Friday, August 25, 2006



Blogger micki said...

Today’s abstract image is of this mammoth spider that lives right outside the patio doors. Every evening she builds this web, which including the anchors, is over five feet long. Usually most of it is gone by morning, but I’ve walked into the remains of it several times now. Long story short, the meter on my camera had a heck of a time reading the scene for this shot. I didn’t want to use flash, but she wouldn’t hold still for the required 30 seconds for the exposure needed when using just the outside porch lights to light the scene. I put the dedicated flash on my old Minolta 7000 to take several photos of this gal. Although the flash fired, the display never read that the scene had received enough light. Obviously it had, and then some. I like the results. I needed a new abstract for Abstract Fridays and this arrived in yesterday’s mail. If she builds her web tonight in front of the door again, I’ll try a spot meter reading (the Minolta 7000 doesn’t offer that option) and some bracketing and see what happens. I do have a great image of her next door neighbor (a slightly smaller spider) that I took without flash, lit only by the outside flood light; but I’m saving that photo for an upcoming Critter Day Thursdays shot.

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 7000
Flash - Minolta Maxxum 4000 AF
Film - Kodak Max ISO 400
Shutter Speed - 1/60
Aperture Setting - f-5.6 Program Mode
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm zoom lens @ 300mm and macro setting
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

8:54 AM  
Blogger Don said...

The huge web makes a fine abstract/pattern shot. I like the "white" spider look too.

9:00 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

I thought you were running IR film here for a moment. It sure makes an interesting pattern around the girl and, now, I’m looking forward to Thursdays!

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Very cool result. I like this abstract a lot.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Lovely shot, too bad you were forced to use a flash though :P

10:41 AM  
Blogger Robin Freeman said...

Really interesting work. Art is all about experimenting and I'm always happy to find people willing to put themselves out there and take chances. Awesome!


12:52 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Have a great weekend!!

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Roberto said...

Micki, Oh, now the word is visible, so I'm posting a comment.
May be I have some problem with my screen, the spider seems to be bit over-exposed. Nice shot in any case, Micki.

5:30 PM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

I like this very much Micki...I love the way that you are constantly pushing yourself.....I envy that...wish I wasn't such a lazy, safe ass of a guy. Great work. Phil

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Doris said...

In High school in art class we took these black Tiles and etched out our drawing in them. Underneath the black was white. They look very much like this!

I love it!

6:58 PM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

It's indeed a very nice abstract. One of the greatest rewards in photography is surprise - when something didn't happen quite as planned but turned out to be great. :)

3:59 AM  
Anonymous Bob said...

Has almost a photogram quality to it. Nice.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

A great outline of the spider Micki. Love the overall B&W type effect.

Looking back over the last week of images you posted, I must comment on the macro of the flower bud. Great colours and composition. It's also great to see that your daughter is still into being a 'model' for you! Love the photos of your sons also.

Cheers... Chris

9:30 AM  
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9:51 AM  
Blogger H.O said...

very cool shot Micki.
Have a nice weekend !!

9:52 AM  
Blogger Monterey John said...

Some of my best shots are total accidents :) Very humbling, ain't it?

Nice capture, Micki.

10:07 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

What a creative abstract! You definitely got a fascinating result from this exposure - it certainly makes me realize how little attention I've given the insect world with my lens.

5:16 PM  

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