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Copyright: Riaan van der Merwe (mrvdm1) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 97 W: 14 N: 93] (301)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-08
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 Super Macro II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-08-10 3:05
Viewed: 5129
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
All good things come with time, which is what Iíve learned. Iíve upgraded my camera (didnít have a choice), and now time is something I donít have enough of. But I can say that with a smile!!

This arachnid joined us as we were camping over the weekend, spinning his web between the tent pole and anchor rope. It took him about 5 minutes to complete a perfect silk web, before the waiting started. I had the opportunity to take a few shots with him/her sitting still, although the wind didnít really play along.

Iím not sure what specimen this is, if someone can please assist or point me in the right direction. What I can tell you is that it is about 5mm long and the colors are true as I only adjusted the brightness and contrast.

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To Luc: Garden Spidermrvdm1 1 08-10 03:29
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wow worth the wait well done abit more detail showing the web would really enhance the picture

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-10 3:28]

Hello Riaan!
Very nice capture.It's very hard to get sharper results especially at windy days.I liked POV and composition.TFS...:-)

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-10 3:45]
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Araneus diadematus is popularly known as the "Garden Spider", and indeed it is quite common in gardens, though it is more a species of scrubby heathland or amongst gorse.
It is a typical spider, with, in this species, eight eyes, its thorax and abdomen clearly differentiated, the abdomen lacking any external segmentation and with a silk-producing spinner at the rear.
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I am not absolutely sure. It must be confirmed by a more experimented member.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-08-10 11:37]

Pragtige skoot Riaan! You captured this very well, but Gerhard (Mr Spiderman himself) will be the best man to provide an ID. My guys is that it could be one of the Hairy Field Spiders (Genera Neoscona, Araneus or Afraraneus) or so my little program tells me :)

I like the composition as well.



I posted a WS but cannot see it here?

Nice shot.

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