Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Incy Wincy Spider . . . Helped Make a Nice Photograph

Here's today's favorite shot from Costa Rica. Here's what's going on: the larger golden weaver spider is the female; the smaller spider is the male. The male wants to mate. If the female is not in the right mood, she may have the male for breakfast, lunch, dinner - or just a snack.

Photo tips:

• Blur the background to make the subject stand out in the frame - especially when the background is very distracting, as it was here. To blur the background, I shot at a wide aperture (f/5.0) using my Canon 70-200mm f/4 lens - on my Canon EOS 7D.

• You don't necessarily need a macro lens to shoot close-ups. Telephoto lenses can be used, too. Extension tubes will get you even closer.

• See the light. When I first encountered these spiders, they were backlit, and were silhouetted. So, I waited two hours until the light was just in the right place.

• Learn about the subject. It makes making the photograph more fun, as well as sharing the story with your family and friends.

More pictures to come.

Explore the light,


Lynn said...

Glad that during your 2 hour wait the female decided NOT to eat her mate!!! Great picture!

chris said...

That is an interesting back story about the spiders and what you had to do to get the photo.