I don’t know what it is with the spiders out here, but they are huge!  This one, Charlotte, likes to hang out on our patio.  One afternoon she built a web, the following day it blew down, that evening she built a web, that night it rained and destroyed the web, and the following day she built a new one.  I figured after all that work she had better get photographed.  I picked up my camera and my FL-50 boomstick flash and went to town.  My wife freaked out when she saw me behind my 50mm fixed macro lens about 3 inches away from this gargantuan spider.  Normally I would not be caught dead that close to a free standing spider in the wild, but when it comes to photography, I will do just about anything to get the perfect picture!

I am not sure what type of spider this is, I know she is in the Orb Weaver family.  You can tell by the type of orb like web they weave.  I tried to look it up but there are apparently 3000 species of Orb Weaver.  Who really cares, with a family name like Orb Weaver you don’t need a first name!


I will be posting helpful hints for macro flash photography on Friday.  I went to Photoshop World and took about 7 speed light related classes to better acquaint myself with flash photography, as you can see it helped!  I will share what I have learned so far and several ways you can integrate these single exposures into your HDR workflow.  Be sure not to miss this tutorial, I bare all of my secrets for the making of these photos!

Blake Rudis
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