Freeman Patterson, the author of Photography and the Art of Seeing, opened my eyes to this sort of photograph. His images of webs are more free than this one – I had in mind a strict design:
The literal way to photograph a web is to step back and get as parallel as possible and get the whole orb pattern. But when you get close, shoot at an angle, and open up the aperture of you lens, you see all sorts of new things. I did a black and white version of this first, but I’ve grown to like the faint prismatic colors. Something other than a bug or a flower is good for a change!