Story Be­hind the Still

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Ar­tur Borzęcki tells us the story be­hind his amaz­ingly de­tailed macro shot of a spi­der – arachno­phobes be­ware!

About the shot: Macro images like this are end­lessly en­gag­ing due to the level of de­tail that can be re­vealed, de­tail that is usu­ally un­seen with the naked eye. How­ever, it is more un­usual to see pho­to­graphs of this type ac­tu­ally taken in a stu­dio en­vi­ron­ment. Pho­tog­ra­pher Ar­tur Borzęcki has be­come an ex­pert in this ap­proach. “Most of my macros are done in a stu­dio, en­abling me to con­trol a lot of dif­fer­ent el­e­ments of the shot like light and scenery,” he ex­plains. “Macro pho­tog­ra­phy in a nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment is beau­ti­ful and en­ables you to use a lot of colours and bokeh ef­fects, but you have very lit­tle con­trol over the sub­ject.”

For this shot of a spi­der (species Ara­neus di­ade­ma­tus) Ar­tur fo­cused on ac­cen­tu­at­ing fine de­tail. “For my im­age se­ries, I’m fo­cus­ing mainly on de­tails and pre­sen­ta­tion. My shots are very clean and min­i­mal­is­tic and con­cen­trate only on the in­sect. I want to show as many de­tails as pos­si­ble and present it in a clean way on a black back­ground. It has a unique style to it.”

Pa­tience is a virtue that Ar­tur has had to de­velop, due to the be­hav­iour of his liv­ing sub­jects. “The ma­jor­ity of my macros are done us­ing a stack­ing tech­nique, which en­ables me to in­crease the depth of field to cover the whole sub­ject. This is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult as all of my sub­jects are con­stantly mov­ing. I usu­ally need two hours and around 300 shots to get the stack I’m happy with.”

Right Cross spi­der

Ar­tur borzęcki usu­ally stacks 4 to 15 shots in Zerene Stacker soft­ware for max­i­mum depth of field. Ar­tur is a spe­cial­ist in pho­tograph­ing in­sects and other in­ver­te­brates. this im­age was taken in his home-made stu­dio

Pho­tog­ra­pher: Ar­tur borzęcki web­site: www.ar­tur­borzecki.pl

Lo­ca­tion: Warsaw, Poland type of com­mis­sion: Per­sonal Work shot de­tails: nikon d700 with a Sigma 150mm f2.8 and

1:1 macro lens; 1/150-1/200sec at f/10-14, iSo 200

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