Sharon Greenaway

Digital Artist and Creative Writer

Tangled Web

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Tangled Web 2013

(c) 2013 Sharon Greenaway

Sometimes I can get overwhelmed with all the latest photographic technology that is constantly thrown up in magazines, both print and on line.

As photography is all about light, fancy speed lights, studio lights, lighting diffusers and lighting shapers are often pushed as the answer to improving our photographic skills.

But in keeping with the K.I.SS. principle often it is the simplest thing that can work well.

In this image of a spider (if you can identify it I would appreciate it) I grabbed my dslr, connected my macro lens which consists of an older Sigma 28-90 mm film lens fitted with three macro filters and then quickly looked around for a light. My first thought was a speed light, but then my eyes set upon a couple of small silver reflectors (courtesy of two foil freezer containers) and so armed with this far-from-hi-tech piece of lighting equipment I hurried outside to capture this creature insitu.

The reflectors turned out to be the perfect size to ease around the foliage of the olive tree where this spider was repairing her web. I was able to direct the sunlight under and over the spider until I got the shots I needed.

I must remember to grab them when I go out to capture the Blue banded bees that visit here.

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