Sunday, October 16, 2016

Playing with Macro

This Orb Weaver, (European Garden Spider, Araneus diadematus I believe) decided to spin a web outside of our window in Santa Cruz.  Every few days it would rebuild the web, either due to wind destroying it or because of damage due to prey.

The body is around 1 - 1.5 inches long, and just to make shooting the photo difficult, she sits with the top of her body facing the window. 

In order to get this shot, I used my Canon 7D, Rokinon 85 mm lens at f.8, 31 mm extension tube, and a 600 EX flash on camera. All of this was on a large Manfrotto tripod, wedged in the 10 inch gap between the window and the furthest reaches of the web.

In addition, because the Rokinon is manual focus, I had to be careful as the wind was starting to move her around quite a bit.

This image is almost the full frame of the camera, which means if I wanted to, I could print this to poster size, but that would probably be a bit too scary.