Dick Knudson  

Autumn Leaf and Spider by Dick Knudson

November 2021 - Autumn Leaf and Spider

November 2021 - Dick Knudson


About the Image(s)

This is one tiny scene I came across in the woods a month ago, as autumn leaves were falling. The spider is getting ready to lay its eggs to over-winter. Seems to be a lot of Spring-like "getting ready for the new year" going on in the woods that day. I took the image to monochrome and cropped it vertically to exploit the sloping vertical lines of the leaf edge and web.

Technical info 1/40, f/14 100mm

6 comments posted

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
Most of us would overlooked a tiny scene like this. I like the pattern of the white treads that gives a kind of graphical look. I

I don't know if you had chance to get closer, but a tighter frame with just the spider net, framed by the thin branches would worked better. You have cropped quite a lot, but I think you could cropped the leaf out completely or darkened it as it takes attention from the main subject. I would also lighten the spider to make it the point of interest.   Posted: 11/07/2021 01:08:52
Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
Thanks, Arne. The graphical look is what intrigued me. I am very pleased with another image of this web, which is taken so near to the camera that I needed to stack several exposures. When I see the colors diffracting through the web strands, I could not bear to convert it to BW. Maybe I should try, though.
See https://community.naturephotographers.network/t/surprise-colors-repost/25037   Posted: 11/07/2021 09:12:26

Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Hi Dick, it's definitely an extraordinary shot & processing; nevertheless, I agree with Arne that you cropped a lot e.g. full or 3/4 of leaf would enhance the beauty of spider web. Well-done, thanks for sharing.   Posted: 11/07/2021 07:43:12
Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
Thank you, Ata. Actually, 3/4 of the leaf has been cropped; the leaf without stem is larger than a man's hand. I left an illuminated edge as it seems to complement the web. Perhaps that makes the viewer's eye ping-pong between the two elements. See the link in my response to Arne for a closer version.   Posted: 11/07/2021 09:19:12

Tracy Szela   Tracy Szela
I really like the cropping and B&W treatment here. The web really stands out in the B&W image and the lighting you captured on it is lovely.   Posted: 11/08/2021 20:17:51

Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Hi Dick,

Thank you for sharing.
I understand your intention but this is a really a challenging transformation.
You need to crop out 3/4 of portion from the original and zoom in a small part of it.
You achieved your vision partially to show the net but I am not sure that this is what you were going after.
If the spider in the center is captured clear enough to identify it as a spider, then it might work better. Currently there is no "center of attention" in the image.
Also, there are a couple of white spots in the background which distract my eye away from the net as well.

  Posted: 11/09/2021 01:35:03


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