Friday, 19 April 2013

Spider Visiting

My garden has provided a rich source of macro subjects, both flowers and insects.  From time to time one of the larger spiders comes for a visit, in this case I think it is a young Orb Weaver.  These grow to a good size and tend to hang around for a while so you can have a few attempts at photographing them.

The web is stretched between a bush and some other plants and there is strong back light.  To tame the back light, the camera is set in manual exposure to darken the background and then my twin head macro flash is set to illuminate the subject.  In this way the web detail is raised as well as illuminating the subject correctly.

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