Spider Eyes

Phidippus jumping spider (Urbana, Illinois)

One of the joys of our BugShot 2011 photo workshop was learning spider photography from the brilliant young Thomas Shahan. To capture this image of a local Phidippus jumping spider, I drew from four of Thomas’s pointers:

  1. Approach the subject from below so that it looms large in the photograph.
  2. Arrange a backdrop to complement the colors of the organism.
  3. Diffuse the light to really bring out the character of the spider’s captivating eyes.
  4. Patience! This photo session took about an hour of experimentation and many mediocre shots before I captured the winner.

Here’s a less magnified view of the subject:

photo details:
Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 7D
ISO 200, f/13, 1/160 sec, diffuse twin flash