This is a little web weaving spider. It is about the size of a pinky finger nail legs and all and they are very challenging subjects.
Because it has a lot of translucent qualities, lighting was difficult to control between blowing out the highlights and being too dark overall. The colored paper that I use for a background acquires tonal changes due to it being less than perfectly flat when placed in the rear of the diffuser when using subdued lighting.
Thanks in advance to all that view and for your comments and suggestions.
Dramatic and effective photo! Not a spider guy, but a difficult one, I think, to ID.
I think you may have been a bit tough on yourself. This shot looks good to me. There is much detail and sharp.
This is a little web weaving spider. It is about ... (
The Golden Nature Guide has the Pirate spider eyes similar.
They sneak up on and bite the web's owner, then eating it.
Your weather still wet? We have had a streak of cool, sunny days. About to end with heat. Well, it is summer.
I have been out every other day or so. Plenty of interesting subjects.
Have been trying a 500mm lens with 20mm of tube. It is allowing close shots from a couple of meters to about 20m. My problem is focus. Need new glasses. Have started to bracket my focus, that helps.
A box of specimens will go out soon. Shipped wet, with a bit of hand sanitizer in a small screw cap containers. You may find use for the containes, so keep them.
The other thing I am working with is flash. I have a bracket to get a small flash at the front of the lens. So far so good. Now need to fine tune. That has gotten rid of most of the shake problem. The flash is under $40 to my door. It is fast recovering, only two AA batteries, and nice and light.
The rig is not unwieldy like a lot I see. A picture, then up and out. Never know what may be waiting.
Good day, Gary.
Taken with tablet, terrible photos. Since day one I have been disappointed.
Bill, thanks for the response and the ID of my little spider.
Weather here has been the strangest that I can recall with most days bringing rain of some degree. Rivers are still holding above flood stage and several of the parks that I frequent with my camera have been closed for months now. The ground around here is like walking on a sponge.
On the bright side it's good for the the plants (other than those underwater) and the trees should have a good growth season and anything that eats gnats and mosquitoes has an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Bill, your off camera flash should produce good results for what you have in mind. I recently did the same thing and put a mini foldable softbox on it and frankly, I think it works as well as my dedicated dual head flash system.
Gary, specimens on the way.