The first butterflies of 2014 have been noticed and photographed yet (not by me) and due to the nice temperatures also other creatures came alive. On the wall around my window I found some ‘hungry’ Zebra jumping spiders (Salticus scenicus). As I caught a bad cold and because I know how difficult it is to photograph these little monsters when they are in action, I hesitated but my desire for a perfect photo was stronger. Again I took the MP-E 65 mm and tried to find them back in my viewfinder. Everybody who is using this lens knows where I’m talking about.
One spider was sitting on the ground and although the sun was shining, with a distance of a few centimetres it was a hide and seek game.
Not the perfect photo I’m dreaming of, but satisfied with my first jumping spider of 2014.
Sorry, but I couldn’t resist to photograph them again. This one was sitting very low on the window and did not move at all. I looked for minutes after the spider and I was considering if and how I will manage to photograph him without tripod. I took a small cardboard box and put my tie under the camera for a little change in height. It worked perfect as long as the spider was sitting in the same position. I took a few photo’s when I noticed the green in the background and at that time the spider started moving around as he was missing the warmth of the sun. That was the end of this photo session.
Do you have any idea what caused the green colour in the background? One thing I can give away: it’s not the Northern light!
Canon 7D; small cardboard box; remote release; MP-E 65 mm (1,5x), 1/125s at F9.0 and ISO100
More recent photo’s of the Zebra jumpers can be found in my gallery Jumping Spiders (Portfolio -> Jumping Spiders).
A few days after I came out of hospital I was sitting outside, enjoying the warmth of the sun and the awakening of nature when I first saw them.....’my’ jumping spiders. Of course they are not mine but last autumn I almost photographed them daily that I feel a certain connection with them (Portfolio -> Jumping Spiders) .
A few days ago I saw two Zebra jumping spiders (Salticus scenicus) sitting on my window/door frame. I took the MP-E 65 mm and while I was busy to find one of the spiders in my viewfinder, I was wondering if this lens is a blessing or a curse. I messed around with my tripod (I could not find a solid position as I had to move very close to the frame) and every time when I had a decent and sharp composition, the spider moved a bit.....I was close giving it up as my physical condition is not very well yet....fortunately I did not and suddenly the spider was cooperative for a moment!
Canon 7D; tripod; remote release; MP-E 65 mm (2x), 1/125s at F9.0 and ISO500
If you have never seen that kind of spider before, please be aware that they measures only about 5 till 7 millimetres. To photograph them like this means that the distance between the spider and the lens is only a few centimetres and that not much light is available.
The spider (surely frightened) is looking up to me and it’s facial expression (especially the eyes) has an irresistible charm.....they are lovely......so I will not stop photographing them!
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.