A walk through the yard on a September morning with my D90 and Nikon 150mm 2.8 macro lens finds just the right type of lighting for photographing spider webs.
From my experience, early morning seems to have the best lighting to catch the sun's reflection on the delicate strands. If you live in an area where there is humidity, you might also find drops of dew accenting the web, however this is a very rare phenomenon in the high desert of Nevada.
A wide aperture helps to blur the background so that the focus remains sharp on the web. I find that auto focus does not work as well as manual focusing to bring out the small strands.
As with most of my macro, I will use a tripod which holds the camera steady so I can concentrate on setting up my shot for the best composition.
Firing the flash when the area is in shadows can bring out some interesting details.
Please remember when out photographing nature to take only photos and leave only memories. Always be respectful of the creatures that make their home in the wild.
With my Nikon and tripod, my goal is to recreate the scene as it appears in nature, to preserve in a photographic image the awesome, yet simplistic beauty of the scene that waits around a bend or over a hill. Sometimes it's a colorful landscape, and many times I'm allowed in the presence of the numerous creatures that adapt to life in the wild.
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