Spider in the frame
The moment he saw the skeleton of a prickly pear cactus leaf Juan wanted to photograph it. A small spider – less than a centimetre across – hiding in a gap in the dried framework gave him the focal point. Conditions were good. It was a mild January day, and the prickly pear was on a sunny slope on farmland in Andalusia, Spain. But the skeleton leaf was in the midst of other vegetation. To isolate it, Juan positioned a sheet of white card behind the leaf, taking great care not to disturb the spider. He then composed his image, shooting in black and white so that nothing would distract from the shapes and texture.
Canon EOS 7D + 100mm f2.8 lens; 1/250 sec at f7.1; ISO 100; Manfrotto tripod.
Ojén, Málaga, Spain
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Juan Jesus Gonzalez Ahumada, Spain
Juan Jesus has spent almost 20 years photographing and studying animal behaviour. He is passionate about wildlife, having been in regular contact with nature while growing up in the countryside. Juan Jesus is self-taught, learning from books and by experimenting with his camera.