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Jay Barnes, Contributing Editor
To reach me, please address your e-mail to: zygoballus at yahoo dot com.
City, state, country:
Johnstown, Ohio, USA

I am a mid-30's (okay, very late 30's now (ugh, 40 already?) wow, damn near 50!) amateur photographer and naturalist with an interest in birds, insects and spiders. My "day job" is that of an IT security professional in Columbus, Ohio.

Most of my reasonably serious photography work is with jumping spiders, where I am attempting to document the
changes in physical appearance that take place in single specimens as they grow from juvenile to adult. On a broader scale, one of my goals is to provide solid photographic documentation of every salticid species found in Ohio. The combination of these efforts should hopefully fill in some of the major gaps that still exist in what is otherwise considered to be a well-studied spider family.

Please note that most of my jumping spiders are photographed indoors in a controlled environment. I do my best to replicate the setting in which the spider was originally collected, or where others of the same species have been observed.

Equipment used usually includes a Canon 30D body, Sigma 180mm lens, Sigma teleconverters and one or more Canon 580EX Speedlites. For the tiny subjects I use a Canon MP-E 65mm lens.

Most recent purchase has been an Olympus BH2/BHT body, BH2-UMA, a few objecives, lights, etc.
A few good examples so far include:

I am always behind in my photo editing, but you can find a small collection of my bird photos at

Note: If I frassed one or more of your spider images without explanation, it's most likely due to one of the reasons listed in
this article. If you disagree and wish for your image to remain here, simply state this in an additional comment to the image and then move it back to the guide.
Please keep in mind that some specimens are nearly impossible to identify without very detailed images, since there may be several species that are quite similar to the one you photographed. The species pages on BugGuide do not represent a complete list of all the species known in North America.
More importantly, don't get frustrated! The actual number of out-of-focus, improperly exposed photographs I've shot over the years is absolutely staggering.

Jay Barnes