Posted Sunday, September 25, 2011
Category: Project365
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)



At home
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

These little spiderlets have hatched and are ready to take on the world.

I set up the bird bath for crows again today, but they did not come out to play, again. So I went looking in the worm farm for some worms, but they were all hiding (I need to feed them more). However lots of spiders make their home in the worm farm as well, so I chose them for a subject. It's quite dark inside the lid of the worm farm, so a bit of phone light helped exposure. The directional light also provided some shadows which work so well with spider shots.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
@ 28/1mm
Filters: 0.42x fisheye filter (macro mode)
Exposure: 1/5" @ f/29/1, ISO 1600

Post processing:

Lightroom - The curves adjustment lightened the otherwise dark scene (lights +50, darks -10), with blacks +15 and fill light +10 doing the rest. As usual, clarity +100 to highlight the edges (and darken the shadows). Since the shot close up was not very clear, I used sharpen +35, then noise reduction (luminance +55, detail +60) to undo some of the sharpen artifacts. (I spent a while playing with sharpen and noise reduction to find a level that wasn't too awful.)

The wash-up:

This image doesn't stand up to close scrutiny - it's quite blurry close up. I should have brought out the mini tripod (it's not like they were going to run away).

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