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…

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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!

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