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Copyright: Jose Miguel Cisneros (JoseMiguel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): !Attitude, 5 favs. and up - PART 3, posts with a difference [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-04 10:13
Viewed: 9721
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 202
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this picture last month, in the fields of the “Simón Bolívar University”, near Caracas, Venezuela, where I received my degree several years ago.
I remembered the existence of this large ant’s nest, and came back to found it were still there at the same place, and thousands of ants were working relentless, forming marching lines of hundred meters, to cut the leaves from surrounding trees and carry them to their nests in order to prepare their food.

I was fascinated with the organization and behavior of this insects. That’s why I’m posting as a workshop a composition of several pictures of this ants in action, as a complement.
Hope you like it.

Handheld with IS, about noon, brilliant sun and almost no clouds.
Crop, some contrast, sharpen and resized.

"Leaf-cutter ants"
Leafcutter ants cut leaves from plants and trees and grow fungus on these cut fragments. The ants use this fungus to feed their larvae (the ants themselves mostly imbibe plant sap from the cut leaf fragments). The true leafcutters are restricted to two genera of ants (Atta and Acromyrmex) comprising a total of about 38 species.
Leaf cutter ants are limited to the arid, semi-tropical and tropical regions of South, Central, and North America, but they are one of the ecologically-dominant ants everywhere they are found.

Leaf cutter ants have one of the most sophisticated animal societies in the world. This is because of their unusual method of farming (they are the only animal besides humans who grow their own food from living matter), their extremely large colony sizes (up to 8 million individuals per colony in one species, Atta sexdens), and their fantastic caste system (with ants of different sizes and forms specialized for various tasks in the colony).

In order to protect their fungus cultures and combat invading fungi pests, these ants employ antibiotics produced by a Streptomyces bacteria that lives on their skin, in addition to physically removing the invading fungi. This interaction between ant, bacteria, and fingus crop is one of the most intricate examples of mutualism in nature.

The leafcutter nests, especially of the Atta spp, are marvels of engineering. Mature colonies sometimes fuse together to form one huge mound. In this case, the central nest mound may be 30 m in diameter, and may occupy 30 to 600 square meters!

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Suborder: Apocrita
Superfamily: Vespoidea
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Atta


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hi jose,
very nice shot of the red ant with the leaf, well saturated colours , sharpness is good, liked the pov, composition too,
tfs & regards

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-04-04 10:46]

Hola!! que preciosidad de macro, se pueden ver todos los detalles a la perfeccion, buen trabajo. Que tengas un buen dia. Carme.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-04 10:49]

Hello Jose-Miguel,
A wonderful macro job that shows the ant at work. Superb pov that accentuates the relative size of things. I also like the impressive presentation in the workshop. Very well done.
Best wishes,

Estupenda macro JM.
Es asombroso la fuerza que debe tener un bichito como éste para llevar tanto peso y de esta manera.
Por lo demás, muy buenos detalles. Los colores preciosos y una nota bastante completita.
Buenas tardes por ahí buenas noches.
Juan Luis

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-04 11:18]

Holá Jose Miguel,
Fantastic sharp and well-composed macro of a Leaf-cutter Ant in action. The OOF BG and lighting are also superb, as are the WS shots.
Well done and TFS!
Best wishes, Ivan

Hi Jose,
Great shot on the Leaf Cutter Ant. I reall like the photos in the workshop. Excellent colors and sharp detail in this macro shot. They are amazing creatures. Great post!

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-04 11:56]

hi jose ; a great shot of the red ant with the leaf , well captured with good pov,the sharpness and colors are good,well done and tfs,
best regards

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-04-04 11:57]

Very crisp macro Jose. Nice composition.TFS

Hello Jose,
It is truly amusing and amazing to see these tiny ants carrying segments of leaves much larger than their body sizes. I have watched this phenomenon with utter fascination several times.
You have captured this particularly industrious character wobbling along with a huge green leaf very well. It is funny in addition to being amazing :-)!
A faultless macro image with super clarity and natural hues.
Best regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-04 12:01]

Hi Jose.
What a nice shots you have shared. Both pictures: original shot and workshop are amazing. Why have you posted it as workshop? Truly, it's clear for me.

Great POV. Composition of the shot is simply outstanding especially inclined elements. Pictured scene is wonderful too. Remote BG is excellent in its colourfulness and some details. Lighting, sharpness and colours of the main subject are fantastic. Bravo. Next your great work. My congratulations and TFS.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-04-04 12:19]

Hi Jose.
Great "action" shot.And very nice captured working "military" in Workshop.
I like this composition with very good point of view.Very good sharpness and DOF you managed very well.Details on ant and on fragment leaf are perfect.Superb picture with very nice colors and light.And very interesting note too.
TFS,best greetings Milos.

Hi Jose,
Well composed image.
An interesting content.
Well done


Fantastic picture. i have read that the ants can carry many times their weight. This picture clearly shows that this is true.

Murali Santhanam

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-04-04 12:46]

Bonjour Jose
Excellente prise, très belles couleurs et netteté
Super Résultat Bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-04 12:54]

Hello Jose Miguel,
Terrific shot of this Leaf-cutting Ant carrying a big leaf. Impressive sharpness and great colours. I really like your composition. We've seen these ants on Trinidad where they demolished a Lantana plant in no time at all. Great presentation of additional shots in WOrkshop and interesting note.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-04 13:30]

Hi Jose

What a terrific macro! The action here is really impressive and i also like the shots from the workshop.
Excellent sharpness and details, very good DOF that keeps everything is great focus.
It's amazing to see the carring capacity of these small creatures.

Cheers and TFS

Dear Jose,
This is a very splendid macro! I like it not only because of very good quality but also as a great documentary photo!
Anyway, it seems that this leaf was cutted by the ants in two parts but the second one was not finished :>
Very interesting composition!
Best greetings,

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-04-04 19:15]

Exelente foto numca vi uma formiga aqui no trek,muito interessante como carrega o peso e o volume maior que ela meus parabéns por esta bela e preciosa imagem.

Hi dear Jose ,
excellent image for presentation of diligency.
very well exposed. it has great composed and beautiful colour.
thanks and regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-04-05 2:05]

Hello Jose Miguel,
You did well to go back to see the ants. This is really une image magnifique- So vivid, so interesting to see this ant with this giant leaf for it. How amazing nature is. Bravo and thank's also for the workshop-pictures.
Best regards

Quelle force et énergie remarquable !
Bonne journée.

Excellent DOV Jose. Parades. Very well done. tfs. Stev

bonjour Jose Miguel
quel beau partage,
belle couleur et bonne netteté

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-05 8:58]

Hello Jose,
this is a fabulous shot of this hard working insect. The details are interesting and the sharpness is excellent. The nice lighting resulted in wonderful colors. I like the POV and the diagonal composition a lot.
Very well done.

Wow amazing photo, this ant must work out! Great sharp photo, and love the red color of the ant and green leaf...looks great. TFS

Thamks for your comments on my photo " A Lake Erie Afternonn (12) " ;O)

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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2007-04-05 16:59]

hola José Miguel

qué impresión de fuerza daesta hormiga.
la foto es muy buena , con detalles muy nítidos, un buen encuadre y una buena exposición que ha sacado todo sus detalles de la hojka y la hormiga aunque hay alguna zona sobreexpuesta de la rama



Bonsoir Jose Miguel
Tu présentes une photo de grande qualité : très bon cadrage, bon rendu des détails, focus idéal... La scène qui illustre le comportement fascinant de ces fourmis est très intéressantes. Autant que ta note très complète.

Hola José Miguel,
Una foto estupenda, seguramente, por lo menos por mi experiencia, dificil de lograr con tan buen foco. Muestra muy bien el titánico trabajo ( y daño?) que realizan diariamente.
10 puntos!

Bonsoir José Miguel
Une excellente photo en macro,les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées. Félicitations pour la belle composition.On peut voir la force de ces petites bestioles et que le travail ne leur fait pas peur.

Merci et bravo...JP

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-05 22:51]

Hello Jose

Reminds me of Frank Sinatra's song...Just what makes that little old ant
Think he'll move that rubber tree plant
Anyone knows an ant, can't
Move a rubber tree plant

But he's got high hopes, he's got high hopes
He's got high apple pie, in the sky hopes

So any time you're gettin' low
'stead of lettin' go
Just remember that ant
Oops there goes another rubber tree plant

Super focus with sharp details,the colours are well saturated and natural.Nicely captured and composed.TFS


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-05 23:15]

Hola Jose,
Superb macro with excellent camera work all the wat around, thanks Jose.

Hi Jose,
great photo of the strongest creature in the world.Imagine carrying the same weight relative to your own weight and you then can understand why the ant is the strongest.Beautiful colour and focus makes this picture a top pic in my opinion.Tfs. Bob

Hello Jose,
First time to see Leaf cutter ant this close. Very nice pov and sharply focus. Pictures in workshop also impressive. Very well done and tfs.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-04-06 6:52]

Hello jose,
Great capture.POV,lighting,BG,pose and details are excellent.TFS

Nada que decir, amigo mio.
Con fotos asi lo mejor es disfrutar de ellas un rato, y nada más.
Está genial, lo que muestras, y como lo muestras.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-06 7:45]

Hola José Miguel,
Excelente elección del punto de vista y el fondo para realizar la hormiga y su trozo de hoja recolectada. El fondo da una gran luminosidad e proporciona una gran sensación de relieve. Pero más ma ha gustado la nota que muestra otro caso de la sofisticada realación de esta hormiga y la bacteria fungicida. ¡Asombroso!
Abrazos, José M.

Wow Jose Miguel, fantastic macro with lovely ant bringing cut leave, splendid light and colors, wonderful details, great composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Jose Miguel,
What an interesting post with excellent notes and WS picture! Those insects are like giants :) This is a priceless moment caught with excellent details, colors, amazing POV and DOF.

This is a great are very well documented picture! Thanks,
I don't know how I could have add it to my favorites as my theme was full but I'm glad I could did it! I guess that a few people deleted some of their pictures :)

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-04-06 17:31]

Hi Jose!
Sympatic shot of a busy ant, I like the Pov you chose and composition,very good details concidering his size, and well done DOF!

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-04-06 19:26]

Outstanding image of nature at work. Exceptional detail for such a tiny insect. The workshop images are also outstanding!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-07 8:16]

Hola José Miguel.
en estos días de semana Santa, me pones a tiro a esta hormiguita, llevando su cruz...
genial macro. con magníficos detalles y nitidez excelente,
buen trabajo.
saludos amigo

bonjour josé miguel
c'est facinant ce que la nature a donné comme force a ces petites betes.
photo excellente.
pas beaucoup de temps en ce moment

Excellent work Jose the detail is nice and sharp DOF is spot on. It's very well composed. TFS have a nice w/end rgds Necip

Well taken macro, nice detail and good exposure.


fantastic pic, TFS Ori

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-08 5:53]

Hi Jose

This is a stunning macro shot. I love the composition and the whole insect and leaf are sharp. Excellent DOF. Great colours and POV



Hello JM,
An educ ational capture, documenting this industrious insects very well!
Image is done with skill, good colours and fine details in a pleasant composition!
Pablo -

Incredible close-up Jose, this picture clearly demonstrates how they tiny creatures can carry more weight than their own. Very sharp and well framed. :)

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-08 18:59]

Hi Jose

A Fabulous macro shot, very nice composition and POV, the pose is amazing to see the little Ant busy carrying such a huge leaf, the details are clean and sharp and the colours are perfect.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hola Jose,
Great shot, nice DoF, well focused, sharp and neat image.


hi jose!
A very nice situation you
capture here with fine quality!
i like it a lot!

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  • isa Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 49 W: 0 N: 34] (252)
  • [2007-04-09 16:58]

Hola José Miguel,
que linda macro de este insecto, comedor de hojas. Excelente enquadramiento y nitidez en los detalles. Perfecto. Un trabajo muy completo con la nota explicativa con las descricción y clasificación taxonómica.
Saludos cordiales.

The idea of the workshop is OUTSTANDING.!!!
A well presented image; very sharp details.
Your notes too are extremely well composed.
Congratulations. A job well done.
Greetings from Canada from Mario.

Hola José Miguel,
Excelente macro de bella factura, sorprendente el transporte de la hoja, la luz, nitidez así como la nota, son excelentes. Un cordial saludo
José Ramón

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-04-10 17:00]

hello Jose
first time i see like this ant and your photo's note is informative also. composition, point of view, depth of field, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

molto bella

bravo, belle capture de cette travailleuse
bonne couleurs, bons détails, bien vu
félicitations et merci

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-11 16:53]

Hola Jose Miguel.- Con este bello macro que lograste podemos apreciar con claridad el peso que in pequeño insecto es capas de cargar cuando de trabajar se trata. Verdaderamente me agrada.

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  • Charo Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 49 W: 0 N: 39] (456)
  • [2007-04-12 15:49]

Hola Jose,
Excelente macro, colores y POV.


I think the WS could almost have been by itself as well. they are both stunning pictures showing the life of the only insect I hate! (Ants in general). But you really do have an absolutly stunning picture of the ants and their acitivies and the notes are great.

Stunning picture.


Hello José,
what a wonderful demonstration of the capabilities of leaf cutter ants, an iconic image of the "brave" worker.
The image is so inviting by strictly concentrating on the object, placing it in the best possible position and light.
Both pleasantly silent, and very spectacular.
Thank you! With best regards,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-04-14 18:03]

Hello Jose, great macro you did there, everything is just perfect, very good camera work. thanks,


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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-04-15 11:29]

Hola Jose,
Nice image of this ant carrying the leaf.
Clarity,details and sharpness are outstanding.
Great work.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-16 9:52]

¡¡Genial, Jose Miguel!!
Es gracioso lo de esta hormiga. Parece que después de casi cortar un trozo de hoja decidió que era aún más lo que podía acarrear, ¡y vaya pedazote que cogió! Impresionante la fuerza que debe de tener en las mandíbulas. La foto es magnífica, y el collage realmente alucinante aparte de precioso, con una creatividad y una destreza extraordinaria para captar a estas criaturillas a ras de suelo. Magnífico punto de vista y maravillosa composición.
Felicidades y un cordial saludo

Hi Jose,
you have captured a nice picture of a very strong ant.
The details and sharpeness are very good. I like the
diagonal in the picture, nice composition. The DOF is good as well, the subject standout well from the BG.
Well done.

I love this photo and all the workshop shots as well. The red leaves in the workshop are super. Exposure, composition, color and sharpness here are all great.

Evelynn : )

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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-04-16 19:06]

Excellent shot! A true winner. The action depicted is great and the details really good. The composition is great. This ant is really powerful :)

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  • lee Silver Star Critiquer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 23] (84)
  • [2007-04-18 19:22]

Hi Jose, a very interesting photo here and certainly not comon. Nice shot of the ant carrying the leaf. Nice colors and good saturation. Good dof and love the natural surroundings. Crisp image of the ant. Great job, thanks.


Hello Jose,

Amazing photograph of this leaf cutter ant! Fantastic sharpness and the details are plentiful. Your workshop is a perfect addition and I enjoyed seeing them all working together. Very well done!


Hola Jose !
Me gusta mucho esta foto - es impresionante como un animal tan pequeño puede traer una hoja tan grande. Los detalles son excelentes, la colores naturales y vivos, la composicion y el BG son perfectos.
Agradecidos y saludos,

Hey Jose!
Amazing macro! Beautiful colours. Splendid sharpness. And I thank for workshop. Which is to admire. Precise description .
I congratulate and greet warmly - Roma

Excelente composición y profundidad de campo. Colorido natural. Un ejemplo de como sacas partido a tu cámara. Una gran fotografía.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-04-19 16:37]

Hi Jose. Very good nature image of this hard working ant. It has amazing balance and strength to hold the leaf like that. Suitable for a science book! Good work. Murray.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-04-20 13:14]

Hello Jose,
Woooow ! The ants are incredible. They carry so big thing.
The "+++" : composition, subject, pose with the leaf, POV, sharpness, DOF, colors, exposure, useful note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations and TFS.

Hi, Jose.
Excellent catch from nature, demonstrating the power of this small animal. Well composed, good sharpness and exposure. Very nice.

Hi José,
Magnifique galerie de photo et difficile de choisir tellement tout est beau...!
Very nice composition here and very good sharpness, beautiful colours too..!
Bravo pour toutes ces belles photos..!
Best regards,

Vaya Jose este macro es realmente bueno.Este tipo de hormigas por aqui no se encuentran,es mas tipica de climas mas calidos como el de tu pais.

Un saludo.Manuel

Allow me to give you the Centurion Award on this shot! What a great and educational set you have provided us with, this shot WITH the workshop set! Interesting to me too is that you have found these ants! Here the ants are barely coming out of hibernation!

I hope to show some of their "antics" soon! Tfs, Jay

PS Themed!

Interesting picture showing an important behaviour.
Excellent shot, sharp and detailed.
Well done,

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  • limier Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 14 N: 235] (1055)
  • [2007-04-27 10:03]

Hi Jose
This is an excellent theme well captured with clear lines and BG.
Ants are really very strong.
Excellent moment to share with us
Thanks and see you

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  • Perro Silver Star Critiquer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 59] (553)
  • [2007-04-28 17:09]

Hello Jose Miguel,
A great macro shot, very nice composition, fantastic point of view.
I like very much all these precious details.
Perfect sharpness, good light, point of view...terrific.
The nice blured background give accent to the " working star".
The impressive presentation in the workshop is very interesting.
You did a great job.
Best regards,

Great action shot. Amazing colours... good POV

Una maravilla de toma de esta especie en plena actividad. Muy buena aportación. Un saludo y TFS.

José Luis.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-05-01 12:29]

Hola Jope Miguel :-)

What an awesome picture !!! You managed perfectly the exposition and dof in order to get the leaf and ant in focus... I like also the geometry formed by the shape of the leaf and the rock (or branch) where the and is walking... I'm curious to know which one is the heavier! The and or the leaf???

Great job and TFS!


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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2007-05-05 16:06]

Ufffffff, yo personalmente no consigo pillarlas tan bien. Por lo cual me quito el sombrero por la calidad de esta toma sabiendo lo complicado que es sacar este insecto. Un saludo

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2007-05-18 8:11]

Hello Jose,
Fantastic post! Great moment of this ant (and ants in workshop) in action. Superb PoV, excellent colors, perfect compo and sharpness.

Hello Jose,
Excellent picture of this hard working ant. It looks as though another ant has tried to take half it's leaf.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-05-19 18:28]

José, this is indeed a winner.

Excellent colors, dof and sharpness.

Stunning image.


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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-05-20 19:31]

Hola Jose Miguel,preciosa macro,exelente y nitida, y maravillosa... Saludos

Hi Jose,
excellent macro for this interesting ants. colors and focus wonderful. Thanks for sharing
best wishes

Hello Jose,
This capture is a unique one. It has a great composition, and clearly shows the leafcutter in its best form :)
Perfectly executed.

Belle photo,de cette fourmis qui transporte une charge tellement plus grande et plus lourde qu' elle,si nous on le faisait, on pourrait en transporter des choses? Amitiés Thomas

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-07-17 2:25]
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outstanding macro shot! great dof, focus, colors. great pov also! do you use some aditional converters or lens extensions?

I see you have some great shots in your gallery Jose Miguel - this is one of my favourites.
The quality is very impressive, all the more so considering it was taken on a compact camera and not an SLR with a fancy macro lens. The sharpness on the ant and leaf is spot-on, and I like how it stands out from the defocused background.
I'm not so sure about the almost square frame - personally I'd have preferred it if you'd gone for a more rectangular crop and left a bit more space in front of the ant.
It's very well taken though, and I like it a lot.


Hola Jose Miguel.

Esto si que es fortaleza, levantando cinco veces su tamaño, son los trabajadores por excelencia.


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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-10-07 23:38]

Hi José,
I gladly add my praise here.
Best regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-07 6:31]

Hi Jose,
This is among the best documentary shot ever and you have freezed a fabulous moment here. Immaculate sharpness, lovely colours, precise DOF, great lighting and perfect exposure. A classical image. Excellent POV to portray this amazing scene and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Jose,
What an amazing moment you've taken!
I've watched some documentary film about this kind of ants. Very unique and smart ant I think. :)
You present here very wonderful main shot and another nice workshop shot, with excellent details and composition.
Well presented with this informative note as well.
TFS and best wishes,

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-12 2:32]

Hi Jose-Miquel, super shot and rarely seen on TN. These ants are facinating to watch, they are amazing engineers. You have very good exposure, light and focus here. Everything is pin sharp and it makes a fine composition. Great work.

Hi Jose,
Perfect shot! I like all kind ants, so they are working non-stop as every successful man.
All the best friend!

Only one word need for this absolutely amazing capture...WOW!!! TFS


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