This weekend, I did not have much time to go out and shoot, so I got my photography in by taking some shots of a Phidippus
johnsoni female we are keeping in the apartment. In some of these shots, I was trying to mix hard and soft light to show the hairs of teh spider more clearly, but with the activity of the spider, it became a bit of a free-for-all regarding lighting.
Update: I am not sure if this is Phidippus johnsoni. It may well be P. borealis.
Here is the spider just before leaping. The extended forelegs are characteristic of an about-to-leap jumper.
This is the effect I was going for with the bare flash to the rear.
The colour of the chelicerae seems to depend hugely on the angle of light. Not surprising, as this seems to be an example of structural colouration.
Here they are with more direct lighting.
When not tearing around the tabletop studio, the jumper liked to hide in the dried leaves.