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Little lady, guarding her home

By Paul_Iddon  
Well, not particularly little, she has a body about inch long, maybe a bit more perhaps, but with her legs the size was well over an inch. She (Tegenaria gigantea) lives underneath a bit of old paving stone covering the limestone chipping stones that make up the drive-space on the front of the house.

I only took five photo's cos the bloody moosus came back with the car so I had to get up off my knees to let her park up!

Anyway, ringflash used, on the Siggy 105, no tubes.


Tags: Macro Home Spider Close-up and macro Arachnid Guarding Canon eos 550d Paul Iddon

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Barney64 11 1 3
25 Jan 2012 7:31PM
One of the tricks I have started to use, and you can certainly do this with the 550D, is set the camera to a high ISO and a high shutter speed (1/1,000 sec is about right) and also the highest burst rate. Manual focus and f5.6. Approach the little critter really slowly until the rearmost part (or even the deepest background in a shot like this) is in sharp focus. Hit the button and back away very slowly until the front part has gone through and out of focus. Then edit out the totally unfocused images and blend the remainder together in a focus stacking program like "Zerene Stacker" (free trial and then costs next to nothing). The results can be amazing, especially when using a long macro lens really close-up. And, of course, you can isolate and selectively focus by taking some of the frames out before stacking.

Why f5.6? Because there is hardly a lens made that is not sharpest at f5.6 and using this technique you don't have to strive for a great depth of field in every frame.

Just imagine how this image would look with the front legs fully in focus too.
Paul_Iddon 15 58 England
25 Jan 2012 8:58PM
I use focus stacking sometimes Barney, but I also like to deliberately leave it with a selective focal point too. Both have their merits.
Tynnwrlluniau Plus
12 112 39 Wales
25 Jan 2012 10:02PM
You always impress me with your superb macro work, Paul and this is no exception. Great use of the narrow dof.
Paul_Iddon 15 58 England
25 Jan 2012 11:16PM
Thank you Alun, you're too kind!
Chinga Plus
11 112 3 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2012 6:44AM
Isn't she hairy? Grin Very good capture... Amazing image presented. IB

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