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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50, 52mm C.PL
Exposure: f/7.8
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Arthropods except insects [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-16 8:38
Viewed: 4870
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
After more than 2 months I am here again :)

Today a picture taken during my last expedition to the Balkans :>

This is Argiope bruennichi (Scopoli, 1772) or the wasp spider (Araneidae), one of the biggest spiders of Europe.

Distribution: European species know maily from central and southern part, also some regions of Northern Europe, north Africa and parts of Asia

Habitat: mainly meadows

Size: up to 2cm (except legs) with significant sexual dimorphism - males smaller, females bigger

Taxonomy: two subspecies are know till now:
- ssp. nigrofasciata Franganillo, 1910 - known from Portugal
- ssp. bruennichi (Scopoli, 1772) - recorded from all other regions of species distribution

All the best from cold Lodz! :>

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-16 8:43]

Hallo Radek,
Wyglada sympatycznie a zarazem groznie.Bardzo dobra kolorystyka,swietna ostrosc i kontrast a nawet udalo sie Tobie bardzo dobrze pokazac ten czesc pajeczyny dla nich tak typowy.Pozdrawiam Siggi

WiTaj ,
Niesamowity okaz. Swietny POV, super ostrosc uwidaczniajaca detale anatomii.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-10-16 9:36]

Hello Radomir,
How nice to see you appear again and with a superb view of a Wasp Spider. Excellent POV, sharp details, lovely colours and a fine natural background. Very well done! We spotted this Spider for the first time here this summer and were very excited!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Radomir!
Welcome after 2 moths abscent!
Noice shot, well select POV and you've managed for a very interesting BG!... The flash was perfect option to solve very complex ilumination! Well done friend!
Regards, TFS, Jesús

hello Radomir
nice ti see you back

very nice picture with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-10-16 11:04]

Beautiful spider, indeed. The picture is technically excellent, showing the subject in excellent details and fine colors.

Well done!


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-10-16 11:44]

Hi Radomir!

Welcome back! We were missing you, and it's a pleasure to see you posting again. You start in a spectacular and pleasant manner with this superb picture. I like the subject and the way you have composed it highlighting the natural environment and, at the same time, underlining the magnificent details of this spider.


Kind regards


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-16 12:03]

Hello Radomir,
Nice to see you back.
Great photo of this spider against a good contrasting BG. Excellent sharpness, details and POV. Beautiful natural colours.

Ciao Radomir, great macro of fantastic spider, lovely composition with beautiful natural ambientation, good sharpness, fine details, wonderful light and splendid colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Welcome back, Radomir!
This picture is the best ever capture of an Argiope female spider. I say so because I have had quite a few opportunities to shoot this species of Spiders last year in Delhi.
What is so special about this picture is that the subject has been captured in a larger context vis-a-vis its surroundings. I know that they make their webs pretty large, so while you stood right in front of this one, you were able to include a deeper view of what stood behind it -- plants, trees and even the sky. Of course, all that is blurred and does not disturb the sharpness of the Spider. Fill flash has aided you immensely in illuminating the subject evenly and without making the BG dark.
A truly great image in all respects.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-12-14 4:41]

Hello Radomir,
Missed this original and well taken spider-picture. I love the way you have integrated the environment in your shot. And a most striking spider, which has colonised our region in the last years too.
Un grand merci!

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