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

Homestarrunner 404 page 2009

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UPDATE! In 2009 a minor internet inconvenience occurred and I wrote about it. Seems there was some widespread web router problem that blocked a large percentage of DSL customers from viewing my website for a good portion of a day. It was a good reminder to make regular backups of my work.

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