Monday, September 19, 2011

In Your Face

I was out in the yard one day shooting with a macro lens when I felt something on my hand.  I looked down and there was the biggest jumping spider I had ever seen on the back of my hand.  Of course, my reaction was to shake it off.  It landed on the driveway, but didn't move.  I don't think it was hurt by the fall.  Since it was being so still, I laid down on the driveway and got right in the spider's face with the lens, getting as close as I could.  I wasn't using a tripod, which is usually an important accessory in close-ups, but was able to steady the camera on the driveway to avoid shaking.  This portrait reveals the spider as not so much a "monster" as kind of cute with his butch haircut. 

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