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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:04 am 
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Mark,

Using the blackboard makes a very strong background. These are the kinds of tricks I am learning on this forum. I noticed in another thread a member recommended using a higher f-stop to keep more of the spider in focus. Is this something you have tried? I can certainly see the difference in your pics with your macro lens compared to my shots using the telephoto. Great pic and nice technique. It may be time for a Spider Specific thread since these are such great subjects.


Hi and thanks for the comments both to you and Marcus :)

Yes I tried some with a smaller aperture but personally I really like narrow DOF shots with extremely crisp parts and then slight blur on other parts of the subject (not everyone likes that I know), also with the macro lens because I am around 12" from the subject even at f11 and f16 it's still pretty impossible to get the whole spider tack sharp.

I will take another shot or two later with some smaller apertures and show you what I mean, also once you get in to really small apertures at very close distances I find the image can then becomes almost soft looking and flat - again I will try and show what I mean later (if the rain stops).

Spiders do not seem to be a problem at the moment there are HUNDREDS of them around our garden lol, I took a walk around it yesterday and ended up walking through a web, one of these things was right in the middle of the web too, fortunately he fell to the ground... Did I mention that I actually really dislike spiders (not a phobia as such but probably quite close to one).

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Here's one of the same type of spider with a larger DOF :)

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I like it! the web looks cool... I saw this on the DPC site and thought this must be the works of Mark... Then I looked at your name and was like YEAA I win!!! Haha...


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Mark,

Thanks for the additional pic. I do see the difference using the larger dof. I agree that both techniques are useful and subject to what you are trying to present. OK, now I just need to get out and try some different shots myself. Thanks again for the great lessons.

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i agree with the need for a spider specific thread! can we use this one?

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Since it is Mark's thread, I guess it is up to him if everyone can hijack it for the Arachnids collection. He has given us some great pics for a start. I vote yes.

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Please feel free :) I will be popping in quite a lot as well as there are SO MANY spiders about at the moment lol

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good! here is some spiders that i have been able to shoot.

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and my favorite so far is this sinister looking guy. i found him at work one night and didnt have my camera, so i put him in a little container and took him home, got some pictures then set him free. he was very cooperative :)

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these were all shot with my 18-55 kit lens, then cropped and the colors tweaked a bit

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Cool spiders man. I too like the second shot. Whats the name of the spider in the first one. I have those type of spiders near my house and was just wondering on the name of that type. I need to start getting some shots of different things.... I haven't been able to get out lately... I think that will change soon though.


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Daddy Longlegs taken with my Coolpix S51

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thanks! i am not sure what kind of spider that first one is, saw him while doing the dishes one morning.
i guess its some form of daddy long legs.

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Supervillian,
That looks like a Harvestman - Phalangium opilio. It appears to be a male based upon the horn-like parts in front. The link below is The BugGuide with a similar picture.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/151739/bgpage

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I found this big guy in an abandoned house down the street... I liked the way it came out...


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Really great shots Mark, hope these are all garden spiders, find myself looking around the house and checking the bedclothes before i sleep.......just in case. ugh...........
My youngest daughter used to sleep with cotton wool in her ears.,she had a phobia that a small spider would crawl in and nest in her ear......which is not unheard of ................omg i cringe at the thought , sue :lol:

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I got this little guy today hunting for some flies while I was cleaning my window :D
He stopped, make this pose and waited for me to shoot. Then jumped to my neighbor's. Lunch time probably 8)

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