Dennis Hirning, FPSA, MPSA  

Coming Out of the Ant Hole by Dennis Hirning, FPSA, MPSA

June 2021 - Coming Out of the Ant Hole

June 2021 - Dennis Hirning, FPSA, MPSA


About the Image(s)

Canon SL1, 100mm Macro with Nikon 6T closeup lens, 1/400 sec. f/8.0, ISO 800

This little critter was less than 1/4" long. It is cropped to less than 1/10 of the original image. Worked over with Topaz DeNoise AI, and Luminar AI.

15 comments posted

David Terao   David Terao
(Group 45)
Wow, what a great image! I know how difficult it is to get a good shot of an ant with the eyes in focus - especially since they are constantly moving around and never seem to sit still for a photo. Nicely cropped and post-processed.   Posted: 06/01/2021 07:41:00

Dennis Hirning   Dennis Hirning
Thank you. I suspected that those little yellow-green balls were pollen and I took some pictures of pollen on a tree and now I am sure.
  Posted: 06/01/2021 07:45:32
David Terao   David Terao
(Group 45)
I hope it's pollen. At first, I thought it was ant poison.   Posted: 06/02/2021 06:11:53
Dennis Hirning   Dennis Hirning
Here is a picture of the tree genitalia with pollen. That is the little yellowish dots. If you tap these a little yellow cloud comes off. It shows how very small the ant was. I couldn't see if there were any ants unless I got down closer to them.   Posted: 06/02/2021 07:19:36
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Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
This is something that in my wildest dreams, I would never think of photographing. But that's me...I'll photograph most anything but limit my squeamish things to the thousands of Florida geckos. Phenomenal result here..   Posted: 06/02/2021 09:27:19
Dennis Hirning   Dennis Hirning
You might not even notice these little ants crawling on you since they are so small. My wife did tape up around a window when a little trail of them was crawling up the sink. I'm not sure what they are but they probably are Pharaoh ants.

There is a picture of them here next to a ball point pen tip.
  Posted: 06/02/2021 10:08:27

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Thanks. Better online than in my house   Posted: 06/02/2021 10:30:57

David Robb   David Robb
All around great image. Composition, center of interest, color. Foreground and background are perfectly framing the ant, f/8.   Posted: 06/05/2021 14:20:46

Neal R. Thompson, M.D.   Neal R. Thompson, M.D.
Great capture with great definition considering the amount of cropping that you had to do. The blurring in front and back really give the impression that you are "right there". wish the antennae were as sharp as the rest of the image of the ant but one can't ask for everything! Nice work.   Posted: 06/06/2021 17:35:23
Dennis Hirning   Dennis Hirning
Thanks. It is hard to get much depth of field with this much magnification of a small subject. There was no possibility for Helicon with this. I was glad to get just the ant's eye sharp in the fraction of a second that I had with it in focus.   Posted: 06/06/2021 17:59:58

Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
You had to focus on the eye and let the rest go. The result came out well and is remarkable given all the technical challenges. Did you shoot a whole bunch just to get this "Best of Show" result?   Posted: 06/13/2021 12:57:28
Dennis Hirning   Dennis Hirning
A whole bunch. I had the motor drive going high speed. Those little critters are moving fast so it was hard to even catch an ant in the viewfinder in time to press the shutter.   Posted: 06/13/2021 16:58:10

Sharon Moir   Sharon Moir
Gives me the creeps. Amazing shot to get the ant clearly so close up. At first the large amount of out-of-focus bothered me but, the longer I looked at it, realized that's what brings the eye to the ant.   Posted: 06/17/2021 08:09:08

Joey Johnson   Joey Johnson
Wow! Talk about up close and personal. Great shot. No suggestions to be made.   Posted: 06/17/2021 17:19:53

Than Sint   Than Sint
Thank a lot for sharing the experience, gears, technique and post processing. I am so happy see the detail of the eye. What a amazing image!   Posted: 06/21/2021 23:18:53


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