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Fall Season
TrueToad / Tuesday, October 11, 2016 / Categories: The Photography Blog

Fall Season

Change of Seasons

Today, I spent 3 hours hiking out carrying my 15lb DSLR camera rig to capture a few images that best represent our transition into fall. This small collection of images are common for my area this time of year and I hope you enjoy.  

Some challenges with close in photography (macro) especially spiders hanging on their webs is obtaining sharp focus across the width and depth of the spider, and of course the wind blowing the spider around while you attempt to focus.

The Orb Spider pictured is one of two living outside my home this fall, and I am very pleased. One is near our entrance way and I had the pleasure of seeing her each afternoon as I came home. The second one was more discrete living near a bush both welcome and I am honored to have the eaters of insects living here.  Just remember once established they rarely move beyond their web and filter many insects into their diet.  What a deal.

In order to live here - they must let me photograph them - all agreed.

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Photographer's Notes

Obtaining good photos of very small birds with a super telephoto is not a simple task.  Some may think if you have a big lens your worries are over, but in fact bird photography takes time, luck, and patience. You have to deal with contrast lighting, fast moving birds that don't perch in the same spot long, and wide exposure settings to match the ever changing situation.   With an excellent camera like the Nikon D500 and a fast long lens, most of your challenges are manageable.


Note:  I included a few photos from October and November to better convey fall. Most were taken on the day of this posting, but a few were not - just for honesty, but all in Fall Season for sure.

  • Nikkor 600mm f/4 FL ED VR
Camera Body
  • Nikon D500


I live at the edge of the forest in semi-moist locations, I enjoy larva, and other delights. Although I am toothless and mostly warty, I am a sight to see.

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