I don’t have much to say tonight. To be honest, I’m pretty tired and would like to get to sleep early for a change. Besides, there isn’t really much of a story about the photos posted above. The critter is a male cross orbweaver spider (Araneus diadematus) that I photographed in my garden about an hour ago. They are a very pretty (and fuzzy) orb spider that seems to be exceedingly common. I have seen them everywhere I have lived in British Columbia. I was actually intending to take a picture of him sitting in the middle of his web. But as soon as I got close he scuttled over to one of the leaves that was supporting his web and hid behind it. Only problem was that he really only hid his head—the rest of him was still out in the open. Not the best survival technique!
I thought his pose made for a more interesting photo than what I originally planned and a snapped a few images. There isn’t a technical story to tell either. I took a whole six photos. Each one was well exposed and framed. So what you see tonight is basically what I shot.
The technical stuff:
Camera: Olympus E-620 digital SLR
Lens: Zuiko 35mm macro
Settings: manual exposure (F22 @ 1/125 sec)
Lighting: Olympus RF-11 ring flash (manual; ¼ power)