Rain-soaked funnel web on the lawn of Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT. The tunnel can be seen in the center. I think this is probably the web of a grass spider, like the one that visited my office last November, or maybe a wolf spider.
A closer view of the tunnel.
The silk is so fine that it’s invisible and it looks like the droplets are levitating. Any prey will probably not see it in good weather, and the spider will jump out and grab it as soon as the web is disturbed. The silk also seems to create a screen effect that sharpens the edges in the photo and intensifies the contrasts.
When you know your camera’s disadvantages, you can use them to your advantage. I’ve found mine has trouble focusing on small bright shiny objects for macros. Too close and it wants me to turn on the flash. Turn on the flash and it won’t focus on the object, or it’ll wash it out.
For this photo I managed to balance all the exceptions to get a spacey science fictiony new agey album/book cover of an orb, slightly out of focus. With the albedo, it looks like it could be a moon of a gas giant.
I used a frosted glass marble on white paper in low lighting with the flash off. No editing was done except for the signature.
Lupinus polyphyllus. In the courtyard of Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.
The bokeh in this shot is amazing. It’s almost like virtual reality, with everything around the flower defocused and just the flower is focused in the center. It also gives the impression of a safari shot, with the elusive wild lupine finally being captured on camera.
Working with tiny paper cutouts is unexpectedly difficult. Paper fibers, clumsy fingers, and static keep moving them away from where you want them to be.
All paper is recycled from the photo Synecdoche Orange and Blue. I just happened to have a coyote hole punch that’s perfect for tiny silhouettes. The background is a fabric sample for a recliner. I really like that color.
Photographed for this week’s FlickrFriday and Macro Mondays challenges.