The first three are various attempts with the digicam. I would generally use focus lock to focus on something (like my hand), then switch to the spiderweb and hope for the best. This didn’t work very well, as that camera locks both exposure and focus, and I’d have to estimate distances as the LCD simply doesn’t have the resolution to permit focussing by eye. Each semi-usable shot represents dozens of tries.
15 May 2004, Nikon Coolpix 5000, 1/60, ƒ/4, 13.6mm, SB-30 flash off camera with manual exposure
30 July 2005, Nikon Coolpix 5000, 1/174, ƒ/4.4, 7.1mm, SB-30 flash off camera with manual exposure
13 August 2005, Nikon Coolpix 5000, 1/60, ƒ/3.6, 10.5mm, SB-30 flash off camera with manual exposure
This is my first try with the DSLR. If I’d done it at night (with a flashlight
or something to illuminate the spiderweb for focussing), I think it would
have been a winner. Even so, it’ll do (the bright blob in the center is
the spider, she’s blown out so the web will be visible). I’ll probably do
some more of these at night, and perhaps make up some sort of
disc-on-a-wire gadget to try to even out the light so I can get both
the spiders and webs correctly exposed.
14 September 2005, Fujifilm FinePix S1 Pro, 1/108, ƒ/11, Nikkor 50mm lense, On-camera flash