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This isn’t going to be everyone’s thing – it’s not mine either to be honest. It’s a bit ‘eww yuck’ but there is a certain morbid fascination to it  …. and the dragonfly was already beyond help when I found them. However, it was interesting and I can’t resist photographing ‘interesting’ things. Black background picture of a dragonfly caught mid flight in a garden spider's web with the spider devouring itI’ve never seen anything so large caught in an English spider’s web before; I’m sure small children get caught up in bigger badder parts of the world – but this is England after all!

As well as an interesting subject this proved interesting to capture – two points of interest – how could I resist?! Access was limited as the web was on the edge of a pond and their orientation necessitated grovelling about in the damp margins for the requisite low viewpoint; a black cloth being used to replace the subsequently cluttered background. (Perhaps black wasn’t the best colour but it was all I had to hand.) Also, as it was a breezy day I had to use flash; the first time I’ve used flash with macro – and off camera to boot. The biggest problem with using flash was trying to get an even spread of light – it’s surprising how much like mirror a dragonfly’s wings can be.

I’d be interested to hear what you think – whether photographically, emotionally or indeed any other response this image or subject prompts.

(All images are copyright to Noeline Smith)

EXIF data: ISO 200, spot metering, 1/60s, f25.0 at 105mm (macro lens), off camera flash. RAW file converted with Capture NX2

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