Using the blackboard makes a very strong background. These are the kinds of tricks I am learning on this forum. I noticed in another thread a member recommended using a higher f-stop to keep more of the spider in focus. Is this something you have tried? I can certainly see the difference in your pics with your macro lens compared to my shots using the telephoto. Great pic and nice technique. It may be time for a Spider Specific thread since these are such great subjects.
Hi and thanks for the comments both to you and Marcus
Yes I tried some with a smaller aperture but personally I really like narrow DOF shots with extremely crisp parts and then slight blur on other parts of the subject (not everyone likes that I know), also with the macro lens because I am around 12" from the subject even at f11 and f16 it's still pretty impossible to get the whole spider tack sharp.
I will take another shot or two later with some smaller apertures and show you what I mean, also once you get in to really small apertures at very close distances I find the image can then becomes almost soft looking and flat - again I will try and show what I mean later (if the rain stops).
Spiders do not seem to be a problem at the moment there are HUNDREDS of them around our garden lol, I took a walk around it yesterday and ended up walking through a web, one of these things was right in the middle of the web too, fortunately he fell to the ground... Did I mention that I actually really dislike spiders (not a phobia as such but probably quite close to one).