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Notice your surroundings.

This shot was taken on a bridge next to an ornate stone sign. Interestingly, the sign was covered in spiders. One had spun a web between the sign and a tree.

Part of the challenge was getting the spider in focus. It was dark, and not the best situation to try manual focus. At this distance, the depth of field is small enough that manually focusing is pretty much impossible. This shot relied on the camera’s AF system to target the spider.

Although a bit creepy, the shot turned out. It didn’t allow for a ton of lens work for this close-up. The shot uses an 18–55mm kit lens, which meant it is zoomed in and the photographer had to stand close.

Settings: f/8, 1/160 second, ISO 100, 55mm focal length. APS-C.

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