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19/09/2009 - 10:00 PM

Incy Wincy....

Incy Wincy....Good shot; what you have photographed is a Common Garden spider or to use it's posh name Araneus diadematus. They are very common in the countryside and can be distinguished by the yellow cross on the body. This is a female and she can spin a most wonderful web. In fully grown adults this can be up to a metre in size, and is usually re-spun on a daily basis. When the male comes courting, he has to watch out otherwise the female may have him for breakfast as well.

These spiders are chunky in shape, so you will find that on most macro lenses, you will not be able to get everything in focus due to the small depth of field from the lens. As a guideline I will try to keep the eyes in focus, which can be hard as this type of spider always hangs upside down. Maybe try shooting from a 45 degree to the side and slightly above the eyes to get maximum depth of field. The only problem is, that you will be kneeling or lying in the grass. You will be rewarded however with a photograph of it's many eyes looking at you.

Your exposure and colour balance is good, so you should be proud of what you have achieved. Remember macro photography is challenging, and extreme macro photography may be one of the most technical areas to shoot.

I think you have done very well, when you also consider that a spider's web moves in the slightest breeze. I hope you don't mind my comments, as I am no expert, since I am still learning like everyone else.

Neil
03/07/2009 - 9:23 AM

the beauty

the beautyLovely photo, so natural!

I like the way the hair falls covering one side of her face, her eye is crisply in focus with nice reflected detail, skin tones are nice, background is nicely blurred, light on the face is good.

I'm not sure about the crop though. Without seeing the full image it can be difficult to speculate, but I might have included the top of her head to maximise the highlight on her hair, and possibly include a portion more of the left hand side of her head.

Saying all of this though, doesn't take away from this being a lovely photo. So many of the photos of people I have seen look too set-up, and false. Now and again, I see photos that have that extra magic in them. My opinion is, that this is one of them. Well done and I hope you don't mind me commenting on your photo.
02/07/2009 - 8:51 AM

Respite

RespiteNice photo, like it in mono, but I would have included the ears.
Neil