Photograph a Spider’s Web

One subject that presents photographer with wonderful opportunities but also with lot of challenges is the Spider’s Web. There is something delicate, flexible and the beauty that draws me to them every time.

Spider webs are incredibility light and if there is any hint of breath in the air they will move as you photograph. This has potential to cause blur in the shot.

Remember where there is a web there is a small creature that made it. Be environmental friendly.

With Spider’s web it is particularly important to have a plain and dark background. This itself will enable the web to stand out.

Choose large aperture ( small ‘f number’ ) to give a shallow depth of field. Shoot from head on and tripods please.

One of the classic photos of Spider’s Webs are those with dew or rain droplets on them. The best time for dewby webs is  Mornings. Fill the frame and shoot from both sides.

I find that shooting with natural light is generally best – but sometimes adding artificial light using flash can get some good highlights.

How do you describe a Photograph ?

I  think that a photograph is a reflection of  “mind’s eye” of a photographer.  When that evokes something within us or stirs a memory related to that , or reminds us of some harmonious event , place or thing, we say “like it” . When is tells us some story in clarity, we like it a lot. When depicted well we say “love it”.

It is very well said by Ansel Adams – ” A true photograph need not be explained, nor it can be contained in words.”

It might appeal to your sense of beauty because of the photographer’s control of composition, light, symmetry, graphics or some other quality. Mostly we deal with compositions and leave the equipments and technical jargons. Specifically with composition a photographer draws a viewer into colors and shades just as ‘walk in the woods’ – each step revealing something new. The closer you are physically to the image, the more you see but yet moving away also allows you to see more.

I read once :

” Photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of second, of the significance of an event as well as the precise organization of forms which gives that event its proper expression. In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little human detail can become a leitmotif.”

by Henri Cartier-Bresson

I wish I had a D-SLR

Nikon D-SLR NIKON cameras, one of its kind. Photography has been my hobby since long. My subjects being Wildlife & Nature.Though I still use an old film camera to capture images, I admire to have one of those D-SLRs in my hand. Getting films developed and printed is a bit expensive now a days. In both ways – time and money. Scanned images of those stills are not attractive as well.So I don’t upload it on web for comments / feedback from photographers across the globe.

Couple of years ago I met Kalyan Varma – a wild life photographer, film maker, a naturalist. During coffee break I asked him about his photography gears. Got some information. I was really inspired by his photography. Since then I was keeping a pace on his photographs / blogs. I actually learn t most of the tips from stuffs posted on  his web page. Photographs are just awesome. I am planning to attend his workshops later this year.

Waterfall

Waterfalls looks beautiful with long exposures.

The water gets this smooth surface.It all depends on shutter speed ; most of the case 1/500.

Drooplet

I do believe Photography is a wonderful piece of art. I am going to carry it for long.

Lens-View

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What is your first thought when you see any beautiful object ? For me, it is to capture it and keep it as subject which has touched or  inspired or motivated me. Lens ,which makes us view something and light both play good role in this exposure. Most of the non-speaking objects inspires me. It calls something within me to show my photographic skills.

Being a systems guy and working in areas of Linux and Virtualization at times I do come out from technology arena and dedicate my time in learning photography techniques. I want to carry it as a hobby not as a profession. Watching some breath taking shots in Discovery channel really touches me.

After attending some interesting sessions on how to use SLR & D-SLR cameras at BARCAMP 4 held at IIM-Bangalore I learnt atleast some techniques to use SLR (Single Lens Reflex) cameras. Google search engine,helped me to gain some knowledge on SLRs. Don’t know when I will own one of them. Taking shots from my old film camera is a lengthy one.I have to wait for couple of weeks to finish one roll. Give it for development and then comes out the stills. Subjects I choose falls under — wild-life, nature. I am scared of snakes but I still allow myself to capture them using gears.

Preparing myself for the day to have at least one of my shots on National Geographic. Their photo contest is a challenging one.

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