A queen in monochrome

A few days ago I posted a photo of a Prenolepis ant queen. It’s a decent photo, in focus and properly exposed. But probably not anything I’d print out and hang on the wall.

Check out the monochrome version above, though (click on it to enlarge). I don’t often put my images through such severe levels adjustments, but this one works rather well. I prefer it to the original.


  1. #1 Bob Carlson
    April 12, 2010

    Check out the monochrome version above…I prefer it to the original.

    It seems to show the hairs better, but why?

    Opera tells me that you took the pic with a Canon EOS 50D. What lens?

  2. #2 Alex Wild
    April 13, 2010

    Indeed, the hairs do show better in the monochrome. That’s because I applied stronger contrast and sharpening settings to that version of the file. For some reason B&W images fare better with more contrast than color images.

    The lens is Canon’s amazing MP-E 1-5x macro.

  3. #3 Journal Checker
    April 14, 2010

    It’s not strictly a fair comparison for readers because we can’t see the original colour version at the same size as the B&W.

    Is there an improved colour version or did you enhance after converting to monochrome?

  4. #4 amodeo65
    April 14, 2010

    I wouldn’t hang a picture of it on my wall either. This is my first trip to this blog.
    I’ll be back :)

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