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It continues to be a challenge for me to find ways of improving focus points, both their selection and execution, when depth of field is so shallow using the Canon Macro Lens with an adapter on the Sony A6000.

Today the dome spider helped out a little bit by being in a position that I could catch some profiles and get some semblance of focus on his eyes and across other parts of its body.

Today’s shots are untreated except the last two which have been cropped.

Dome spider - profile- watermarkedDome spider profile - front - 3 March 2015- watermarkedDome spider face - 3 March 2015- watermarkedCropped webhold - dome spider 3 March 2015- watermarked-1

It’s a windy day today with blue-glare skies, the kind of wind that feels like it might blow in a storm, or not.

The dome spider’s web is holding firm. Today’s first picture may not hit the mark as far as macro-focus goes, but it does show that this spider is not letting go, no matter how bumpy the ride.

dome spider - web aerials - Grunge 17 - 2 March- watermarkedDome spider 2 March 2015 - Grunge 17- watermarked-2Dome spider web - 2 March 2015 - Grunge 17- watermarked

First things first. I’ve always admired the technical skills demonstrated in the kind of photography that gets up close and personal with the subjects. Having spent the last two days doing almost nothing but attempting to come up with just one good shot, that admiration has increased considerably.

It’s not helped by the fact that I’m using an adapter. If there is a way of setting the f-stop prior to attaching the lens plus adapter, I haven’t found it yet. It would be helpful to have a smidge more depth of field control.

Still, I’ve got to know three garden spiders very well this weekend. With the right conditions and more practice, practice, practice …………

Sunday morning spiderdew dropSunday spider croppedorb spider 3