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Macro Spider shots

Hi there Everyone!

I would be interested in your opinions of these shots of a Spider who lives on our trampoline. He's very tolerant and doesn't mind my photos or the kids bouncing.

It's quite rare for him to be on the outside of his web, normally he hides between his web and the mesh on the trampoline, but this time I could get him:-

E-30 in Manual, ISO 400 at1/160th and f13 with ring flash and sigma 105mm



Here is a 100% crop of a near identical picture taken at f8



And a couple of shots a day later whilst he was having his lunch:-



and a 50% crop of a 1:1 image of his meal:-



Thankyou for looking, and any help or improvements / technique advice gratefully received!

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Re: Macro Spider shots

Hello Ralph. Your second shot is excellent John.
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Re: Macro Spider shots

These are good Ralph the only thing that would make a real difference IMO would be to improve the background. I know this is difficult when on your own but for smaller subjects holding a leaf behind them works and yes that does mean shooting one handed.

I have done this as suggested to me on another forum.

Beyond that have diffused the flash in any way?
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Re: Macro Spider shots

Hi there Alf!

On this occasion it would have been near impossible to get anything behind the spider to improve the background - the web was about 1 inch in front of the mesh of the trampoline and at least a foot square. The Flash was my starblitz ring flash set to auto, which has no diffuser with it.

Do you think that a piece of white paper attached to the lens of the flash would help diffuse the light, or would this cause other problems. My other thought would be a piece of translucent plastic of some description which I could clip on in some way. I wouldn't want to increase the size of the flash in any way, as the problem I am finding is that when photographing the spiders on their webs is not catching the web with the flash ring and destroying it, it may be time to switch to a diffuser like yours and then I can use my Metz 44 and use TTL metering too.

Thanks for your help, I had been hoping you would comment !

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Re: Macro Spider shots

Ralph spiders are tough to shoot as you say because of the web etc.

As for diffusion look HERE there are some great tips in that lot and mostly low cost.
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Re: Macro Spider shots

It is a female Araneus diadematus. You didn't quite get the eyes in good focus.

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Re: Macro Spider shots

I would make a diffuser,makes quite a difference.
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Re: Macro Spider shots

2nd image is best & nice & sharp on the eyes
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Re: Macro Spider shots

Ralph - I prefer the first image for overall sharpness and pose.
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