Earlier in the fall, on a crisp, dewy morning, while on a walk around our acreage, my husband and I began noticing the sun glistening off of what seemed like hundreds of spider webs. Some inhabited, some abandoned, all of them covered in shiny pearls of dew. As a person who’s not typically a fan of the eight-legged arachnids, I was utterly fascinated by the amount of webs that were scattered about. This particular morning, I couldn’t get close enough to the spiders and their webs.
Since I started the trek without my camera, I ran back to the house to grab it and began snapping away.
Below is a collection of my favorite images from that morning. As a photographer, there is nothing more exciting than discovering something so beautiful right beneath your nose–or toes in this case, as i nearly tripped over a dozen of them! My husband was my spotter–he was pointing them out faster than I could photograph them and it was quit challenging to keep our rambunctious bulldog from plowing through them before I had the opportunity to determine if they were photograph-worthy in the first place.
The challenge while shooting the webs was not only to get them in focus, but keep them there. I played with focal points quite a bit and, while I loved having the dew on the web in focus, sometimes, the ones that didn’t come out perfect proved to be interesting too. A few of them even show a neat bokeh effect–some intentional, others pure chance–I didn’t discover it until I opened them in photoshop for post-processing.