Jumping Spiders are a favorite subject of mine. I believe this little one is a female Eris militaris, though I’m no expert. The shot was taken in northern California on a small purple artichoke.
I didn’t have a ton of light and I was taking the shot hand held, so I used a 400 ISO, which is pretty much admitting that I was going to have to shrink the resulting image a bit to get rid of graininess. If you click the image, you can zoom in. I reduced the image size by a third after some raw processing for sharpness and noise, and I’m pretty happy with the results for a hand held, existing light (bright shade) shot. The colors are awesome and there is a lot of potential composition to work with. I cropped some off of the bottom, but I think this could be framed a lot of different ways and still work. I’ve only got so many walls, and years of fun photos to choose from, but there’s something about this one that makes me want to have a canvas print made.
Camera settings for Jumping Spider Picture – Eris Militaris:
- Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
- Lens: EF-S60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
- Shutter Speed: 1/160
- ISO: 400
- Aperture: Av 5.6
Post Processing: Edited in RAW for sharpness and grain, cropped and reduced image size by a third.