Wednesday, 16 June 2010


Hi everyone sorry I have not been very active over the last week a couple of things have curtailed my activity, one of which is that I had a computer problem that made it lock up on start up and took me a while to sort out. Secondly I have had a stomach virus for a couple of days but glad to say I am ok again now. So I will be catching up on your blogs over the coming days. Right on to this latest post and as you know I like to try different things in my Photography, so I was in the garden yesterday with the camera looking for insects and on the garden wall I spotted Red Spider to the naked eye these are pin head size, which at a guess is less than a 1/4mm, and I wondered if I could get a photo of one. So having made an addition to the setup I took a few shots and ended up with the image below, this image has been enlarged 100/% to try and give better detail, and the shot was handheld.
Normally I do not include EXIF of the setup but for this image I used the following.

Camera  Canon EOS 20D
Lens  Canon 60mm Macro with 12mm Extension Tube.
Marumi Ring Flash Unit.
Exposure  Shutter Speed 1/250 second
f Stop f:7.1

I will try this again using a tripod to see if I can improve the image.


Just for anyone interested I have included a photo of the equipment used.

Finally I would like to say thanks to Jeremy and Elettra for looking and posting comments.


  1. Glad you are on the mend. Beautiful picture and your equipment is a lot better than mine. Glad to see you back and I will be also.

  2. Great shot Monts,good enlargement of a very small
    Spider mite.
    Glad to see you back.

  3. That is excellent work these things are tiny!!!

  4. WOW, very impressive! Now if I can just stop itching! haha!
    Glad you are feeling better.
    ☼ Sunny

  5. Wow! That is an incredible shot! So pleased to hear you are feeling back to your old self. I understand that Cornwall is the mythical home of the little people and that the woods are full of fairies! Any truth to that? ~karen