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The Spider’s Eyes

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Ahh, the first of hopefully many macro shots to come! Of course, I cheated a little and photographed a dead spider (which then served as inspiration to write a little horror story). But in the winter, there’s not too many bugs to be found that are willing to sit around and let me experiment with their pictures.

This is a stacked photo, which means it’s actually a composite of several (sorry, I don’t remember how many) images taken with several, slightly different focuses. With this picture, you can see I’m still learning how to use the stacking software (there is some haloing around the legs that gives it away). I’m also trying to figure out how to light a subject so small — you can see my ring light’s reflection in the spider’s dead eyes, and in the shiny bits of its legs. I think I need to find some way to diffuse the light a bit better. Either that, or break out GIMP and heal out the really obvious light points when I heal out the specks of dirt on my sensor.

The Spider’s Eyes
12 March 2011
Westhampton Beach, NY

The First Post After a Long Hiatus

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So here I am, midway through May, posting for the first time since August. (Actually, it’s probably been longer, since the last scheduled-ahead-of-time post was in August.) Whoops.

The reasons for me not posting are many and boring; suffice it to say, I fell out of the habit. There were even a few months when I was not taking very many pictures — mostly towards the end of winter, when it rained on Every. Single. One. of my days off for two plus months. Thanks, Mother Nature!

But the return of spring and nicer weather has me dusting off my equipment. I’m out biking again, dodging the few folks to be found on Dune Road this early in the year. And I’ve got new equipment (which, regrettably, I’m still learning how to use) in my arsenal. Expect to see more macro shots, more insects and arachnids and tiny things less than a millimeter across. My obsession last summer turned out to be dragonflies, and I’m interested to see, now that I’ve got better equipment to photograph them with, if it will remain with them or translate to some other, smaller creature.

Written by Allison Frost

May 15, 2011 at 6:46 pm