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Tightrope Artist

Tightrope Artist
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-06
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-21 11:54
Viewed: 3304
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the tightrope artist
-- Araneus diadematus
a spider of the family Araneidae (German: Radnetzspinnen).

I found this artist on an abandoned industrial site in the Ruhrgebiet. Such abandoned sites often represent new habitats with characteristic microclimatic conditions where a number of species may find a new home. Together with usual plant and animal species, such as the wide-spread A. diadematus, so-called neo-phytes and neo-zoons can establish here due to the specific site-characteristics.

As mentioned also earlier, it is often not easy to obtain sharp pictures of a spider by means of a macro-objective due to movements of the web or the fibre. A very slight wind only will shift the spider out of focus. Position of the spider with respect to incoming light is in most cases also not optimal. Here, I had the fortune of favourable conditions.

- Bright sun light
- only very very slight wind
- calm hands
- no tripod, no flash

NOTE: Press F11 to see the complete picture!

> Bellmann H (1997) Kosmos Atlas der Spinnentiere Europas. - Franckh-Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart.
> Bellmann H (1984) Spinnen beobachten - bestimmen. - Verlag Neumann-Neudamm, Melsungen.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-21 12:29]

Hello Peter,
Very nice close up.I liked POV,colors,simple BG,3D effect,lighting and framing a lot.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-21 12:53]

Hi Peter.
I think, this is one of the most beautiful shot of such spider. The sharpness of the insect is tremendous also the nice rich colours. DOF and POV are excellent too. The BG is great by its blurriness and colour tones. Perfect done. My compliments.

Hi Peter,
It is great!
Very good compo, excellent BG...
Like it!!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-21 13:35]

Hi Peter

A very nice shot of this great "athlete" - the Garden spider or Cross spider.
The DOF is simpy great here - asll of his legs are in focus (which is not that simple as we all know :) ) but still a lovely blurred BG.
Also the great warm light made all this colors, and textured shine and look even more beautiful that always.
Very well done! (Really calm hands, btw!!!)

Bravo and TFS

salut peter
excellent,cette araignée est une tres bonne funanbule.rien a dire sur la qualité de la photo.bravo.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-11-21 16:36]

Hola Peter, Nitidez y colorido excelente buen compo y una luz magnífica. Saludos

Hola Peter,
Excelente toma con gran composición, increíble como se sujeta por el hilo, la luz y nitidez son muy buenas. Un cordial saludo

Great sharpness. very good composition and i like the pose! haha.. acrobatic.
Good details and colors.
I don't like spiders but u made this one look good! :)
Good one.

Very attractive image here. Great sharpness and composition against a perfectly OOF background.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-11-23 11:16]

hello peter
you are presenting interesting spider subtype for me. i like point of view, blured background, depth of field, sharpness, colours, focus, details and note in your photo

Agree on the difficulty to photograph spiders on web. This is a very good result. Background very defocused while spider totally included in the DOF: Great.

Hello Peter.
What a nice capture this nice sun offered you. As you point out in your note, I think the aperture selection and your steady hands produced a very good picture of this diadematus. I like most, the natural look you managed, with the silk perch so well seen. I saw in several shots of yours, this white pixel in the BG, something wrong in your sensor? Anyway it is easy to clone it out.
Best regards, and TFS, Felipe.

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