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I HATE spiders, but they are cool to shoot

Updated: Sep 12, 2023

Photographing spiders can be a fascinating and challenging experience. Spiders are intriguing creatures that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, making them excellent subjects for photography. However, capturing a great photo of a spider requires patience and skill. It's important to approach spiders with caution and respect for their space, as they can be easily startled or agitated. Achieving the ideal lighting, angle, and focus can also be a challenge since spiders are often small and move quickly. Nevertheless, with practice and the right equipment, photographing spiders can offer a rewarding and unique opportunity to capture the beauty and complexity of these often misunderstood creatures.

Spiders can be both fascinating and intimidating, especially when shooting them up close with a macro lens. I have captured numerous shots of garden spiders, hopping spiders, and even encountered a few tropical spiders in a jungle, all of which remained still. However, during a hike in the local mountains, I had the incredible opportunity to come across a Tarantula wandering along the trail. It was a truly remarkable sight. Now, the question arises: How can one photograph a large black Tarantula without the need to touch or approach it closely?

Alternatively, you can consider using a forked stick, a rubber band, and a UV lens filter to photograph the Tarantula without the need to get too close. I observed that whenever I positioned myself in front of the spider, it would rear up on its back legs and display its fangs. To capture the desired shots, I devised a tool using the mentioned items. After a few practice attempts, I managed to temporarily pause the spider with my improvised tool, allowing me to take a few satisfactory photographs.

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