PHOTO SKILLS: CREATIVE COBWEBS
ONE OF THE FIRST SIGNS OF AUTUMN IS THE INFLUX OF SPIDERS AND COBWEBS EVERYWHERE! WHILE YOU MIGHT NOT BE FOND OF THESE EIGHT- LEGGED CREEPY CRAWLIES, JORDAN BUTTERS SHOWS YOU A CREATIVE WAY TO TURN THEIR HOMES IN TO A PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDY…
The creepy crawlies are out in force! Here’s how to turn their silky creations into macro masterpieces
Camera: Nikon D750 / Lens: Nikon AF- S 60mm F/ 2.8G micro
Is summer over already?! one minute you’re enjoying the long days, the odd glimpse of sunshine and lighter evenings, and then suddenly the temperature drops, the trees are on the turn and you notice that there are spiders everywhere! spider season is in full effect and, love them or hate them, there’s no denying their work ethic when it comes to spinning elaborate webs in every nook and cranny.
While those with an aversion to arachnids, much like myself, might shy away from photographing the spiders themselves, you can still make a great photographic subject of their intricate cobwebs ( when uninhabited, thank you!). Their fine, silky yarn can be almost invisible at times, so you’ll not only want to use a dedicated macro lens, extension tube or a close- up filter to magnify it, but you can also take advantage of the autumnal conditions and choose a dewy morning to do so. The tiny droplets of dew will grip to cobwebs like a string of crystal- clear pearls, highlighting the web’s complex pattern, and allowing you to play with angles, focus and the background to create wonderfully enchanting seasonal images. Give it a try!