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A Few Spiders and a Moth - Nature Closeups

A Few Spiders and a Moth - Nature Closeups

Green Spider Eating it’s Prey

This photo was taken in a forest in Magoebaskloof in South Africa. I was walking on a pathway in the forest and I almost walked into this spider and its web spanning across the pathway. This green spider was busy eating an insect it just caught. 

I had my macro lens already on and ready to shoot. I immediately took a few photos from far and moved closer. This photo was not the closest of the set of photos but I chose this photo as the winner of the set as it was the best in focus.

I took bursts of photos to ensure at least one of them is perfectly in focus. When shooting macro the depth of field is can be very shallow making it difficult to hold the camera still and the subject in focus. Just a slight movement and the focus can shift quite a bit. The light was not the best so I had a relatively small aperture and shallow depth of field. 

This photo was taken in December 2014 with a Canon 5D MkIII and TAMRON SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Macro.

Camera Settings: f/4.0, 1/250 seconds and ISO 1600

Closeup of Big Moth on a Window

This photo of the big moth was taken on the window of a house in the Magoebaskloof forest where I was staying. I used a flash with a small softbox on. This photo was taken in a similar way as the photo I took of a grasshopper. I explained the method in detail in a previous post.

Basically I held the flash with the small softbox on, in my left hand and with my right hand held the camera. I tried to get as close as possible without scaring away the moth. 

This photo was taken in December 2014 with a Canon 5D MkIII and TAMRON SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Macro.

Camera Settings: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds and ISO 200

Small Spider on a Rock

This small spider was found on a rock covered with moss in a forest in Magoebaskloof. This photo was taken at closest focusing distance giving a 1:1 life size photo on my full frame camera. The lens was set to its biggest aperture of f/2.8 giving a very shallow depth of field at such a close focus distance. 

This photo was taken in December 2014 with a Canon 5D MkIII and TAMRON SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Macro.

Camera Settings: f/2.8, 1/320 seconds and ISO 1250

Spider with Long Legs

This spider with long legs was on the roots of a tree in the forest in Magoebaskloof next to the pathway I was walking on. A very interesting looking spider I thought. There was quite a variety of spiders in this forest.

This photo was taken in December 2014 with a Canon 5D MkIII and TAMRON SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Macro.

Camera Settings: f/8.0, 1/160 seconds and ISO 3200

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