According to the papers at the weekend, the weather this year has been perfect for spiders and the UK is now experiencing an explosion in the spider population thanks to the relatively warm (?) and temperate weather. Fortunately, I am in no way arachnophobic and I actually quite like them; however, my daughter is absolutely terrified of them and refused to go into the garden at the weekend after spotting the star of today’s picture sitting in its web strung between two garden canes.
In size, this spider was about the size of a 50-pence piece so quite a large specimen. Therefore, before removing it to a place of safety (as much for the spider’s benefit than my daughters) I thought I would try and capture it with my telephoto lens. As I have discussed previously, I don’t have a dedicated macro lens (but hope to in the next 2-3 weeks or so thanks to birthday and Christmas card winnings [should they ever turn up]) but my Sigma 70-300mm lens does have a macro function. I also used a tripod to take the picture as the spider was not moving and macro photography, more than any other form, is liable to dreaded camera shake.
It’s quite a clean image with not a great deal of colour but I do like the water droplets clinging to the web and the spider itself (it had been raining). Also, because I took it with a large aperture (f/4.0 for those that are interested) the brickwork behind the spider has blurred to a rather pleasing background colour. Comments welcome as ever.