Allen Tucker  

Iris Mystery by Allen Tucker

August 2022 - Iris Mystery

About the Image(s)

Trying out a new macro lens around an iris bed on a damp spring morning, I came upon this spider carrying a dew drop on its back. Does anyone know why? My guess is camouflage, photographed from above optical distortion produces an enlarged and distorted body that could confuse a predatory bird.

Shot with Fuji X-S10, Laowa 65mm macro lens, ISO 400, 1/150s, aperture not recorded, hand held, manual focus, 3 shot burst while leaning in. The light was perfect, Fuji’s Velvia film simulation jpeg gave me all the color and contrast for the scene, a slight crop in Lightroom was my only processing.

4 comments posted

Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
Hello Allen. Welcome into this group, and happy to discuss with you. I hope you will enjoy participating.
Well done for a try of your new macro lens...
I appreciate the composition and the format. The contrast of colors is also well done.
We can see the subject with the drop. Quite amazing this drop. Nature is well done.
I have no answer to your question...
Thank again for participating.   Posted: 08/02/2022 02:36:03

Dan McKenna   Dan McKenna
I like the creative use of dof, and the subject material. My guess is the spider has yet to wake up as the day increases in temperature.   Posted: 08/02/2022 12:15:52
Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
I know that feeling.   Posted: 08/02/2022 15:18:46

Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
I really am enjoying the 'story" associated with this image. Here the story is about the spider and his drop, and the flower petal is a backdrop to the story. As a background element the iris petal is perfect, with natural lines leading to the main subject. The color and clarity are appropriate here as well. The spider is clear, sharp and appropriately sized to carry the role of the main subject. Interesting query regarding the drop. I have no idea. Nice Job …   Posted: 08/07/2022 12:21:56


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