September 2009

Hobo Spider, A Tub Story

So if you have followed my photo stream at all, you might say I’m an opportunist when it comes to macro photography. This is especially true of insect photography.  I don’t spend time seeking them out, but when they come to me, I jump on the chance.

This last week a rather large spider got itself caught in our tub. My lovely wife called me in to take care of it, but was less than enthused when I said I wanted to keep it in there to take a photo.  He was rather spry, and I figured I’d let him simmer down so he’d hold still for a photo. I thought the white porcelain of the tub would make for a great white background and reflect a single strobe light well.

A week later I finally got around to taking the photos a week later. I know, terrible husband; even more tolerant wife!

Anyway, I shot several angles but liked this one best.  He was still pretty spry, so the scene was a fun one with me jumping around the tub chasing him while he chased me.  To add to the fun scene, my brother is holding the speedlight off to the site, our kids are pushing themselves around us to get a better view, and our wives are back across the room talking about how nuts the whole thing is. Good times!

Here’s a close crop of another shot in the series:

So lesson is, if you ever find a spider you want a good setting, the tub works pretty well 🙂

Canon 100mm macro lens on a 5D Mark II, hand held with strobe tethered off camera right. Click through to see the full size image for some fun details in the hair and eyes.

Let Us Not Forget

Today has been for me one of reflection and somber thought, as I am sure it has been for many.  I am not one to do much publicly in remembrance of such tragedies, but I remembered my a short outing I took to see “Ground Zero” when I was on a trip to New York. I looked through the photos and thought I would share this today.

I was on a business trip with a fairly tight schedule, so I was only able to take a few hours to jump on the subway and make the visit.  I had brought my camera but really ended up taking very few photos, instead spending much of my time looking and thinking, imagining, wondering…

I don’t think this image needs much explanation as many were aware of how this cross came to be and was left for much of the clean up.

You may notice a slight darkening of in the photo in a grid pattern because I was shooting through the chain link fence.

The First Dance

Another photo from the reception yesterday. I hope you enjoy these as I work through processing and sharing some of them.

On a side note, I absolutely loved having the high ISO capability of the Canon 5D Mark II for this kind of event.  Receptions always have dim lighting yet I like to avoid using a flash as much as possible.

Stealing a Moment

I had the wonderful opportunity to not only attend but also photograph the wedding of my cousin Stefanie and her now hubby Jon. They are a beautiful couple that showed their love in their shinning, happy smiles throughout the day.

I am going to process the many, many photos I took over the next bit, but I figured I’d post a few teasers to as I go.

Location: Union Station, Ogden, Utah.
Canon 5D Mark II, 70-200L 2.8, 1/30 at f/2.8 & 1600 ISO