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Taken just because I liked how it looked in the sun. No editing done. The sun makes it a bit "not so good" . I just hade to take this photo.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 600D
Lens:18.0 - 55.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28.3 - 86.5 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:6 Apr 2013 - 3:42 PM
Focal Length:55mm
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Home to the Spiders
Username:Sone Sone
Uploaded:28 Apr 2013 - 9:43 AM
Tags:General, Spider, Spider and fly
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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2013 - 9:52 AM

Spiders webs with water on attract everyone. You would be better with an orb web or a denser example and a dark background so that the web and water droplets stand out. Simple compositions are all about strength and impact and contrast can give you that.

Paul

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7329 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom885 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2013 - 10:52 AM

Spiders' webs are a challenge. This was taken mid-afternoon, I think you'd get better results early morning, low sun catching the water droplets after dew has fallen overnight. You need a web with strong lines - orb or spiral weavers are best - and you need there to be not a breath of wind because focusing is critical. Then try setting exposure compensation to slightly underexpose, and focus manually. I think with your lens at 55mm your widest aperture will be f5.6? Use it, you'll get some degree of separation of subject and background.
This doesn't really have any shape, any strong lines, any composition. A bit of work on the light would enhance the sparkle in the droplets but wouldn't really make a picture.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 28 Apr 2013 - 10:56 AM

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 31125 forum posts United Kingdom192 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2013 - 2:17 PM

Working with what you had, I think trying to move so the web was more against the shadows would have been better. As you can see, half the image is out of focus bright wall, adding nothing to the picture.
It's often best with close ups like this to set the lens to minimum focus, then rock back and forth until what you want is in focus, especially as you have a shutter speed that is plenty fast enough for hand holding, though you could have reduced the ISO a little to improve quality.

Nick

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