Dew Drops on Spider Web
Limited Edition of 950 Prints
Nikon F5 with 105mm f2.5 Macro lens Fuji Velvia ASA 50
“Did you put those flowers in there with a computer?” is the most common question I get asked about this print. To which I usually
respond, “ No, can you tell me where the flower is?” I find it interesting, that most adults think there is a group of flowers in front of the spider web while most children instantly see that the flower is behind the dew drops creating the background. Each of the drops acts like a lens which focuses the flower. Because of the extreme magnification, this image of dew drops on a spider web was technically very hard to create. The camera’s shutter had to be open for 15 seconds. If the spider web moved at all during this time, the exposure would be ruined. As I sat in the meadow, the spider web kept dancing in the wind even though nothing else around me seemed to be blowing. It finally dawned on me that my body heat was creating a tiny convection
current and this tiny breeze was enough to cause this delicate tiny spider web to move in the wind. When I realized this I stepped back and tripped the camera with a cable release.
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