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Kevin, holy schmoly that's more bravery than I will ever pull together in my whole life.
If I ever encounter one of these, I will tack on the TC301 and TC14 to my 500 f4P to get 1400mm so I can shoot from 25 meters away
That said, those are the best shots of a black widow I have seen.
Kevin, is that a black widow, very cool shot. Though I wouldn't have the guts to get so close with extension tubes (if that's what you used) to this critter.
Saw this technique over in the B&W forum, thought I would give it a try.
Heh, um... I used my Series E 50mm reversed... I was about 2.5 inches away from it. Was a very cold day when I encountered the Widow. Was hiding in my Christmas tree box. It tried to bite me, just cut my cuticle a little bit, was nauseous for a day. Was the biggest one I have ever seen. End to end in that shot, nearly 3 inches...
Here are the originals, not sure how to make these any smaller, so sorry in advance... Again, Series E 50mm 1.8, reversed.
Missed focus on this, she kept charging the camera...
Thanks for the compliments. Since it was so cold out (roughly 45 degrees F) she was quite slow and appeared to be tired. I got off a few side shots first, then moved to the front. I think that made her mad (or she saw her reflection in the lens) and lunged at the camera. After I got some shots, I hosed the spider with spider spray. That made her even more angry, did not kill the spider... At one point she was on her back 4 legs trying to jump at me. It was very weird and disturbing. Heck, she even resisted my size 11.5 shoe. Eventually I won.
Normally I don't kill outside bugs, but I have young children and would hate for one of them to get bit. So, outside on the patio is a bug free zone. If I can move, I move, if not...I do the needful.