Featured Wildlife – The Ant’s Journey

To See A World In A Grain Of Sand

This was one of the first pictures I took when I started to gear up more than a year ago. I bought myself a Canon EOS 30D, a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro HSM as well as a Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG (all of which I sold in favour of the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon 85mm f/1.2 L – more on why later).

I was taking a break from conducting a workshop in Batu Rakit, Terengganu on the East Coast of Malaysia. While working outside with the camera, I saw some branches of a banana tree. I actually wanted to take pictures of the repetitive branches and was trying to find a good angle until I saw this lone ant walking quickly on the branch. Snapped and got this image. I literally had 2 seconds before the whole image changed. The lesson here is actually to not think about the picture. Provided the setting was right (and in this case it was), just let your instinct take over and the image will ‘appear’ to you.

This one was taken with the wider zoom at 55mm. Aperture priority f/5.6 and the camera had no problem metering for the image. The blue background is actually underexposed blue sky and the ‘road’ are branches.

To me the strength of the image comes from the simplicity. This one looks really great printed on stretched canvas and hung on the wall.

Canon EOS 30D
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG
f.5,6 1/1000th ISO 100 Aperture Priority

1 thought on “Featured Wildlife – The Ant’s Journey

  1. hullo,nice blog u got here.informative too.i haven’t read all the posts yet , but at a glance, i hvt found any ‘answer’ as to why you sold your 30d++ gear for the 5d++ gear. Just curious. 🙂

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