Cosmophasis thalassina (Sea-green Jumping Spider)
IUCN Status: Not Assessed
I really like jumping spiders. As photographic subjects they are stunningly beautiful, yet challenging. They are typically tiny, so getting them to adequately fill the sensor requires special additions to the lens system such as tele-converters
and/or extension tubes
. Both of these tools and the related need for a small aperture all rob light form the exposure, and require additional light (from three flash units in this case).
A further challenge photographing jumping spiders is their behaviour. They very rarely sit still, and then not for long. Trying to track tiny subjects at extremely close distances to the front lens element, at high focal length is extremely challenging and quickly gaining accurate focus when they stop in an interesting pose is critical.
I really like photographing jumping spiders.