Archive for November, 2013

November 5, 2013

day 6 pt.2 {the vacation chronicles}

Upon the return from my first trip to Costa Rica my mind reeled with all that I saw…and all that I did not capture with a camera. My passion for photography was within me at that time, but it was buried far inside of me. It hadn’t been realized yet. It was only after that trip that I started realizing what kind of photographic journey that trip could have been. We had plans to return, and I convinced my father to send me his camera. The camera that I learned photography on. The good old (literally, old) Minolta. And then a hurricane hit our town. And life was interrupted. And our trip back was cancelled. And I sent the Minolta back.

We constantly talked about returning, but life did what it does best and got in the way. Hubby returned a few times for fishing trips, and I stayed home, cursing him the entire time. The further away I got from my introduction to Costa Rica, and the more I embraced photography, the more determined I became that when the day came that I could finally return, I would photograph all the little critters that, up to that point, I had to rely on my iffy memory banks if I wanted to revisit that first trip.

At the top of my list were the leaf cutter ants. I was fascinated by these guys. Somehow, they were the epitome of being somewhere foreign. Somewhere exotic. I mean, they were in National Geographic magazines after all!

And so my mission on this trip was to photograph the leaf cutter ants hard at work. And ummmm, I was about to learn that this was going to be some hard work!

Hubby stole this snap of me scrunched up on the ground trying to get some shots. I think this gives you a good idea of just how small my subjects are- at first glance it just looks like I am shooting the dirt 😉

Behind the Scenes | Macro Photography | Leaf Cutter Ants | Costa Rica | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer

I think it would be fair to say that the leaf cutters were some of my hardest subjects on this trip. These boogers are fast. I desperately wanted to get a shot of a line of them coming right at my camera, but that would basically mean I would have to lay in their path, and I just couldn’t quite do that, though I put myself as close as possible. In the end, I didn’t get the shot that I wanted, but I got shots that I didn’t expect to get and couldn’t be happier with. These shots might quite possibly be some of my favorites from the whole trip.

Costa Rica | Macro Photography | Leaf Cutter Ants | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photography Costa Rica | Macro Photography | Leaf Cutter Ants | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photography

Costa Rica | Macro Photography | Leaf Cutter Ants | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photography Costa Rica | Macro Photography | Leaf Cutter Ants | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photography

Costa Rica | Macro Photography | Leaf Cutter Ants | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photography Costa Rica | Macro Photography | Leaf Cutter Ants | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photography Costa Rica | Macro Photography | Leaf Cutter Ants | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photography

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November 2, 2013

interlude

Costa Rica | Dragonfly | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer