Macro photography is one of my passions, and I have been progressively working on getting more magnified images by adding the Raynox DCR250 to my Sigma 150mm macro and my Nikon D610. I had posted a first try image earlier and one of the suggestions was to try a larger aperture (e.g. f/11 – f/16) so after finding another Jumping spider in the back yard I decided to have another go. This image was captured with the Nikon D610, Sigma 150mm Macro and is probably about 1.6:1 – 2:1 magnification.

I had to bump up the ISO to get the shutter speed fast enough (since I was not using a flash), and the EXIF / Shot details were 1/50 seconds, f/11, ISO 2000. As there was a large amount of noise this was removed using Topaz DeNoise AI, before the image was edited in Skylum Luminar 4 (using Enhance AI and Structure AI). I brought the image into Affinity Photo to try and remove some dirt from the surface (the spider was on a black porcelain tile which is reflecting the blue sky, but also contained a significant amount of dirt / dust / distractions).

I am much happier with this capture, still a long way to go but practice makes perfect :). FYI The spider was not harmed in the taking of these photos, and was returned back to where it was found.

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