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:
- Approach the subject from below so that it looms large in the photograph.
- Arrange a backdrop to complement the colors of the organism.
- Diffuse the light to really bring out the character of the spider’s captivating eyes.
- 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:
Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 7D
ISO 200, f/13, 1/160 sec, diffuse twin flash