David Terao  

Ant on a Peony Bud by David Terao

June 2021 - Ant on a Peony Bud

June 2021 - David Terao


About the Image(s)

This past month, I've been shooting a lot of flowers blooming in our local public garden. While shooting peonies, I found a large red ant crawling around on a peony bud, stopping occasionally. After shooting a couple dozen pictures of the ant, I went home and discovered the ant had a small insect in its mouth in one of the images. Totally serendipitous! I since learned that there is mutualistic relationship between ants and peonies in that peony flowers provide food for ants and, in turn, the ants protect the blossoms from other floral-feeding insects. Basic editing performed in Lightroom (e.g., cropping, tone adjustments, and increased vibrance), then used Photoshop's clone tool to take out the blurry protrusion on the bud. Shot with a Canon EOS R5 and 180mm macro lens (hand-held).

7 comments posted

Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
Take what you can get David! You spent the time there in the garden and you deserve to get the rewards. I would like to see more of the ant. Since the peony bud in your photo is difficult to fully appreciate since most of the bud is out of the photo, you might consider just telling us a peony attracted the ant and give us a great close-up of the ant having lunch while standing on the bud.   Posted: 06/01/2021 10:50:59
David Terao   David Terao
Thanks for the suggestion, Don. I made the ant larger by cropping out the peony leaf from the picture. And, without it, I thought maybe the picture would look better rotated 90 degrees to the left.   Posted: 06/01/2021 13:57:48
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Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
The 90 degree change is good. Looks better.   Posted: 06/02/2021 11:00:47

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
nice capture!
I love the simple ant/bud combo of version #2, it's very direct and simple way to direct focus to the ant, there's the story. love the translucent of ant.   Posted: 06/03/2021 11:06:29
David Terao   David Terao
Thanks, Charlie. Version 2 is almost like a completely different picture.   Posted: 06/03/2021 12:20:41

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
Great job! I, too, like your second version so much better with the ant filling more of the frame and the angle has more impact for me, as well. You have very good sharpness on the ant. I can even see the little hairs. Nice job!   Posted: 06/10/2021 10:04:08
David Terao   David Terao
Thanks, Cindy. I like the cropped version better as well, but I'm not sure which rotated version I prefer. In some ways, I like the perspective looking up at the ant.   Posted: 06/10/2021 10:10:58


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