tonyawilhelm
tonyawilhelm

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in my home this winter in Northumberland, Pa.
Time
I found this spider scurrying around the living room side table early one morning. Because I am an active macro photographer, my family notifies my of bugs/spiders in our home in the winter rather than squishing them. My kids had showed me this jumping spider a few days earlier, but I was too busy to grab my camera. When I saw him climbing onto my potted spider plant (funny coincidence) I decided it was time to get a good image of him.
Lighting
I had strong window light coming in from the left and added a soft box on the right to create a nice even quality of light for this shot.
Equipment
Camera: NIKON D810 with my Sigma Macro 150 lens Aperture: f/8 ISO: 250 Exposure: 1/160
Inspiration
I photograph lots of insects and spiders, but this jumping spider had a really great black and white striping on his legs. Jumping spiders have a lot a personality and seem to be a favorite among macro photographers.
Editing
I rarely do any post work to nature shots outside of minor tweaking to color balance and sharpness. This already had some amazing soft color in the background to it worked well without any fancy post work.
In my camera bag
I shoot with a Nikon D800 and D810. My favorite lenses are my Sigma Macro, 70-200mm, 85mm, 50mm and I have several other lenses depending on the job. I almost always use a tripod for macro work.
Feedback
Tripods are a must for macro. Most macro lenses have a very limited depth of field so it is important to have a good light source to be able to control your settings to get the sharpness and quality of light that you want.

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