Spider 2, Photographer 0

Steven Schretzmann/Staff
I'm still hunting for the ultimate spider on a web photo. This is not it (55mm macro lens, F4, 1/200th shutter speed, ISO 200).

Yesterday I wrote about the difficulties I had while trying to photograph a spider in my backyard. I thought it would be so easy to shoot the photo today. I was so wrong.

I was ready this morning. A battery was in the camera. A ladder was within my grasp. The light was just beautiful. There was only one problem. I couldn't find a spider web.

The web that was glistening in the sun yesterday was now built close to the ground in deep shade. Adding to my photographic problems was a slight breeze that jiggled the spider in and out of focus.

I did manage to get a few frames of the spider, but once again a truly great spider photo has eluded me.

I'll just have to shoot it tomorrow.

Spider Photo Tips:

- It's always wise to carry a reflector when shooting close-ups of nature. A newpaper or 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper can be used to bounce light into the shadows. My white T-shirt provided some fill light this morning.

-  I have never read this anywhere, but mosquitoes (at least the ones in my backyard) are attracted to black. I wear light colored clothing and plenty of bug repellant.

 

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Rainier Ehrhardt
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Rainier Ehrhardt 06/23/10 - 12:03 pm
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Schretzmann!!!

Schretzmann!!!

Corey Perrine
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Corey Perrine 06/23/10 - 02:02 pm
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The coolest spider on a web

The coolest spider on a web photo I've seen was a full moon in focus, shot around f/22-32, and the spider out of focus in the foreground. However, keep em' coming. I'm curious to see what you come up with and when you find what you are looking for.

Zoe
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Zoe 06/23/10 - 03:58 pm
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I've got some AWESOME photos

I've got some AWESOME photos of a banana spider on a web......................

Zoe
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Zoe 06/23/10 - 04:11 pm
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It's hard to really see the

It's hard to really see the details I captured on this avatar....

ZenoElia
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ZenoElia 06/24/10 - 01:22 am
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Just remember the basic

Just remember the basic lighting rules..10AM-2PM is ideal for shooting..oddly before I saw your article this morning..I took some photos of a spider similar to yours before I backed my truck out as the web was attached to the hood...must have been a lot of spiders out the other day...weird.

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