Friday, 16 April 2010

Aren’t Jumping Spider Spiders Amazing Models?

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My Minolta 100mm f2.8 macro lens is proving to be a revelation of sorts, and with its help, I present to you, what I think is my best jumping spider shots so far.

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Of course there are a lot of similarities between the macro lens and the bellows setup I was using earlier, like providing additional lighting and using small apertures to maximise depth of field, but the Macro lens is oh so much more convenient.

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Anyway, this little fellow was hunting on a Papaya tree leaf when I photographed him… Jumping spiders are just so photogenic.

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In addition, I`m not sure if its aggression, curiosity or plain defensive behaviour, but when I approach them, they turn around and face the camera as if to strike a pose….what more could a model do?

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The above image is a 1:1 shot without cropping. Below is an out of focus image of the spider jumping when my shutter fired.

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I love jumping spiders, so watch this space, there's going to be plenty more coming along!

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