Morning macro – 8 Legged Tomato Guardian

Woke up before the alarm today. Before the 6:00am alarm, no less. I’m no morning person, but knew I should make use of an early start while the kids were still sleeping.

When I went outside to water our tomato plants I nearly walked into this spider’s web nearby. One thread was going up to a tree branch above the deck and the others were anchored to the patio table. The morning sun and a black cloth over a patio chair were all the studio setup I needed. Here’s two favorites from the spontaneous sunrise spider session.

Geek specs: (top image) Nikon D700 with Nikon 105mm f/2.8 macro, ISO 800, 1/200 sec @ f/5.6, (bottom image) 1/80 @ f/8

I’ve shot with the 105mm macro for the images above and picked up a 55mm manual focus macro in years since. Here are some of Nikon’s macro (Micro Nikkor) lens options and great ways to add one to your kit.

  • Nikon 55mm f/2.8 Macro – manual focus on Adorama or eBay
  • Nikon 55mm f/3.5 Macro – Manual focus – is a deal on eBay
  • Nikon 60mm f/2.8 Macro at Adorama or eBay
  • Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Auto focus at Adorama or eBay


The system is/was down

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Thank you, AT&T DSL service and GoDaddy web hosting for your unpredicted reminder to back up everything powered by your companies’ web services. Seems there was some web router problem that blocked a large percentage of AT&T DSL customers from viewing our site for a good portion of Tuesday. (How specific, right?) What it meant on my side of things was just bad email and trouble checking our orders on the proof gallery. For an hour or so after I noticed things weren’t working as expected in the online world I dug up backups of our website, the blog, proofing, and emails only to be reminded more recent copies would serve me better if things really were awry.

Things seem to be back to normal after a good reminder to keep current backups!

To celebrate being visible again, see my favorite version of the system being down to a techno beat as sung by StrongBad.