Indonesia-based photographer Uda Dennie shot some remarkable images of ants in his native Batam. Using a Canon Kiss X4, Sigma 150mm Macro, a monopod, and at times an external flash, his images are nothing short of exceptional, especially for the nature tripper. After photographing the ants, Dennie uses processing software which includes Photoshop CS3, Topaz Details and NIK Color Efek to finish off his work, which is truly incredible.
Ants are essentially social insects and along with their cousins, wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. Ants originated from wasp-like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous era from 110 and 130 million years ago and branched out after the emergence of flowering plants. In excess of 12,500 of an approximate total of 22,000 species have been classified by scientists. Ants are easily identifiable by their elbowed antennae and the characteristic node-like shape that forms their thin waists.
Ants congregate in colonies that vary in size from a few dozen predatory creatures living in tiny natural cavities to intricately organized colonies that may dwell in huge territories and consist of millions of ants. Bigger colonies are made up mostly of sterile, wingless females that form castes of “workers”, “soldiers”, or other specialized clusters.
Almost all ant colonies contain some fertile males called “drones” as well as one or more corresponding fertile female known as “queens”. The colonies at times are referred to as superorganisms since the ants operate as a unified entity, working together extremely cohesively as if they were one organism.
Uda Dennie’s profession as a lensman started in March of 2010. As an enthusiast, Dennie learned from his friends who had been into photography for years. After learning the basics, Dennie honed his photography skills in wedding, fashion and documentary photography for both a living as well as for his own personal pleasure. After seeing many examples of macro photos on the web, Dennie developed a passion for macro photography such these of the Batam ants.
He recently explained,
“After many trials and errors, along with lots of hunting and exploration, I am now able to produce out fine macro images. Perseverance really paid off.” That can be clearly seen indeed.