One of the things my father told me when he gave me my first camera (an old manual Nikon EM which belonged to my grandfather) is that patience is the photographer’s most important attribute. After he spent a small fortune developing reams of my out of focus and over-exposed film I think that this mantra might be more applicable to the father of the budding photographer rather than the photographer himself!
Nonetheless, his advice has stuck with me, and I often find myself sitting for hours watching insects and wildlife in search of a good shot. Luckily my passion for wildlife makes this waiting far from tedious. I sat for nearly an hour with my girlfriend Tori (luckily she is as patient with me as my father once was!), on a rather chilly night in South Africa in April, watching this Orb Web Spider building its web from scratch, in anticipation of this photograph.