Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Week 18, Day 132, September 1, 2009, Copper Spider Web, Winner of week 18 in online viewer poll.

I went for a walk in the woods at around 6:00 PM. The sun was getting low in the sky, and it was fairly dark in the woods. I thought that it was dark, and that my photos would be worthless. While I walked along, I started noticing spider webs as the sun would poke through the leaves. I took a few photos, but would quickly loose the light. Just as I was leaving I noticed this one further up in a tree. I had to act quickly to get the photo with the golden sunlight reflecting through it. The effect produced a web that almost looks like it's made of copper.

Lessons Learned:
  • I'm am still very surprised by where I find photo opportunities. Many times, I have just about given up when I spot something.
Photo details: Exposure time 1/160, Aperture f/2.8, ISO 1600 (because I didn't have time to set up the tripod. I was loosing the light to quickly and had to act fast.), Focal Length 200 mm, 35 mm equivalent focal length 323mm, Lens Canon 70-200mm f2.8L USM, hand held.

Winner of Week 18 in online viewer poll.


RuneE said...

Spider-webs are fantastic subjects and changes very much with the lighting. I think you have caught the light very well, especially since the to lighted areas is on a diagonal from the corner.

PS Thank you for the comment! I used a telephoto-lens from a passing speedboat and had to crop it quite bit to get the composition I wanted. The lighting was harsh and I may have been fooled a bit by the autofocus - but we can't have it all.

Elizabeth Gilje said...

Wow, that is really cool! I just love the light reflecting on the webs. That was a discovery of mine this week, spiderwebs make really cool shots when the light is right.