What? You thought I meant a glass and card to trap and humanely remove it? I'm an insect photographer. I'll do that after I've got the shot.
So, late at night I'm banging about in the bathroom, manipulating the equipment described above in an attempt to get a good shot. It wasn't easy, and I'm still not entirely happy with the results. Even though my tripod - a Velbon CF530 - allows me to open the legs out almost flat I can't seem to get them into a position to support the weight of camera and lens and get close enough to the spider. Eventually I end up with one leg in the bath, two flat on the bath surround and the lens pointing almost vertically downward.
|Tagenaria gigantea - a closer view|
Like it or not, spiders will creep into our houses. I was doing some decorating yesterday, preparing a room for a badly needed repaint. I moved a piece of furniture to unveil a couple of previously hidden false widow spiders, Steatoda grossa. One vanished with speed, one seemed content to stay around. Who could resist an opportunity like that? Out came the 600D, this time with Tamron 90mm and 25mm extension tube and decorating ceased for a while.