Posted June 23, 2010 10:29 am - Updated June 23, 2010 11:41 am

Spider 2, Photographer 0

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.