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Challenge: Granular (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: My Yard
Date: May 23, 2005
Aperture: f4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/25 sec.
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: May 23, 2005

I knew those ant hills in the yard would be useful someday!

I'm shocked at how close I was able to get with my new Nikon camera/lens outfit - this isn't exactly a macro shot, but it's as close as I've ever been able to do before, so I'm pretty pumped about it.

I cropped, adjusted levels, did a photo filter (warm 81), and USM twice (once for local contrast, and again at the end for a slight sharpening).

I fear the focus is too much on the green blades of grass, and not the gritty ant hill, but I'll take my chances, as I think this is a pleasing composition.

Place: 187 out of 327
Avg (all users): 4.9536
Avg (commenters): 6.7500
Avg (participants): 4.7500
Avg (non-participants): 5.1250
Views since voting: 779
Views during voting: 355
Votes: 280
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/31/2005 07:54:48 PM
nice textures in this image! the DOF works perfectly here for me
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05/31/2005 03:15:53 AM
good macro. well composed, good use of thirds.
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05/28/2005 09:49:25 PM
Of all the various ant shots for this challenge I like this one the best. The perspective, DOF, and crop all give the impression that it is taken from an ant's point of view.
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05/28/2005 01:15:26 PM
good texture
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05/27/2005 08:32:25 AM
A most appropriate title! Beautiful natural color. The focus is only on the ant hill which is the subject "granular" and not on the background or even the ant so much. I love this picture AND TITLE because it reminds me that even the smallest of living creatures have homes of sorts. I'll think twice before I step on their "homes" again.
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05/25/2005 03:25:21 PM
thats a really good picture, its too bad it wasnt one of those bright red ants.
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05/25/2005 01:26:08 PM
Well, it was a little bit of work finding him, but I finally did. : ) Nice overall effect with the band of focus across the middle. Nice lighting, too, and I love the title.
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05/25/2005 12:56:19 PM
The subject is an ant and ants ain't granular. Sorry.
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05/25/2005 12:38:44 AM
my fav thus far..gl 10
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