I had been watching this spider make its web near my kitchen sink but there was never any activity.
I had watched for the past week as the web got bigger and bigger each day.
Finally I had a recognizable respectable web.
Today the luck of the housefly I had been hunting for days ran out.
I snagged him with my flyswatter and he landed dazed onto the web.
It only took about 5 minutes before he was bundled up and probably digested.
Bundled up–A housefly I stunned with a flyswatter ends up bundled up and ready to be digested by my kitchen spider. ISO 100 1/250 sec @ f11. Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens.
What I Used
Let’s see what did I use:
Mustard Green vegetable, ginger, red chillies, chicken bones ..sorry that was dinner
- Canon 40D
- Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens (gives 1:1 life size image)
- Canon 580EX speedlite set as master
- Canon 430EX speedlite set as slave
Here’s a look at the web. All the pictures were taken using flash because
- at macro distances, the depth-of-field is extremely shallow.
- the spider web is so delicate, it even moved when I breathed a little hard on it. The flash was the only way to arrest the motion.
But using flash has its own set of challenges because at these macro distances, the light from my speedlite is too broad and unfocused.
It spills all over and lights up too much of the background introducing more clutter.
The Setup–My 430EX speedlite was set on manual and “â€œSlaveâ€” with power ratio set at 1/64th power. Again at these distances, getting f11 for ISO 100 is easy. The tricky part is how to channel the beam of light or narrow it. I moved the coffeemaker closer to the wall. My other flash the 580EX was on the camera hotshoe set on â€œMasterâ€ to trigger the 430EX.
So a quick and dirty fix was to move the coffeemaker to shield the area of the spider web and faucet.
The shiny faucet being closer to the flash would otherwise be over-exposed especially in the case of the 3rd picture above when I showed what the web looks like.