Thursday, September 15, 2011

Photographing Spider Webs

Nature's Weavings

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.

What an exciting and interesting photo-adventure this day has been.  I love it when I am drawn to an area and not knowing what to expect I get treated to new experiences. 

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