Webnesday (39)

For the past several days I have been watching a beautiful orb weaver building, consuming, and re-building a web just outside our bedroom window.  This evening, after answering post comments, I decided to see if I could make a portrait photo. There’s a lot of vegetation that prevents intimate access, so I had to use a secure tripod and my long lens at its extreme (300 mm) and employ the on-camera flash, because it was already deep twilight, and there was barely enough light to focus manually. I made about ten shots, and Neoscona? 2241only one gave me decent detail (probably because she was busily manipulating and chewing on the yellow jacket that had had the ultimate misfortune of trying to make a pass through her web).  I’ll try to make a better shot tomorrow, when there’s more natural light.


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15 Responses to Webnesday (39)

  1. Sometimes flash with a macro subject creates a washed-out look, but the spider in your portrait looks natural enough. “Natural” doesn’t apply to the red background, which still makes for a nice contrast with your subject.

    • krikitarts says:

      Can’t confirm the macro aspect, since I shot from at least 6 feet away, but Lightroom helped a lot with the color balance. As for the red background, that’s the best I could do to try to get a sort-of dorsal view for possible ID, and the side of the house was just there. If I’d tried to get any more of an angle to eliminate the red, all I’d have gotten would have been a silhouette. As I said, I’ll try to revisit her tomorrow. Thanks for that!

      • I used the word “macro” advisedly, knowing that your lens was zoomed to 300mm, because the result was similar to what I imagined you’d get with a 100mm macro lens from a couple of feet away. Sometimes we accept a less-than-ideal background for the sake of a better subject. I prefer a natural background and usually manage to get one, but one example where I had to settle for a human element was the photograph I showed recently of a fawn on my front lawn.

      • krikitarts says:

        Yes, I remember that well, and the fence behind the fawn didn’t bother me in the slightest. One takes what one can get with the available conditions.

      • Likewise with your spider: the red didn’t bother me.

  2. shoreacres says:

    The blood-red background’s dramatic; no question about that, but it certainly sets off the details you were able to capture. And the reminder about using flash is good. I’ve not delved into that yet, and I need to. I discovered a golden silk spider the other day, but it had set up housekeeping in a fairly gloomy neighborhood. If it’s still there this weekend, flash may help get a decent photo of it.

    Figuring out what spiders are up to isn’t always easy — at least, for me. I did laugh at one a couple of weeks ago that was trundling up a window with something in tow. Eventually, it got to a corner of a pane, and within about 15 minutes secured its treasure. When I got up the next morning and looked, there wasn’t anything there. No “something,” no silk, no spider. I suspect a midnight snack.

  3. krikitarts says:

    Well, that would be pretty anemic blood, but I take your point for sure, and thank you for it. And, ooooh, midnight snacks–now, that could propagate a potential plethora of posting possibilities. I just happen to be having one as I write this (although midnight is still 64 minutes away, but bedtime is fast approaching), which consists of bite-size chunks of real parmigiano reggiano and top-quality (smoky teriyaki) beef strips. I suspect that I’ll have interesting dreams tonight.

  4. No doubt your spider, after consuming its treasure, went off looking for greener pastures.

    • krikitarts says:

      I’m really surprised that I did get one with this amount of detail, as she was frequently turning the wasp this way and that and hardly ever really holding still. Thanks a lot!

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