Spider Web and Mountain Dew
Aug. 3, 2014
On the way back from shooting the sunrise yesterday morning, I stopped in a foggy pine wood along Highway 123 and while there decided to shoot some spider webs being lit up by the sun just topping the hill I was on, but I hadn't brought a macro lens and had to make do with a regular lens.
So of course I wasn't altogether happy with the results, and when the next morning turned out to be another foggy, humid morning with heavy dew, I packed up the macro lens and set off to give that hillside full of spider webs another try.
After spending a couple of hours getting soaked with sweat doing nothing more strenuous than stooping over the camera or lying on the ground shooting a number of delicate webs, I was walking back to the car to head on home with the sense that I hadn't really got the shot that I wanted yet, when another web caught my eye and I set up to give it one more shot. And I came up with an approach to shooting these webs that seemed to work pretty well. Most of the webs I was shooting were bowl shaped, and it finally occurred to me that I ought to try setting up directly over the web and shooting straight down into the bottom of the bowl, and that's when things started clicking.