Day 124: Jumping Spider

by Ivan Steenkamp May. 10, 2017 1644 views


I have always loved jumping spiders! They are so cute and fluffy, and they can't bite me! 

This is a male house hopper (Hypoblemum albovittatum) jumping spider. It was really hard for me to photograph him. He was jumping from the palm frond onto the table and floor all the time! Tricky little spider!!!

I use my 50mm lens and reverse it on my camera to convert it to a macro lens. Because the lens is reversed I have to use a small aperture to get a sharp photo, so it was really hard to see through the lens. I used a little torch to focus on the spider while moving the camera to and fro to focus, as I did not have auto focus.

A small furry jumping spider on a green leaf. the legs are spread out across the leaf

Climbing over the green hills.

A small brown spider with green eyes on a green leaf.

Looking about.

A small brown spider about to jump from a green leaf

About to jump.

Small brown jumping spider on a brown leaf. The spider has green eyes and is looking straight at you.

Eyeing you out!

Metadata: D5300, 50mm ƒ/1.8 reverse mounted.

Lighting: Yongnuo flash with softbox.

Editing: Photoshop, Camera Raw, Color Efex Pro, Dfine.


The jumping spider family (Salticidae) contains over 600 described genera and more than 5800 described species,[1] making it the largest family of spiders with about 13% of all species.[2] Jumping spiders have some of the best vision among arthropods and use it in courtship, hunting, and navigation. Although they normally move unobtrusively and fairly slowly, most species are capable of very agile jumps, notably when hunting, but sometimes in response to sudden threats or crossing long gaps. ~ Wikipedia
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Sarah Ernst 2 years, 9 months ago

These are great! Absolutely great!

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Radha Mistry 3 years, 5 months ago

your spider pictures are beautiful

3 years, 5 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker 3 years, 5 months ago

These are fantastic Ivan - thanks for sharing the info about how you took them.

3 years, 5 months ago Edited
Ivan Steenkamp Replied to Helen Hooker 3 years, 5 months ago

Thank you, Helen! I'm happy that I can share my work with so many nice people like you!

3 years, 5 months ago Edited
Stephanie Hyde 3 years, 5 months ago

Awesome set! How close do you have to be to get these with the reverse lens technique? I use it on my 35mm and feel like I'm on top of whatever I have to focus on. No way I'd be that close, lol.

3 years, 5 months ago Edited
Ivan Steenkamp Replied to Stephanie Hyde 3 years, 5 months ago

With a 50mm reverse mounted I have to get about 10cmm from the subject for it to be in focus. I have noticed when I use my 18-105mm reversed on the 18mm side I am nearly touching the subject. So I think that the wider a focal length you reverse the closer you'll have to get. BTW I'm glad you like the photos!

3 years, 5 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 3 years, 5 months ago

Incredible images. Great work

3 years, 5 months ago Edited
Ivan Steenkamp Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 5 months ago

Thanks Antonio!

3 years, 5 months ago Edited