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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-12
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Best of TN by Glem, Magnificent Macros, Jumping spiders (Salticidae) of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-17 3:54
Viewed: 4679
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Eris is a spider genus of the Salticidae family (jumping spiders). It has got me on its enormous eyes, you can see the lens there. Shot taken hand held in poor light conditions. I had a few shots and as I moved my camera nearer it actually looked up and reached for it with its hairy legs. It was a very exciting moment but did not last long. As I was stunned by its action I forgot to click instaneaously and missed the action, I did get this instead.

The jumping spider family (Salticidae) contains more than 500 described genera and over 5,000 species, making it the largest family of spiders with about 13% of all species. Jumping spiders have good vision and use it for hunting and navigating. They are capable of jumping from place to place, secured by a silk tether. Both their book lungs and the tracheal system are well-developed, as they depend on both systems (bimodal breathing).

Jumping spiders live in a variety of habitats. Tropical forests harbor the most species, but they are also found in temperate forests, scrub lands, deserts, the intertidal zone (in Malaysia), even mountains (one species is reported to have been the spider collected at the highest elevation, on the slopes of Mt. Everest.

Jumping spiders are generally recognized by their eye pattern. They typically have eight eyes arranged in three or four rows. The front, and most distinctive row is enlarged and forward facing to enable stereoscopic vision. The others are situated back on the cephalothorax.

Colours and patterns vary widely. Several species of jumping spiders appear to mimic ants, beetles, or pseudoscorpions. Others may appear to be parts of grass stems, bumps on twigs, bark, part of a rock or even part of a sand surface.

Jumping spiders have very good vision centered in their anterior median eyes (AME). Their eyes are able to create a focused image on the retina, which has up to four layers of receptor cells in it. Physiological experiments have shown that they may have up to four different kinds of receptor cell, with different absorption spectra, giving them the possibility of up to tetrachromatic color vision, with sensitivity extending into the ultra-violet range. It seems that all salticids, regardless of wether they have two, three or four kinds of color receptors, are highly sensitive to UV light. Some species (for example, Cosmophasis umbratica) are highly dimorphic in the UV spectrum, suggesting a role in sexual signaling.

The principal eyes have high resolution (11 min. visual angle) [1], but the field of vision is narrow, from 2-5 degrees. Because the retina is the darkest part of the eye and it moves around, one can sometimes look into the eye of a jumping spider and see it changing color. When it is darkest, you are looking into its retina and the spider is looking straight at you.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Salticidae
Subfamily: Dendryphantinae
Genus: Eris (C. L. Koch, 1846)

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Great spider image with awsome details Sumon.
Sharpness is superb and the pose of the spider, lights in the eyes and frame are most wonderful.
Compposition and exposure are perfect.
Excellent work.
Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-17 4:13]

Hello Sumon,
Superb Jumping Spider macro, the sharpness allowing us to see not only the eyes, but reflections of the camera in the twolargest eyes! The effect of this is to give the spider a happy face. You focused perfectly to make full use of the shallow DOF. Excellent composition and BG. All in all a fine posting!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi Sumon
Great eye contact with every single eye with even a great catchlight, incredible for a spider.
Great DOF one the head and nice compo, exposure just perfect
Great image

Hi Sumon Da,
Just beautiful. Very well focused. Nice DOF and POV with excellent composition. Very well done. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-17 5:21]

Hi Sumon

This shot is quite simply amazing - the eyes are magnificent - but then so is the DOF and colour.


Excellent work - outstanding quality!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-17 5:43]

Hola Sumon,
buena macro,
sensacional pov,
detalles y nitidez excelente,

Hi Sumon.
Wow, amazing detail and colour, superb shot. Great DOF making him stand out from the background and I love the composition.

New Zealand

Hello Sumon!

An excellent photo, with marvellous colours, sharpness and detail. The "eyes" are amazing! TFS.
best regards.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-17 5:54]

ha ha ha!!
The faces of these spiders make me laugh...their huge eyes and stumpy mouthparts. :)
An outstanding capture.
Very sharp with superb detail around the eyes. The hairs are very clear and defined.
Excellent DOF that highlights the head beautifully.
Great colours contrasting between the head and BG.
There are no down-points whatsoever.
Well done,
Joe :)

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-17 6:07]

Hi Sumon.
Excellent sharp close-up.Great impressive POV.Well focused and good exposure with clear and sharp details on head.Shallow DOF well fastens look on his face and on his amazing eyes.Superb macro work.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Hi sumon,
amazing shot having superb sharpness,great eye contact,nice pov
and dof with good composition.well done

Beautiful macro Sumon.
Just tack sharp with excellent detail and colour.
Absolutely perfect shot.
Great work.
Well done.

Hello Sumon,
Good compo. Nice POV.
I like the natural light in this 'macro'.
Well done

Hi Sumon, A trully amazing photo, the light & colours are beautiful, the detail is outstanding & the razor sharp focus is perfect, just took my breath away, kind regards Wilson.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-07-17 8:01]

Hi Sumon,
you sure got its attention, even looks like its going for the camera.
Great POV and very nice DOF. With having the sharpness fading into the BG adds a very nice dimension.
Nice work.

Hi Sumon,
very good picture of the nice looking spider. Very good sharpness, maybe too good.
Well composed, nice colours and lighting.
Well done.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-17 8:23]

Hi Sumon,

A fantastic macro of this jumping spider!! Those eyes are unbelievable. The picture is so sharp that you have captured all the textures on the legs, body and face. Just wonderful.


Hello Sumon,
What a super macro with such fine details always
good exposure and focus with vivid colour
excellent composition and well seen

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-07-17 9:41]

hi Sumon,
waoooooooo fantastique cliché, un vrai travail de pro. Ici l'araîgnée a l'air amoureuse, attention de ne pas trop vous approcher. Eblouissante netteté, couleurs parfaitement saturée.


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-17 9:46]

Amazing macro detail on the front end of the spider. This may come at the expense of a deeper DOF, but the stunning detail is worth it. Nice exposure and POV.

Great description in notating this very well focused spider. These closeups are very good...beyond that!


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-17 13:40]

Hi Sumon,
Awesome details and exceptional pov to see the eyes! What a monster!
TFS, José M.

Hello Sumon,
I love those little ones a lot as I think that they are really cute :) You caught excellent details in a great POV with superb brilliance in its eyes :) This is a perfect macro of this tiny beauty. Thanks,

Sumon, gracias por tus expléndidos comentarios jajaja un orgullo viniendo de un buen fotógrafo como tú. La foto en tu línea, esta además con un buen enfoque . Saludos.

hi sumon,
excellent macro of the spider, the image with very sharp with good details, nice composition, the pov is the best part and the way the eyes have been focused makes you shot a class apart,
tfs & regards

Hello Sumon,
I recon it is hard to go unnoticed by this guy!
Superb details are captured, the clarity of colours is amazing...
Attractive portrait value, composition is very nicely done!
Pablo -

Great macro picture. The eyes of the spider are impressive. And the details of the head of it are wonderful. The point of view is very well, and the background is also good.
Best wishes

Hello Sumon

Another brilliant macro. The POV is just too good. The focus and sharpness are great. Super stuff!


I think that must be the perfect macro! Wonderful detail down the glint in the spider's eyes. I think it's sitting up begging. ha ha The little hairs are each so evident and the overall colors are great! Cool!

Hi Sumon, amazing macro of this ugly monster, splendid composition with wonderful colors, great sharpness and excellent details, bravo, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-07-18 11:25]

WOW!!! AMAZING!!! The POV and detail are outstanding...Absolutely a photo to cherish and be proud of...TFS

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-07-19 11:02]

Hi Sumon

I love these spiders, I think they look cute! Wonderful sharp details. I love the way you can see all the little hairs. Excellent POV



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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-19 13:08]

Hi Sumon. This is an excellent macro shot, the detail and sharp focusing is first class. great colours . a very nicepov/dof.. very well done TFs. great notes too.


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-22 16:15]

Now that is one scary dude!
Great macro -- fabulous details and perfect PoV

What a splending and surprising capture.
I love this one, basides the quality and the bonus of the reflecion, it is really cute.
Beautiful work, I am sure that even the people afraid of spiders would like this one :)
Best regards, Felipe.

You say you're amateur in your introduction, but your photos are excellent. You should change your intro probably, i have stuff to learn from you!

Great picture!

amazing and scary, TFS Ori

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