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Copyright: Mark Galea (magal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-22
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-13 9:12
Viewed: 4416
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Last week I posted a shot of one of these huge spiders, enjoying itself with a cicada it had 'invited' for dinner. This is a close up of the last thing the cicada must have seen.
These spiders cling motionless in the centre of their intricate webs, waiting for unwary flying insects to drop by. When the spider senses movement, it vibrates the web violently, probably to further entangle the victim. It then proceeds to stun or paralize its prey and spins it in a silk like cocoon, after which it finishes the act of turning it into a meal. When the whole process is done, the wrapped up victim is dropped to the ground. Again I presume this is done to keep the web clear and thus less visible.
To take this shot, I used a magnifying filter, but the fact that the spider was facing down, put me into an awkward position [lying face up in the undergrowth]. I had to use the view finder because the sunlight was very bright, and besides, I had to be very careful to avoid touching the very intricate web. The result was, I believe well worth the effort, even though I had to get my wife to remove quite a few thorns from my backside.

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Foto molto particolare e molto bella. complimenti ciao gigicacco

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-09-13 10:05]

Hello Mark,
wonderful macro.It's very close and well detailed.I liked unusual POV,framing and composition a lot.

Hello Mark,
Excellent picture, well worth your effort. Razor sharp and crisp clear picture. Great composition and pov. Regards,

Hi Mark

wwwwwwwoyyyyyy. I`, very happy that they are small.imagin them in car size with 6 eyes looking at you!! nice shot with great DOF and POV.
well done


Hi Mark!
As they say: No pain, no gain. The thorns into the backside were well worth the effort. It is a sterling image with the spider staring down at you with its multiple eyes. Fantastic face-to-face with this creature looking menacingly grand. Some of the details stand out very sharply.
Thanks for your comment on my new picture.
I guess lantana flowers in India are more useful to the bees than in Saudi Arabia.
TFS and take care.

Amazing close up of this silvery thorax Mark! The sky as a bg, so nice pov, great details, sharpness!

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  • limier Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 14 N: 235] (1055)
  • [2006-09-28 11:07]

Hi Mark.
Wonderful POV and great macro.
The spider seems so huge.Really difficult shot and the result is excellent
Thank for showing the other part of spiders.

Thats Scary !! Excellent sharpness, Well Done

bonjour mark
vos macros sont vraiment toutes remarquables,a l'image de celle-ci qui depasse tous les monstres de films d'horreur.les details sont bien presents.je la montrerais a ma fille.ha ha ha

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