Ants: the negative side…


"Fighting Ants, inverted"

This is from one of my first attempts to photograph insects on a white background back in 2009. At some point I accidentally hit a negative filter when working through some of my images, and I was pleasantly surprised by the result. These are our most common garden ants, Formica podzolica Francoeur, 1973, locked mandible to mandible in a white bowl. Negative produced in Photoscape 3.5.

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  1. Dave 10 November, 2011 at 10:45 AM #

    Interesting how inverting an image can turn the common place into the exceptional. Once, long, long ago in the age before scanners, I took a B&W picture of a fairly boring hippopotamus skeleton from an old book. However, I was so entranced by the negative that I had a photographer friend make a negative print on a black background and lugged it around the world for the next several years as a wall ornament. Of course, it could just be that I am strange.

    • Adrian D. Thysse 11 November, 2011 at 8:16 AM #

      Hippo bones in negative…I’d like to see that picture some day! Maybe we are strange, this post has had a lot of visits but only small luv…

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