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Today’s image is all about the background!  

When I first noticed this teeny-tiny spider, I was on the opposite side shooting in the direction of the bright sun, attempting to capture the threads of the web as they glistened like golden strands. They really were quite stunning but, try as I may, the background color and pattern was simply yucky no matter what angle or aperture setting I used. Sigh.

"Jultagi" (Green Garden Spider) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/5, 1/320s, -0.7EV, ISO 640

So, I moved my setup to the other side to see if the background improved. To be honest, I really couldn’t tell as now the sun was over my shoulder making LCD viewing virtually impossible! All I could do at this point was shoot away and hope for the best.  

No idea where all these interesting colors are coming from but I am not one to question life’s little photographic surprises! I love how the web looks like some cosmic galaxy spinning in the background. Pretty darn cool, huh? 🙂

While photographing this fairly ordinary yellow daffodil, a tiny eight-legged critter came crawling up over the top petal and began to pose for the camera. There she sat, just lookingat me as if to lay claim to the flower!

“Charlotte’s Daffodil” (Daffodil with Spider), Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/11, 1/160s, +0.3EV, ISO 640, Built-in Front Curtain TTL Flash, Silver Efex Pro ‘Overexpose EV +1’ Filter w/Vignette

And Boom! just likethat, the image instantly became more interesting!

I decided to convert to b&w to eliminate some distracting elements as well as further enhance the nice contrast between flower and spider. The soft vignette simply provides the perfect finishing touch. 

Thank you, tiny visitor! 🙂

Even the spidersin Florida are colorful! 🙂

“Dream Weaver” (Yellow Jewelled Spider, Female, Gasteracantha minax aka Spiny Orb Weaver) Nikon D700, 105mm, F/5, 1/250s, -0.7EV, ISO 400


"Entangled" (Female European Garden Spider aka Cross Spider) Nikon D300, 105mm, F/8, 1/80s, -0.7EV, ISO 640

In her haste to reach a newly trapped fly, this European Garden Spider ended up a little tangled herself!

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