Huntsman

Huntsmans are one of those spiders that I’ve always had trouble photographing.

My usual technique when shooting spiders or other non-winged invertebrates is to place them in the bottom of a small fish tank or plastic storage tub. Generally speaking, most of my favourite types of targets can’t climb the smooth vertical surface, and as such they’re pretty easy to keep control of.

Huntsmans (all species as far as I’m aware) are a different matter altogether. With the hair covered pads on their feet they have no trouble at all climbing smooth vertical surfaces. Not only that, but they are also easily capable of walking accross the underside of container lids, ceilings, etc. They’re very easy to startle, and when you do they look for shelter.

And they’re fast.

Very fast.

So finding one that cooperates when you’re shooting it is a bit of challenge.

Thanks to Stacey’s parents though, I found this one:

Adult male grey huntsman spider being remarkably cooperative as I repeatedly flash bright lights in his face from close range.

Adult male grey huntsman spider (Holconia sp. not sure on specifics) being remarkably cooperative as I repeatedly flash bright lights in his face from close range.

Not only was he considerate enough to just sit there whilst I was taking many photos of him, he had also positioned himself on a window surround on the eastern side of Stacey’s parents house in the morning, so there was heaps of light coming from in front of him. Add an off camera flash above him and the light was awesome, even with stopped down metering from having the lens reversed.

All shots on my Canon 60D with my 24-105mm 1:4 L lens mounted reversed, except for the overview shot, which was with the lens mounted the correct way.

 

Shannon Walters

An amateur photographer who also spends time making chainmaille and doing too many other things to mention.

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