Shooting Spiders and Webs.


 

Spiders And Their Webs.

Spiders are to some a complete nightmare but to others they are beautiful creatures. I myself do not really mind them, but I do not like to have then crawling all over me, which does happen quite often. But as far as photography and my paintography is concerned, they are great subjects to shoot.

Spider Webs in the Everglades Grass at Dawn.
Spider Webs in the Everglades Grass at Dawn.

Shoot Webs at Dawn.

in the early morning light spider webs can really stand out but as the sun climbs higher into the sky they slowly become invisible. This shot above I took on a dawn photo walk with my friend Meg Roucher we went back an hour later no spider webs could be seen. The light makes them disappear.

Spider Webs in the early morning light
Spider Webs in the early morning light

Spiders in Action.

Spiders are very patient ambush predators, and anything that gets tangled in a spiders web has little chance of escape. Once the spider feels the webs vibrations as the victim struggles, it attacks with blinding speed. Sometime biting and sometimes it rapidly cocoons the victim in a silken shroud of death.

Golden Orb Weaver Spider attacks a Dragonfly
Golden Orb Weaver Spider attacks a Dragonfly

Spider Attack.

Spiders will attack anything that gets in the web no matter how big it might be, that includes photographers. I have had many bites on the arms and legs when crawling through the grass looking for them. Most spiders are harmless to humans and their bites just cause a local swelling, but some can be very serious indeed.

Green Lynx Spider attacks a Dragonfly
Green Lynx Spider attacks a Dragonfly

Green Lynx Spider.

This is an ambush predator that does not build a web, it uses it’s green color to blend in with leaves and stalks of plants, it is non poisonous but it’s bite is quite painful to humans, I know from experience, so just be careful when crawling through the grass looking for this one.


 

Spiders will attack creatures much bigger than themselves
Spiders will attack creatures much bigger than themselves

Shooting Spiders.

Shooting spiders is best done at dawn like I said earlier, but they can be photographed at anytime as they will feed anytime they catch something, or maybe wrap it up and keep it for later. When you have found your spider look around for the best angle, and if it is in a web look how the light is reacting with the silk.

Shoot your spider with the best angle and light
Shoot your spider with the best angle and light

Look For The Best Angles.

Try not to get the web all burned out by the light, look for it’s clarity. Look very carefully from all angles, and pay a lot of attention at what will be making your background bokeh this can make or break an image. Get your exposure and focus right and take a lot of shots you can choose the best ones later.

Shooting spiders and getting the best light.
Take lots of shots from many angles

Spiders are Beautiful.

Spiders come in all shapes, sizes and colors and they really are beautiful in their webs, they are excellent subjects. If you can get some shots with dew drops on the silken strands.

Look for Dew Drops on the Silken Strands
Look for Dew Drops on the Silken Strands

Shooting The Webs.

When you are shooting the spiders web, try and get interesting angles, do not be in a hurry here, take your time and think creatively  look for the different angles to shoot from to make the shots interesting and different. Look for attractive shapes and remember the background is just as important.

Shoot the Webs from Different View Points
Shoot the Webs from Different View Points

Spiders Time Warp.

The picture above is a good example of a different view point to see it from. I call this one the spiders time warp as it look like one of those pictures you see of black holes in space. So try and shoot from an angle it would not normally be seen from. Spend some time looking and take a lot of shots.

Spiders and their webs are beautiful
Spiders and their webs are beautiful

Silken Strands and Sunlight.

Sometime your web shots may just be of a few silken strands that create a special kind of image that is interesting because it is different. Like the shot below of the pine needles caught in a few strands and twirling in the sunlight. As it turned it caught the light and as I looked all around it from all sides.

Just a few Silken Strands
Just a few Silken Strands

When you are ready to go post them on Google Plus to Spider Sunday or Webby Wednesday.

More of my Spider Photos.

More of my Spider Web Photos.


 

 

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