My Bug Lady

Bug LadyTo view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

Many of the insects, bugs and spiders I manage to photograph are scouted out by my wife. She too is enjoying photography and we share the path, equipment, and help each other as we can.

She is also the editor of the blog and deserves credit for looking over the texts weeks before they are published and again shortly before posting. Her questions help clarify the ideas and techniques I want to focus on. We both learn, we both benefit, but the advantage is certainly mine.

Having given where credit is due here are a few words about today’s picture. Jumping spiders are not a common sight where I live and when you see one you hope that they are in a setting that works compositionally, doing something interesting and facing you. The back ends of beasts, and I have taken many, don’t tend to be at all interesting.

I was particularly lucky here that the light came from the side and not through the petals of the flower, which would have resulted in a horrid colorcast. In addition the depth of field has worked out nicely to show off his back markings.

As I write this, sadly the season is ending for insects, bugs and spiders, I have more photographs for the blog and more stories to tell this year, but our hunting season is ending with the cold weather approaching.

8 responses

  1. Bug hunter and editor? Sounds like the perfect woman! :o) Thanks to both of you; your site has been a great resource to me (not to mention a venue to see some great photography too).

    Regarding jumping spiders, I actually had my most “jumping” year, here in Mass; a little surprising. They can be hit or miss whether they will play nice with the camera. I might suggest that you have a Pelegrina sp. but I’m not completely confident. (And I should pay heed to cautious identification in light of my post today!)

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    September 26, 2013 at 7:48 am

  2. your stunning shot caught my attention! Very nice!
    If you don’t mind me asking, what camera are you shooting with?

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    September 26, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    • Nikon D7100. However if you want to do hardcore macro, you might want to think about Canon and their MPE65-e lens. There is a lot that goes into photos like this as you can read in my earlier posts on macro.

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      September 26, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      • Victor she could also take advantage of extension tubes or better yet bellows. There are many ways to achieve more than 1:1. It’s not the exact same solution as the MPE65, but she can still get there without totally switching gear…

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        September 27, 2013 at 8:06 am

        • Yes I agree. I use both and have on this blog written about both, however, what she asked as about the camera so I explained that Canon has tools Nikon does not. Hope that clears things up. I will copy here on this exchange.

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          September 27, 2013 at 8:25 am

  3. You really made that spider look good! Nice to hear about the great teamwork with your wife. A second set of eyes can make a lot of good things better.

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    September 26, 2013 at 6:44 pm

  4. Lovely! Here’s looking at you, with all 4 eyes! 🙂

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    September 27, 2013 at 5:11 am

  5. Awesome Lynx spider. Congrats!

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    September 27, 2013 at 8:02 am

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