Bugs

Black Widow

Black-Widow

This is one of the biggest Black Widows I have ever seen.  I found it two nights ago in my daughters window well.  This is the time of year when these creatures find their way into the home. I am glad we found it outside first. All the entry points have now been sprayed. I hope this is the last one I see this year.

To view on black click here.

White Spider

White-spider

I have had a hard time recently adding new material to my site. It seams more and more that my day job, my part time job, and being a parent have all come into play in keeping me more and more busy. Recently I have invited some incredibly talented photographers that I have found on Flickr to share their skill with you on this site. They have had several great posts.

In the last few weeks I have thought about what else I could add. I have not been able to get out and explore the beautiful landscapes that surround the Wasatch Front. This brings me back to the original question of what can I do to add interest?

My answer has been to look in my backyard. Each and everyone of us has many interesting things right under our nose. All we have to do is look. Recently I spent a couple of hours looking at the small items that are in our lives every day, but that we so easily overlook.

This thought again came to me when I was in our backyard recently. I was watering the plants when I noticed this white spider come out from hiding. I quickly grabbed my camera and macro lens and this was what I captured.

I decided to spend more time looking for additional small items. In the coming days I plan on adding more macro shots that are found by looking no further then my back yard.

My advice is if you are having a hard time finding new subjects or finding time to get out and explore far away areas take some time to look at the exotic things located in your backyard.

~wr~

Wasp

Wasp

Last summer I went with my daughter on a hike once a week. This hike was memorable for two reasons. First she told me she was not going to the college she had been accepted to. She did change her mind about the college and had a life changing time. The other reason was the temperature was over 100 degrees. We came across this small stream. There was only enough water to slightly dampen the path. Every insect imaginable was here. I took this photo of a wasp getting a quick drink. I love the DOF surrounding the wasp.

The Specs:
F/6.3
1/800s
hand held
-1.7e

Thanks for visiting today

~wr~

Food

DSC_0371_2

This photo teaches a great lesson. Great equipment helps you get good photos, but in order to get the photos you must get out and take the pictures. This photo is the first picture I took with my new macro lens two years ago. I took this photo with in minutes of receiving the new lens. So get out and take lots of pictures.

Thanks for visiting.

~wr~

Bad Hair Day

Bad Hair Day

Today was one of those absolutely beautiful spring days. The weather was stunning. Two years ago we went on several bike rides as a family. Last year our baby was to wiggly to want to sit in the carrier and our youngest daughter was too big to sit in the carrier and too scarred to learn to ride. So this year we decided to purchase one of those ride behind bikes for our youngest daughter. She had a blast riding in this one. She was stable and felt in control. Our baby is now big enough that he had fun riding in the carrier.

When I went to got the bikes down this nice looking wolf spider was hiding on one of the bikes. I quickly grabbed my camera and macro lens and started to shoot away. The spider was a little skittish due to all the kids wanting to see. After several tries this shot was the cleanest.

The specs:

Hand held, rapid fire.
Iso 560
105mm
f/16
1/40 sec

Thanks for visiting today.

~wr~

Hawk Moth

Hawk Moth

This was a fun photo to take. A couple of years ago I noticed these hawk moths working on these Wasatch Penstemons. I thought the two would make for a fun shot. This was well before I had a nice flash or my macro lens. I used my Nikon d200 and the pop up flash. This plant is just now starting to bloom again and I am excited to use a nice flash, my macro lens, and my D300 to try and recreate this photo.

Thanks for visiting.

~wr~

Waiting around

Waiting Game

As spring comes closer to being a reality I am spending more time wanting to get out and shoot some macro photos. This one is from last summer. I was outside as the sun was setting and found this spider near our front porch. This spider was not afraid of anything and was not going anywhere so I set up my tripod and the camera and started to shoot.

The specs:
iso 500
105mm with a teleconverter
f/45
1 second exposure.

I like how sharp the focus is for the spider and rock.
I like the drop off in focus for the background.
I like the scars on the spiders back it gives this spider character.

Thank you for visiting my site today.

~wr~

Dragonfly

DragonflyDragonfly-1

The top image was of a dragonfly I showed on this site a few weeks ago. I love taking pictures of these masters of the air. You have to move in slowly and have the camera on rapid fire. I like them because they have so many details. They look so delicate, yet they are predators. I also like how they look like they are laughing at you.

Today and tomorrow’s post will be quick. I have a couple of very long days at work. I will have some winter items again on Friday. I will post tomorrow.

Thank you for visiting.

~wr~

Standing Guard

Standing Guard

This is the second installment of the spiders I found south of Saratoga Springs on the Western side of Utah Lake. This spider was standing guard next to it recent kill.

The Specs
f/13
1/160s
Exposure +.7

I overexposed this photo in hopes of getting a faster shutterspeed. My depth of field was shallow. In order to increase this I cranked the f stop up to f/13. I had to have a faster shutterspeed because the wind was constantly blowing and the spiders were moving. These spiders can move fast.

I like the symmetry of the legs.
I like the dark spider it has a mysterious look like it is ready to pounce.
I like the detail on the legs.
I would like to have a darker background may I will photoshop that in.
Next time I would shoot this one horizontal not vertical.

Let me know what you think by clicking on the contact me form.

~wr~

Cleared for Takeoff

Cleared for takeoff

In the summer at Utah Lake these dragonflys are everywhere. This is not a bug that you can take the photos using a tripod. For this type of photo a macro lens and fast shutter speed is necessary to get a good shot. I put the camera on rapid fire and continually shoot. I start far away from the insect and slowly move forward while continually shooting the photos. This makes it so that the dragonfly does not get spooked and fly away.

The Specs
f/14
iso 320
shutter speed 1/125s

I like the diagonal twig. It gives the dragonfly a nice perch.
I like the detail of the eyes.
I like how the dragonfly looks like it is laughing at me.

Let me know what you think. Contact me on the link at the bottom of the page.

~wr~

Waiting

Waiting-1

A coworker had told me about a place just South of Saratoga Springs, Utah that was full of spiders. On this Sunday afternoon I decided to take a drive around Utah Lake to see what he was talking about. He said every fall the sage brush is full of these spiders. He under exagerated. There were literally thousands of them. It was the creepiest thing I had ever seen.

The Specs
f/13
1/160s
Exposure +.7

I overexposed this photo in hopes of getting a faster shutterspeed. My depth of field was shallow. In order to increase this I cranked the f stop up to f/13. I had to have a faster shutterspeed because the wind was constantly blowing and the spiders were moving. These spiders can move fast.

I like the symmetry of the legs.
I like the dark spider it has a mysterious look like it is ready to pounce.
I like the detail on the legs.
I would like to have a darker background may I will photoshop that in.

Let me know what you think by clicking on the contact me form.

~wr~

Thirsty

Thirsty-1

This summer I went on several short hikes with my daughter. On this particular hike up Slate Canyon there was no water, except for a small trickle that had formed a little pool. The hike was hot and dry, but in this one section there was plenty of shade and tons of insects.

The specs
f6.3
1/640s
exposure -1.7

For macro photography it is important to keep the lens stable. The best way to do this is with a tripod. I have found that the tripod becomes very cumbersome when the subject is constantly on the move. In this instance the key is to have the camera on rapid fire mode and hold as steady as you can. Usually you will get at least one good photo per set.

I like the symmetry of the insect.
I like how the wasp is facing me.
I would like to shoot the picture with more depth of field.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~