Jumping Spider

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These photos were taken with the 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens and the ML-3 ring flash. It's about as close as the lens will go; the spider is about the size of a dime; just larger than 1 centimeter. It's also a very, very fast spider, can jump, and has extremely good eyesight. It sure was keeping a wary eye on me. The depth of field is extremely shallow at this close range. In summer, grassy areas are covered with thouands of these spiders. Some have fuzzy grey backs instead of a fuzzy red abdomen. They take great pains not to come close to a human; ten spiders scatter with every step you take through a meadow.

The highlight from the ML-3 ring flash shows the fangs of this spider quite well. This spider moved so fast, that I saw almost nothing through the viewfinder. I let the camera's autofocus do it's thing and it worked admirably. This photo would have been very difficult to get with a manual focus camera. In order to improve depth of field, I got up above the spider, rather than along side it. The spider, in turn, angled it's body upwards to keep all eight eyes firmly focused on me. This spider was walking across the wood railing of a deck.

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