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Sodden Spiders

By NDODS    
After a lot of help and advice from Ade and Annette following a debate regarding the macro prowess of the Tamrom 90 SP Di 1:2.8 Macro Lens, I had a play with mine in the back garden. I set the lens to the 'Full' position and open the lens right up to its limit, then went hunting. Julie had just finished watering the plants, when I stumbled across this tiny spider in his or her web, which were in turn covered in microscopic water droplets. I immediately went to play, and this was one of my first attempt suing the settings Ade and Annette so kindly provided me with. Thanks guys, I know I have still got a long way to go, I will try Butterflies next, however we don't seem to get many in our garden... "any ideas?"

Thanks to you all for you wonderful comments and kind words following yesterdays upload. I shall be around only a very short time again today, as I have got to go see myCBIT chap in Tonbridge Wells.

Regards Nathan.

Tags: World Minute Close-up and macro Tiny Detail Microscopic

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
27 Jul 2012 7:35AM
An excellent capture, Nathan, and I love your presentation. Regarding butterflies, try planting a couple of buddleia bushes Smile Carol

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
27 Jul 2012 7:43AM
Fantastic and lovely macro shot,very well done,
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 7:48AM
Lovely tiny scenes in those moisture droplets, a good macro and so well presented.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
27 Jul 2012 7:49AM
Very nice , lovely lil' droplets.
Butterflies? The method to attract them is leave the grass alone and make sure there are enough scabious, clover and buck weed. Thyme and marjolain are loved by all the blues.
The also love cosmos and daisies. We just hav wild corner in the garden and I take half of my pics there.

Look at my PF and tell me what you think of my 'method '... Reg setting I use 400iso or more to get some f 11
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
27 Jul 2012 8:17AM
Your settings have created a very small dof, Nathan, which has captured some of the water drops perfectly. As Annette says, f11 would give you more depth but you would probably need a tripod for a slow shutter speed, or increase the Iso accordingly.

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 8:23AM
I love those water droplets on his little legs!! Look forward to seeing more of these from you Nathan.
Tibetan 5 3 England
27 Jul 2012 8:44AM
These sodden spiders are every where lol. keep walking into their webs, Well done Nathan nice one, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
jdinne 15 16 England
27 Jul 2012 8:45AM
Stunning Nathan and like above those water droplets are superb. Love the presentation.

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 8:46AM
Fantastic image Nathan, i locve the water droplets

27 Jul 2012 8:50AM
It turns out the spiders, too, can be beautiful... Wink Very good macro!Smile
Regards, Valery
vickyf 12 8 8 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 9:01AM
Beautiful image. I think the shallow dof works brilliantly. Re butterflies, I plant just about every butterfly friendly plant but have hardly seen any this year. I'm useless at photographing them anyway! Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 9:07AM
This is brilliant, so delicate and fleeting. The presentation is an original addition in this case, it seems to convey the ephemeral nature of life. But I'd be interested to see the image full size, without the frame.
sable 10 9 7 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 9:50AM
A very nice piece of macro work and interestingly presented - Elizabeth xx
wnbeat 12 56 Scotland
27 Jul 2012 9:58AM
Butterflies, I have to chase them all over !! Lavender, and Hebe's they seem to love !! Smile An interesting image Nathan, I mustinvest in a proper macro lens

Metro6R4 7 3 1 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 10:18AM
Love the water droplets, gives impact to the image.......... Paul.
KingBee Plus
12 529 2 Scotland
27 Jul 2012 10:33AM
Excellent macro work.


TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
27 Jul 2012 10:35AM
Lovely capture, Nathan, not the easiest subject this macro stuff! Wink
Trev Smile
27 Jul 2012 10:35AM
never easy macro for me as have a bit of a shakey mitt Nathan but once you get used to macro the results are very rewarding.
Love the water droplets and the presentation
As has been said above a higher F no. will give you much better depth but you would porbably be best using a tripod for me i normally also prefer to manually focus i find i get better results....

Trust all is well and you have a trouble free weekend

27 Jul 2012 11:02AM
I like the presentation.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
27 Jul 2012 11:42AM
Some great advice Nathan, just remember one thing! The closer you go to the subject, the greater the magnification and then very shallow depth of field so having to go sometimes to f32 just to get part of the subject in focus, hope this helps, like the water droplets like diamonds.


Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 12:01PM
Original... beautiful.... and very well composed. IB
Herge88 11 40 4 England
27 Jul 2012 12:20PM
Great capture, and I love the frame although I'm not sure it suits the subject.

Best Matt
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 1:03PM
Plant a budlia really attracts butterflies
but as long as you keep that spider there, I like this image
brilliantly shot Nathan
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
27 Jul 2012 1:26PM
Great work mate. - gary
exposure Plus
14 5.8k England
27 Jul 2012 3:13PM
A lovely image tones & presentation Nathan.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
27 Jul 2012 3:31PM
Excellent shot, Nathan with those droplets! I love the presentation in V1 but yeah, a deeper depth of field would work better. Also love the title Grin

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 4:04PM
Thanks for uploading V2 (and for the pm), it's very simply beautiful.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
27 Jul 2012 4:30PM
I don't mind the frame Nathan !!
Good work.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
27 Jul 2012 5:01PM
Really cute. And I love those soft tones and drops of water. Smile
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
27 Jul 2012 5:51PM
An astonishing image-- this works so very well---

We are recovering from a very wet and thunderous storm-- internet is also recovering--- but I still have the link-- will get to it soon!
Like the frames!
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
27 Jul 2012 8:54PM
Great shot
pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 10:24PM
Nice presentation and a good capture on your first try, like the droplets Nathan, Peter..
Humblebee 5 1 England
27 Jul 2012 10:37PM
V1 has a better colour than v2, and to me appears a little clearer - love the water drops, and look forward to seeing more macro shots ... Carol
28 Jul 2012 6:41PM
Very well done, I am having the same problems you had with the Tamron so I will be following the advice too.
6 3 8 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2012 7:41AM
Great shot. The water droplets look amazing!Smile
LexEquine 12 19 United States
30 Jul 2012 9:20PM
'Two superbly rendered Color Images,' Nathan~

Stay Well.~~

Ciao~ Peter Wink
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
2 Aug 2012 1:07PM
details in #2 (water drops) are beautiful too...

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