Post Mortum Macroshots?

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Andy
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I've recently discovered a few ants roaming around my kitchen... I've got a few options, leave them roam for a day before the ant killer comes down and let one or two of them die of natural causes, or blast them with powder...

Now i do want to get some post mortum shots of ants as i know these little suckers will not stand still for a second!
Any tips on doing this? What background's work well? White card? Coloured card? something glossy?

And would an off camera flash work with a small diffuser? and also, any tips on keeping these in a realistic looking position, i've tried post mortum flies before, and unfortunately they choose to lie on their backs!

Many Thanks!

Andy
 
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I don't think post-mortem ants will be any better or more likely to stay 'right way up' than the flies. If you want to slow them down, pop them in the fridge for a little while to cool, but be aware they will warm up fast once back in ambient temps.
 
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If they die of natural causes you will never find them. If you blast them with powder they will return to the nest - and you'll never find them! I would go with the fridge idea! or just be very quick in photographing them!
If you have a garden, in another couple of months they will be very active. You could then set your camera up and lift a paving slab or brick around where they are scurrying and making holes in the sand joints. If you are lucky you will uncover a nest and get lots of shots of millions of ants hurrying about trying to save their eggs.
 
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Ants tend to follow the same trail over and back, watch where they are marching, set up your camera accordingly. Use manual focus, pre-aimed at a spot you know they're going to pass through. Manual focus is always best for macro, no hunting, it'll always be tack sharp where you have pre-focused - use some seeds to help focus on where the ants will pass perhaps
 
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Another idea is to put a drop of syrup, honey or any sweet liquid down, using a syringe. The ants will stay fairly still for a second or two, whilst they collect or drink the food.
 
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