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Spider, Spider on the Flower!

I began taking Texas Wildflower photographs in the winter of 2015, following a discussion with some of my photography friends.  At first, I did not think that I would be interested in “taking pictures of flowers”, but, it was fun and intriguing. Not only did it require a completely different set of photography skills (and equipment) but it also had a scientific element to it that I really enjoyed.  It’s not enough to take a photograph of a flower but you must identify it.  That requires knowledge and a good deal of book and online research.  Although most of my wildflower photos are taken in a natural setting, there are times when the conditions are less than ideal for wildflower photography.  So, I built a light box in my studio.  I use it to bring the plants indoors and capture images in a controlled setting.  I was taking a photograph of this Purple Horsemint (Monarda citriodora and a member of the Mint Family) in my light box for my Texas Wildflower image collection when I spotted a tiny crab spider.  He was quite active but finally settled down long enough for me to capture this image.  I posted a story a couple of weeks ago about my encounter with this crab spider.

Purple Horsemint w/Spider

Purple Horsemint w/Spider

This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark III using my EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/8, shutter speed at 1/25 at ISO 100.  This image was taken in my light box using two LED lights set at daylight color temperature.  I used the focus stacking technique and took a total of 15 images.  I used Helicon Focus software to bring these 15 images together.

You can access the portfolio for this post by clicking here or see my entire wildflower collection here. Please use the section below to post your comments, questions or suggestions.

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