The Spider and the Web

My recent purchase of a telephoto zoom lens for the Sony NEX (the SEL 55-210 f/4.5-6.3), made me looking for new subjects to shoot, out of my ordinary photography style. I was lucky enough to stop my car next to a spectacle I don’t see very often (probably due to the fact that I am not really into insects and plants photography).

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(Sony NEX 5N, Sony SEL 55-210 lens)

All over the place, was web on foliage and branches and that really caught my attention. The long telephoto (315mm equivalent at its long end) made it very easy to capture some close ups. By using the macro mode on the Sony NEX, I was able to really get very close to the web formations and make some interesting images.

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(Sony NEX 5N, Sony SEL 55-210 lens)

One thing I noticed, is that the SEL 55-210 is not very fast when auto focusing. Even when I chose the spot focus option, it kept focusing at the wrong spot. The solution of course was to manually focus (as I should have been from the start since I was in macro mode) and I was OK. The OLED viewfinder of the NEX proved to be really indispensable since I could not see very well the LCD on bright sunlight. It also helped me be more steady and keep my subjects properly focused.

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The web formations really fascinated me, different forms and shapes created very interesting images. I chose to convert some of them to black and white since they looked really better in monochrome.

It really was a very good feeling shooting a completely new subject. After all, that was the reason I purchased the 55-210, so I am really happy that my choice.

Enjoy the rest of the images.

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