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!