Butt-Face & the Pest

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If this spider was found at home, it would be a pest. But when it was found in its natural habitat at Fort Canning Park, it’s a very welcomed guest for my camera!

Not sure if this is a species of the orb-weaver spiders but it sure is beautiful. To get this shot, well, I gave nature a little help… Okay, let’s say nudge… Alright, it’s a push!

Beh song si bo?Not something I’m proud of and definitely against the ethics of nature photography, but I ensured that the spider was not hurt in any way and its web remained unbroken.

Since I got a new tripod and haven’t returned my friend his macro lens, I thought I’d squeeze in a few more macro nature shoots last week. I was so glad I wasn’t lazy and got my butt out to shoot! And I got this bug with an almost human-faced butt!

I didn’t get many shots at Fort Canning that day because I went in the late afternoon and after about 2 hours of shooting nothing, I decided to pack up and go. As I was leaving, I saw a thin veil of web whispering between two leaves. A spider must be nearby.

Next to the web was a leaf held slightly curved with a thick mesh of webbing. The spider was in its leaf ‘burrow’ underneath the web. I tried blowing at it. It didn’t move. I took a leaf and gently tap the thick web. I was ignored.

So I picked up a twig and pushed it through one opening of the burrow to get the spider out. It fought me for a while but finally scurried out. And I was like, ‘Wow!’ After a few failed shots, I decided to set up my tripod. That was the first time my new tripod opened its legs. I’m glad its virginity wasn’t wasted!

I thought the spider’s back looked like a Japanese kabuki mask. I wanted to reset my tripod to get a more face-on shot of its back but it ran back into its home. I must be a pest to it. I’m sure it wished it had human Baygon.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. storyofbing
    Jul 06, 2010 @ 00:58:28

    Hey Darren, what macro lens did u use? This is amazing! I’m spending some time in Singapore next month. I should join u in your shoots one day! =)

    Reply

    • celebratelah
      Jul 06, 2010 @ 01:37:45

      hey bing… i’m using the tamron 90mm f2.8 macro lens. this shot was really pure luck! yeah, we can go clicking when u’re back and also kambing soup too.
      will u be back this sat for the awards? if so, we can even squeeze in a shoot in the morning before the event. looking forward to meet u in person! :o)

      Reply

      • storyofbing
        Jul 06, 2010 @ 02:02:04

        I have the Canon 60mm f2.8. I bought this instead of the 100mm coz I shoot mostly food. Wonder if I will have to get too close to the bugs. Eeeks!
        Yes, I’ll be back for the awards. =) I’m afraid morning shoot is not possible this weekend, sorry.. family time!
        See u on Saturday!

      • celebratelah
        Jul 06, 2010 @ 07:30:58

        heh heh… a shorter macro range means u have to get closer to the bugs but it’s ok la, choose the less creepy bugs to shoot :o)
        see ya on sat! hope u found ur paparazzi oscar outfit liao… :o)

      • celebratelah
        Jul 06, 2010 @ 07:30:58

        heh heh… a shorter macro range means u have to get closer to the bugs but it’s ok la, choose the less creepy bugs to shoot :o)
        see ya on sat! hope u found ur paparazzi oscar outfit liao… :o)

      • storyofbing
        Jul 06, 2010 @ 02:02:04

        I have the Canon 60mm f2.8. I bought this instead of the 100mm coz I shoot mostly food. Wonder if I will have to get too close to the bugs. Eeeks!
        Yes, I’ll be back for the awards. =) I’m afraid morning shoot is not possible this weekend, sorry.. family time!
        See u on Saturday!

    • celebratelah
      Jul 06, 2010 @ 01:37:45

      hey bing… i’m using the tamron 90mm f2.8 macro lens. this shot was really pure luck! yeah, we can go clicking when u’re back and also kambing soup too.
      will u be back this sat for the awards? if so, we can even squeeze in a shoot in the morning before the event. looking forward to meet u in person! :o)

      Reply

  2. storyofbing
    Jul 06, 2010 @ 00:58:28

    Hey Darren, what macro lens did u use? This is amazing! I’m spending some time in Singapore next month. I should join u in your shoots one day! =)

    Reply

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