Itsy-Bitsy Questions. And Why I Liked the Color Version … « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Itsy-Bitsy Questions. And Why I Liked the Color Version ...

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With both fields and the South Peninsula flooded, I have been sticking to the side streets in search of wildflowers. I learn a bit more about working with the tripod-mounted Venus Optics Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO Lens for Sony E.

I will be heading out early today — Wednesday 15 JULY 2020. Mid-July? Are you kidding me?

Thanks to the folks who commented on the color or B&W question in the Some Respite From the Heat; this would make a nice jigsaw puzzle. On Not Letting the Old Man In … And a Used Like-New Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens! blog post here. Opinions were divided 50-50. I far prefer the color version as the yellow leaves remind me that my favorite time at Bosque is early in the season when there are still some yellow leaves on the cottonwoods.

With one sign-up already, I am really going to try to make Bosque work, hoping that it will be the first-ever socially-distanced IPT … The very best news is that the 2020 Festival of the Cranes has been canceled so we will be able to visit on what are usually the perfect dates! Do check out my Bosque Gallery here to see the creative possibilities.

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This image was created on the morning of 11 JULY 2020 at Indian Lake Estates. I used the Induro GIT 404L/FlexShooter Pro-mounted Venus Optics Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO Lens for Sony E and the 61MP monster, the Sony Alpha a7R IV Mirrorless Digital camera body ISO 800: 1/30 sec. at f/? (probably f/8) in Manual mode. The exposure was confirmed as perfect by RawDigger from a series of bracketed images. AWB at 8:10am early on a still, partly sunny morning.

Manual focus using the combination of Manual Focus Toggle and Focus Magnifier tips from the SONY e-guide along with the 2-second timer. Plamped in place to combat the breeze.

Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Image #1: Green Garden Spider on Grassleaf Barbara’s Buttons (Marshallia graminifolia) blossom

The Situation

On the morning of Saturday past, I returned to the corner of Flamingo Drive and Bougainville Drive — just six blocks from my home — to check out the three Grassleaf Barbara’s Buttons blossoms. Two of the three flowers had a Green Garden Spider on it. I spent a good thirty minutes photographing the larger of the two spiders. The third blossom had a smaller brown spider on it; I passed on that one, opting to concentrate my efforts on the largest more colorful subject.

This image was also created on the morning of 11 JULY 2020 at Indian Lake Estates. I used the Induro GIT 404L/FlexShooter Pro-mounted Venus Optics Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO Lens for Sony E and the 61MP monster, the Sony Alpha a7R IV Mirrorless Digital camera body ISO 1000: 1/200 sec. at f/? (probably f/5.6) in Manual mode. The exposure was confirmed as perfect by RawDigger from a series of bracketed images. AWB at 7:58am early on a still, partly sunny morning.

Manual focus using the combination of Manual Focus Toggle and Focus Magnifier tips from the SONY e-guide. Plamped in place to combat the breeze.

Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Image #2: Green Garden Spider on Grassleaf Barbara’s Buttons (Marshallia graminifolia) blossom — wider view

Your Favorite?

Which of today’s two featured images is the strongest? Do you like the tighter view in Image #1 or the wider view in Image #2? Do let us know why. Feel free to comment on the two image designs as well.

Depth-of-Field Question

Despite the fact that the aperture probably used for Image #1 was smaller than the aperture used for Image #2, much more of the spider is in sharp focus in Image #2. Why?

Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

A 100% crop of Green Garden Spider on Grassleaf Barbara’s Buttons (Marshallia graminifolia) blossom — wider view

Manual Focus Question …

After clicking on Image #2 to enlarge it, take a close look and let us know if you think that focus on face was spot on, slightly back focused, or slightly front focused. Explain why.

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8 comments to Itsy-Bitsy Questions. And Why I Liked the Color Version …

  • avatar Glen

    Although slightly back focused, I like the second version better.

  • avatar Mike Cristina

    #1 works for me because of the separation of the green on green

  • avatar Wayne Lea

    The spider is a green lynx spider (Peucetia viridens). It’s the largest of the family Oxyopedia which are characterized by large erect spines on the legs. It is specialized for living on plants and hunts by roaming. On occasion it can spit venom up to about 3/4″. The venom is mildly venomous to humans. I like image 1 the best, but prefer the blown up version even better, high megapixels are great.

  • Image 1 does not work for me because of out of focus elements in the foreground.
    Regarding the question – Closer the subject lesser the depth of field so we need to stop down more.

  • I love image #2 as everything flows together. The spider is facing at you and telling a story.
    I think the spider is more on the same plain and the focus is getting more in focus. As image #1 the back of the spider is much further away?
    Wisconsin Love

  • avatar Bob Allen

    Image #2 is the stronger image and is my favorite of the two. The composition shows more of the animal in its classic pose. Since the body is closer to being parallel to the camera’s sensor plane, more of the green lynx spider (Peucetia viridans) is within the depth of field and thus in focus. More of the flower is in focus too.
    Here one can see the eye pattern, important for spider identification, and the beautiful chevrons on the abdomen. Sometimes the spider is pinkish to nearly all pink!
    I dig this quote from J.H. Comstock 1912, “The lynx-spiders are so called because some species chase their prey with great rapidity over herbage and the foliage of trees and shrubs; they even jump from branch to branch…”. Thank you for sharing, Artie!

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks, Bob. Is this a lynx spider?

      Several folks (including you) are dancing around the correct answer without stating it clearly …

      with love, artie

  • avatar Gary Axten

    Although I like the closer image detail, especially the eyes. I find it a little confusing, busy perhaps. So I prefer the second cleaner image.

    Looking at the 100% crop the dof seems to extend behind & slightly in front of the face so I assume you focused on the face. Perhaps slightly forward, it’s hard to tell though. I’m surprised the eye cluster is slightly soft as it appears to be in the sharp zone.

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