David Terao  

Chain Link Web by David Terao

November 2020 - Chain Link Web

November 2020 - David Terao


About the Image(s)

On one of the foggiest mornings I've seen in years, I was walking past a baseball field and saw many patches of white in a chain-link fence. Moving closer, I realized these patches were spider webs. Fortunately, I had my camera with me and was able to get a decent image of one of the webs with misty fog outlining the web. The fog also simplified the cluttered background. I was also fortunate to have a fly land on the fence just as I was taking the shot. I converted the image to B&W to give the image more contrast and bring out the misty web against the dark background. Taken with a Fujifilm X-T30 camera and 35mm f/1.4 lens. Exposure was 1/200 sec @ f/2.8 and ISO 100.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
16 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
(Groups 4 & 58 & 72)
David, good eye. In normal circumstances (weather) this spiderweb would be almost invisible in the large fence. Interesting as how the spider took advantage of the frame in the fence. You were lucky of the fog as well as the dew to make the web stand out. The B&W interpretation suits this image very well. It is sharp. The fly is the bonus in the image. Well done.   Posted: 11/01/2020 18:17:43
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you, Isaac, for stopping by and and taking the time for making comments. I was also lucky to find such a nicely shaped web at the right height, so that it would stand out in the darker background grass while keeping the sensor plane relatively parallel to the web.   Posted: 11/01/2020 19:30:46

Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
A beautiful broach and string of pearls! Congratulations on spotting this "picture." I agree that converting to B/W was the thing to do. And I am glad you included a few links around the web to increase the power of the subject. But the fly, not for me.   Posted: 11/02/2020 10:52:56

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
(Groups 47 & 66)
Great choice for black and white, David. Positioning the spider web center is bold, and the fly of course is the cherry on top. Well done!   Posted: 11/03/2020 15:57:26
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you, Jack. The web wasn't dead center though. It was positioned a little below the vertical centerline.   Posted: 11/03/2020 17:16:14
Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
(Groups 47 & 66)
Yes, of course, David, good point. I meant dead center horizontally.   Posted: 11/03/2020 17:17:20

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
Beautifully captured. Such nice framing and clarity of the web is outstanding. I love the composition and the framing of the fence links. The fly is a nice addition to the image. This is a winner!   Posted: 11/07/2020 09:29:13
Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
Good capture with the spider's web and the fence with the fog behind! When I first looked at it I wished that the crop was closer to the web so that you could view it closer. However, the fence design makes up most of the composition and sets off the glistening web very nicely. Good job!   Posted: 11/09/2020 17:40:37
David Terao   David Terao
A few years ago, I took a similar picture of a spider web in a chain link fence during a fog. And, as you mentioned, I focused much closer, thus, eliminating the surrounding chain link fence. I didn't like the shot as much. I found the surrounding chain links adds an unusual design to the overall image.   Posted: 11/09/2020 17:49:22

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
You saw an opportunity and you grabbed it. Very nice. I like the geometry of the image. Most unusual and a winner.   Posted: 11/07/2020 09:47:30

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
such beautiful capture, execution. bonus of a morning walk! nice!   Posted: 11/09/2020 16:45:35

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
(Groups 4 & 31)
Hi David
Something totally different and very beautiful this would not have been an easy image to capture, the fly so makes this image for me, I absolutely love it this deserves to do so well for you thank you for sharing.
  Posted: 11/19/2020 14:58:45
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I was fortunate to have my camera with me on this very foggy morning.   Posted: 11/19/2020 17:56:03

Wanda Krack   Wanda Krack
(Group 28)
Good job keeping all of the water droplets in sharp focus!   Posted: 11/23/2020 08:40:44
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you, Wanda. The camera was hand held (no tripod with me). The fence and web were perfectly vertical. So, to keep the web in the darker part of the background, I had to find a web in the lower part of the fence keeping the sensor parallel to the fence and web.   Posted: 11/23/2020 11:38:33

Bai Chuang Shyu   Bai Chuang Shyu
I like the composition of the wires and the center placed web. The fly adds an extra interesting point. The web is very nicely contrasted by the gradient changes of the background.   Posted: 11/25/2020 02:33:14