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!
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