I have posted before on male Tegenaria spiders starting searching for females at this time of the year. I came across one this afternoon under the cat's bed. It has taken me a while but I am forcing myself more and more to use the flash, especially now that the days are shorter and strong natural light is a commodity we don't came across that often. With a built-in flash a straight macro shot gives a large shadow where the objective blocks the flash light, but I avoid this shadow falling on the target by first focusing on the target and tilting the camera to one side to shoot, and alternatively, by using the zoom. A bit of cropping and voila! shadow gone.