What a miracle to have stumbled across this scene. A perfect spring morning, a perfect spider web, and perfect naturally occurring water droplets from the morning dew. There is no substitute for being in the right place at the right time. An hour later, the droplets had evaporated as the sun rose higher.
When you come across a unique photo opportunity, you will get the best results if you understand your equipment, and know how to get the best shot under the circumstances. It is vitally important to study and understand Depth of Field (DOF). In this case shallow DOF helps the web stand out from the background. I focused on the center of the web, and with the lens aperture set at f/5, the background was rendered out of focus which is what I wanted.
Had the background been as sharp as the web, the web would not have stood out as well.
In 35 years of photographing, this is the most perfect web I have ever seen. So don't despair if you rarely come across the perfection you seek. Keep getting out there and be prepared for whatever you happen to find.
Shutter Speed 1/1250 sec. Aperture f/5. ISO 400. Lens: Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS macro. Camera: Canon 5D Mark III. Handheld.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The difference between utility, and utility plus beauty, is the difference between telephone wires and the spider web." -Edwin Way Teale