Golden Banded Garden Spider (Banded Argiope)

Banded Argiope Spider 23.09.2013
Banded Argiope Spider | 23.09.2013


Another Banded Argiope spider that i found laying around at some blackberry bushes next to my house. This photo was taken at sundown so i used a ring flash to illuminate the spider. Again i used the trick of placing a black piece of paper behind the spider to cut out the annoying background and make the spider web more visible.

Canon 60D, Sigma AF 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC macro HSM, Shutter speed: 1/200s, Aperture: f/8, Iso: 640

  It’s still windy here. Hence the shutter speed and the not so great depth of field. The spider it self doesn’t move if not poked, so i could have used a slower shutter speed and an aperture of f22+ to maybe get the web focused too. This is the last of the 6 spiders i had located around my house…and unfortunately i don’t think it will be here for much longer.

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4 thoughts on “Golden Banded Garden Spider (Banded Argiope)

    1. Thank you! 😀 I would have wished to have some more depth of field…but it was impossible with this wind. I bought a cheap led ring flash from ebay and tried it out with this photo. Doesn’t really help much…It works as a constant light also and it barely illuminates anything. You have to get very close to your object to see any real difference but for the money i didn’t expect anything great.

    1. Thank you very much for your comment Mark! 🙂 I chose to place a black piece of paper behind the spider, since i shot this from a very low angle you would actually see the sky in the background and the web wasn’t visible at all.

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