I decided to share some of the worst photos I took when I was spraying water with a mister bottle onto spider webs, thereby making fake dew. It evolved, as my ideas tend to do, and the next thing I knew, it was night, and I was in my yard, spraying webs, and then holding a flashlight and then a laser pointer under the webs with one hand, while trying to snap pictures with the camera in my other hand.
I already shared the ones that worked. I really thought that if I wiggled the laser around, I would get some awesome effects.
I should have had someone hold the laser.
I just couldn’t hold the camera still enough, or focus correctly.
But these might be leading me closer to some great photos.
We will have to see.
I also learned not to use the flash. That just makes it worse.
Even during the day, I am still learning how to do this. Some combination of settings and lens will let me have more of the web in focus.
I mean, that is a perfectly nice picture. A little blurry. That is why I often resort to cropping to the focused parts, or, even better, doing digital magic to the photo…
… and ending up with the very first perfectly symmetrical spider web.
The camera just doesn’t want to focus on small, clear drops of water or thin webs. It likes the background better.
Or sometimes, there is a dog hair in your photo.
Or that annoying spot, up near the top, which seems to be on an inside lens of my camera, because I can’t clean it off. I learned that I have to go to a camera shop and pay somebody to do it.