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Hi all,... Welcome,... to my burrow

Hi all,... Welcome,... to my burrow
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Copyright: Victor Mukherjee (vmukherjee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 0 N: 123] (1472)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-12
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Olympus Sp 510uz
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-14 1:37
Viewed: 3702
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Funnel Web spider. These spiders build webs on the ground, and make a burrow within the web. This one is standing at the entrance of its burrow, and the white web can be seen all around it. It waits for prey inside its burrow, and when an insect walks over the web, it can sense the vibration, and darts out. Whether it kills its prey instantly, or paralyzes it, I don't know.

These Funnel webs are pretty tricky to photograph. I have been trying for the last 3/4 months, and finally got a good shot. Many times I had tapped their webs gently to fool the spiders into believing that an insect has fallen in the trap. But the larger experienced spiders cannot be fooled that easily, and the smaller ones were fooled, but only for a fraction of a second.

Finally I got a large spider which was confident enough to wait for its prey at the entrance of its burrow.

Hope you like it.

Thanks for looking.

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Great shot! It just goes to show that perseverance pays off in the end. I like the sense of depth in this image and the spider looks ready to pounce! Great work!


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-09-14 2:11]

Hello Victor,
it is difficult to take pictures of spiders inside their home. In this case, there was sufficient light
to show the 'web owner' against the darkness of the interior well highlighted and sharp.
Excellent point of view and depth of field to present this scenery.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-09-14 7:58]

hi victor,
good to see your successful image of this spider. its just beautiful overall. your images of this spider won't get better than this. nice lighting, composition and colors.

Hi Victor,
What I miss hee is the music of the seria, sponsered by Rasan the cold and soft drink years back:Spider man...spider man.


Hi victor .A very good macro shot of the spider and an equally nice description.


Hello Victor,
nice capture !

Hi Victor, what a great and terrific shot of a spider in its burrow:) Nice to see it in this position. perfectly captured and focused.
MTFS this. Cheers,


Un joli portrait bien cadré.
Bonne journée.

hello Victor

WOW ! what a superb shot of this nature creature,
first i have to tell i realy love the POV, it is like we where
too spiders like in the image, fine POV and DOF,
beautiful luminosity and colour tones, excellent sharpness
and details, and what a wonderful eye contact of the spided with you,



One hell of a six eyed monster! Nice imagery. the surrounding is mesmerizing.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-09-19 13:04]

Hi Victor

I love the setting here, wonderful to see the spider in his lair. He looks very sinister lurking there. Great macro work and an amazing POV. Well done for doing this



Hello Victor,

I'm very glad too see so many pictures of spiders in your gallery!

These fellows are a tricky subject, I agree. They are suprisingly quick to dissapear into their borrows and since the entrance is usually somewhere among grass it's not that easy to get a decent POV. I've had very often problems with geting good shapness too. This is because the entrance is very often in a shadow and the spider is quick, so you haven't got a lot of time to get the focus right.

Anyway, I think you did a preety good job. The POV is definitelly very good and the sharpness good enough.

Well done!

Cheers, Monika

PS. I'm quite interested to know which field of physics are you into?

amazing capture, TFS Ori

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