Been digging up some older photos related to nature for something that i’ve been working on the past 2 weeks…If everything goes as planned i’ll be able to share more details in the beginning of next week!
p.s. Does anybody know the scientific name of this mushroom?
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.
I used to find this bug only in its brown variation and when i saw this one i fell in love. Purple is my favorite color anyhow. I took this photo with my Canon 450D, using an old manual Jupiter 135mm lens with extension tubes. Aperture was set at f/8, shutter speed at 1/200s and iso 100, on-camera flash was also used. This might not be one of my best macro shots but i can’t help to love the color!
Isn’t that cute? 🙂 I always had a fascination with macro photography. It unveils a world full of details and textures that our eyes alone cannot see. But what can you do when you don’t have the equipment needed? I started off by using close up filters on my 18-55mm kit lens. For a beginner it was ok but i did notice losing a lot of detail, that’s what happens when you stack 3 more cheap elements on an already cheap lens. I cannot afford a dedicated macro lens so i’m mainly working with the two cheapest solutions that don’t mess with image quality: extension tubes and a lens reversal ring. This particular photo has been shot using a Canon 350D with the 18-55mm reversed, using a cheap reversal ring i bought on ebay. As you can see you can get incredibly close and and still get a lot of detail.
Next week i’ll be making a post about macro photography and will share with you some tips and tricks you can use to get better photos. Stay tuned 😉
I found this amazing spider next to my house An excellent model since it didn’t move around a lot. I had enough time to set my camera on a tripod and use an A4 paper behind the spider to cut out the distracting background.