I never deliberately do anything optimist 😉 I would have preferred to see the whole petal too, but I’m unable to get the entire photo clear when shooting macro and the edges are often very blurry. That’s why I applied more blur to make it look deliberate 😉

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      1. ah ok i am with you now, sometimes when one sees something unusual or pretty you want to wipe the blur away as in this instance how frustrating for you…maybe my camera doesnt take macro so well, I am still trying to perfect the art of it 🙂 x

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          1. I hate to tell you, but this little routine ended up sooner than it began. I mean, game over, you’re dead. In your next life, never dare the ants. *horrible laugh*

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  3. Did Ella have it for breakfast? I have to agree with Andy; Patagonian ants are bigger and fiercer.
    But I love the shot regardless of the location. The effects used made it warmer and more beautiful.

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    1. Pizza?! Oh my… You must be hungry, girls, go eat something! I saw that your ants were much bigger but I was thinking you had just better camera optics 😉 Now I see that they are probably monsters!

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