Tracy Szela  

Ant into the Unknown by Tracy Szela

September 2020 - Ant into the Unknown

About the Image(s)

Camera specs: Canon 70D, Sigma 105mm Macro lens, f6.3, 1/800s., ISO 1600
Editing: minimal processing, slight vignette added to draw your eye further into the image
I wanted to show the ant getting lost in the flower, and show the journey the little insect was taking. I purposefully kept the ant slightly blurry to make it a bit more mysterious.

5 comments posted

Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Hi Tracy,
To me "venturing into the unknown" is wonderful creative concept for a flower capture. I enjoy exploring flowers and find myself curious to look inside them to see what mysteries I might imagine. Those leading lines of an iris petal seem like a great invitation to an industrious ant and offer a powerful composition complemented by the canopy-like shape of the petal above the ant. Also, I find the color pallet in this image lovely.

The softness in this image, however, lessens its impact for me. I think the idea of slightly blurring an insect would work to emphasize that it was in motion, but to achieve that I would want to see the foreground in tack sharp focus and a bit of fill light directed toward the ant to reduce the shadow that obscures it for me.   Posted: 09/08/2020 12:12:50

Dick States   Dick States
Hi Tracy,
I agree with the comments Charissa has made. Great colors and lines lead the eye to the ant. For my eye the ant, which is the subject, needs to have more sharpness to have the impact you would like the image to have. It looks like there is a small area that is sharp just behind the ant and maybe the very tip of its tail end. Did you manual or auto focus?
This is one of those times I feel you need to have your point of focus about 1/3 of the way into the ant. This would give much more of the ant in focus at f-6.3 and not waste DOF behind the ant where DOF was not needed. I also feel you could crop off the top to remove the green background.
I like your idea here and the story you are trying to tell with this image but for my eye I need to focus on the ant to receive that message. My eye keeps searching for something sharp.   Posted: 09/09/2020 20:18:05

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Hi, Tracy.
I was interested in the intent you had in mind when you took the picture. The flower and patterning on it just needed to be in focus as the others have noted. The ant tends to go unnoticed and it is the center of your pictorial story. But if I look at it carefully I do detect that it is ready to exit the blossom. Only wish it were sharper.
Janet   Posted: 09/10/2020 15:22:54
Tracy Szela   Tracy Szela
Thank you all for your comments on what is sharp and cropping suggestions to better portray my concept. Sometimes you have the idea in your head, but the image doesn't quite portray that; so these comments are really helpful for future images!   Posted: 09/13/2020 19:08:34

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
I agree with the others. Dick is particularly good at giving technical suggestions on focus. I love the picture concept, the beautiful colors, and the composition. But I, too, want more sharpness.   Posted: 09/19/2020 13:26:55


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