This image represents the beginnings of what I hope will be a definitive series of jumping spiders. My summer project will include the "bold jumper" (phidippus audax) and the "regal jumper" (phidippus regius). The series will focus on action and story-telling imagery. I hope to cover all the natural history of the jumper along with predator-prey, courtship-mating and everything in between. The resulting imagery should be world class.
"The females of this Floridian species exist as grey morph and red morph. The males are black and look almost identical to the well-photographed "bold jumper" species which is often seen in the south Texas photography contests. Many of the existing jump shots of jumping spiders are of the left-to-right variety, effectively hiding the huge, inquisitive eyes. This shot was painstakingly designed to show the jumping behavior as well as the big eyes. The distance across the gap is less than one inch. Flash output is no greater than 1/32 to keep the effective shutter speed at about 1/17000. D300, Sigma 150mm macro, 4 SB-800 flashes (2 in softbox, 1 backlit, one head-on for catchlights), Phototrap"