Jun 20

Backyard Spiders!

Well, front yard actually in this case.  This little post is a helpful reminder to look for photographic opportunities close to home.  I went looking for spiders in my bushes this morning before work, as there are usually some grass spiders to be found.  I found one, but I also stumbled upon a very small, but very beautiful Orchard Spider.  These guys are about 5mm long (not counting the legs) and so are quite challenging to shoot.  However, I managed to catch this little guy (or gal) spinning its web.  It’s the first spider picture I’ve ever gotten with the silk being created.  Nothing fancy lighting wise, just the E-M5’s clip on flash.  For macro work, often a camera mounted flash is all you need.  The light would have been better with a dedicated ring light or off camera flash, but this does nicely.

Orchard Spider – Olympus E-M5 with Leica 45mm f/2.8 Macro

Orchard Spider – Olympus E-M5 with Leica 45mm f/2.8 Macro

Orchard Spider – Olympus E-M5 with Leica 45mm f/2.8 Macro

Grass Spider – Olympus E-M5 with Leica 45mm f/2.8 Macro

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Jordan Steele

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Admiring Light; Photographer; Electrical Engineer and Dad


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  1. Reed

    Hi Jordan,

    Lovely spiders!

    It’s Reed from the Lumix blog DMC-365.blogspot.com. I’ve had the pleasure of posting some of your work in the past. With your permission, I’d like to cross-post this work as well, with all of the proper attribution to you and your blog, of course. It’s scheduled to post on July 1.

    Let me know if you have any concerns.

    I really enjoy your work.

    My Lumix Blog: DMC-365.blogspot.com

  2. Marga

    Love the photos especially the grass spider. Look forward to your next set of prints.

  3. Brent Dunlevy

    What are the origins of the grass spider? The yellow and brown sac spider came from southern europe. The cob web builder the american house spider originated in south america.

  4. Lanz

    How did you find it!?

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