Shooting Spiders Drunk!!!…Not Safe for Arachnophobes

Discussion in 'Nature' started by kevinparis, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    Sitting outside the other night I was watching a spider build a web right by where I was sitting. Emboldened by the bottle of red wine I was working my way through I grabbed the E-M1 and the 50 mm 4/3 macro and the FLR600 as well as the little clip on flash… after a lot of fiddling with settings, positioning of camera and lights, and despite the wine induced wobbling of the camera I got a couple of half decent shots. Not quite National Geographic standard… maybe shooting at f22 wasn’t ideal…..but hey if you don’t try you don’t learn

    K


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  2. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    Thanks for all the thanks

    here are few more of Charlotte ( GF’s name for her/him!!!)

    these were shot at f8… seem sharper… definitely think I had hit the dreaded diffraction limit at f22

    stlll standing on a chair holding the flash in one hand and the camera in another its all a bit hit and miss

    sadly I bumped the web and now charlotte is not speaking to me…

    K


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  3. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Is Charlotte the GF or the spider?

    Nice shots anyhow Kevin.
     
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  4. Just Jim

    Just Jim Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 20, 2011
    Haha. Usually when I shoot on the tipsy side f22 or or f2 they're still blurry. Good shots. Only thing I wonder, are you upside down, or is the spider?
     
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  5. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    That was disappointing. I thought the spiders were drunk.
     
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  6. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    the spider was upside down.... I wasn't that drunk that I was taking photos standing on my head :)

    K
     
  7. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    sorry to disappoint.... do you have any suggestions on how to get a spider drunk?.... to me it seemed easier if one of us had to be drunk then it should be me :)

    K
     
  8. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    thanks

    Charlotte is the spiders given name from my GF.... I would have called him Boris.... but then again I am an old Who fan!!!

    K
     
  9. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    It would be interesting to see them try to stagger on eight legs.
     
  10. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    IBIS is great for wine wobbles. Flash is even better! I suggest some hair and modelling spots to really bring out her 'personality'... especially the 'fluid sucking murderess' parts. Them's the only parts my wife notices anyway.