Along came a spider...


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A little spider stopped to take a nap on our screen door tonight so I got some pictures. This little guy is about 0.5" to 0.65" across, judging from the screen mesh.

I used the flash on the last one just to see, it was interesting... it actually flashed twice, once at the beginning and once at the end.





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I tried to get a good close up of the eyes but it was hard, I need to get a ring flash or else have a spotlight shining on him, it was too dark for this type of work.


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Cool subject. Neat find. Boy the flash sure made things look different. I'm guessing dialing back the power might yield a less bleached / hilighted effect on the hair. The last pic is my fav.

I could see where a macro lens mounted ring flash could be useful in this instance. Or maybe the opposite approach of a couple umbrellas strategically positioned to more softly fill everything.


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Yeah, the flash really made a difference, you can see all the individual hairs really being highlighted.

This was taken late at night with basically no lighting except a couple compact florescent bulbs about 20 feet away, I just went into aperture mode and let the camera decide the rest, it kept the shutter open for between 20-30 seconds, depending on the picture.

I think the way to do it next time would be to bring a light over and angle it towards the spider.

I was pretty amazed it kept as still as it did for 30 seconds at a time. As soon as I would back away, it would start walking again, but when I got close it just froze up.