I tried sourcing this Orb-weaver spider’s name and failed. For me, ID’ing birds are rather simple and straight forward (warblers excuse). In the insect world, I find the ID and size of the animal to be inversely proportionate.
At the onset of monsoon, the larger intent of this microblog is beyond the image. So, I stopped worrying about the accuracy of this spider’s name and continued writing..
We, macro photographers have a very narrow line of defence.. from critics and critical conservationists, and for a good reason. More often than not, you would witness a subject severely harassed for that one “perfect” image; leave alone the atrocities of some insane and immature field guides (pseudo naturalists), who mushroom during the peak season around ecological hotspots.
Monsoon is ‘the’ time of the year when all the action begins in the macro world. Life bubbling everywhere and everything you see, touch and feel is in its prime.
I do not intend to preach, but over the years I have started practicing something called – ‘3’ shots rule, while engaging in close proximity night macro photography aided by speed light (flash). No matter, how beautiful, how intriguing, how rare, how cooperative the subject, surroundings and elements are – I limit myself to three quick succession shots. If I am able to compose and create images that I can keep, nothing like it; else move on to find another.
This may not be 100% harmless but way better than extended duration blinding flash strobes, in my opinion. Also, important to note that this is the only time of the year most of these creatures procreate. Lesser time we are around, the better it is for their continuity of existence.
In my initial days as a photographer, I too have committed mistakes and guilty of repeated shots to get the so called ‘best image’ while photographing subjects at night – Realised it, still regret it but more importantly would never repeat it. How about you!?