The Spider in the Dandelion

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Another macro shot with my 25mm f1.7 lens. When I started taking that shot my main goal was to see how much of the Dandelion I could get into focus and I was so intent on that I missed the spider at first.

As usual with these macros I knew I would have t do some heavy cropping to eliminate a lot of dead space around the dandelion. So I wanted to make sure that the image was as sharp as possible and there was very little if any noise. Moving my f-stop to with an I SO of 250 and a shutter speed of 1/320 second eliminated the risk of any motion blur while keeping noise low and giving me a reasonable depth of field. In fact given the strength of the sun I could probably have reduced ISO further and increased my f-stop a little higher.

It was only at that point after fiddling with my settings that I looked at the image again through the viewfinder and noticed the spider. I adjusted my position a little to make sure that it too was in focus because I think it adds something a little different to the image.

I knew before taking this shot that it was probably going to be in . I was taking photos outside, in the middle of the afternoon on a bright and sunny day. That lighting creates really harsh and contrasty shadows which, for the most part, don’t look good in color. So the first thing I did on importing this into Lightroom was to convert it to Adobe monochrome. Then I cropped in as tight as I could get away with and dropped the Clarity Slider while pumping up the Contrast. After that I applied three radial filters for more local adjustments.

  • Darken the background, decrease the Clarity further to make it as smooth as possible
  • Lighten the Dandelion itself and bump up the texture so the individual seeds stand out
  • Just a tiny amount of darkening on the spider so it is clearly visible separate from the Dandelion.

I’m really pleased with how this one turned out.





One response to “The Spider in the Dandelion”

  1. Pepper Avatar

    A great capture. 😊

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