« on: October 02, 2012, 12:07:02 PM »
Hey Cg..the spider was hanging dead center in its web that dropped down from a rain gutter. I'm 6'1 and it was about 3 inches above eye level. I needed ultimate precision so I placed the 5D3 with MP-E 65, MT 24EX, a macro rail and gorilla arms for the flash heads all on a fairly heavy duty bogen 3021 with a manfrotto HDV701 video head. This allowed a lot of flexibility of forward, side, up and down mobility and it was quite bulky and heavy so the tripod was the way to go. After getting the female in focus the wind was swaying the web back and forth with quick moments of calmness. It was those moments where I seized the opportunity to snap a few shots. This was over the course of 15 minutes or so with extreme patience I must say (it was hot that day). The female did hit the lens a few times as it rocked back and forth in the wind but seemed undaunted. I was about 2 inches or so away from the web at 3.5x zoom. Perhaps I could have increased the exposure a bit but was we all know, photos are viewed by each differently. I thought all things considered the ambient light was well balanced with the front legs being a wee bit brighter than the fang area as of course the object was anything but linear. Hope that helps.
Sounds fun! =-) really nice job on the shot. its great