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Spider & leafe

Spider & leafe
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-03
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pisauridaes (Nurseryweb spiders). [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-07 14:25
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pisaura mirabilis - nursery web spider

Once again thanks Paul for identifiction of this one. If fact he has already posted some beautiful photos and information of this spider here and here.
I remembered this photos and compared with this shot, but I discarded because of the different patterns and looked for other genus. Paul told me that there are a lot of colour variations displayed.

Pisaura mirabilis is a hunting spider, when mature he is on the look out for a female which he can detect by smell or by crossing a dragline she has left behind. Once he knows a female is in the vicinity, he goes hunting for a fly, which, once caught, he wraps in a swathe of silk. He carries this gift with him while he searches out the female. Having found her he places himself before, standing high on his legs with his opisthosoma pointing down so that his spinnerets touch the ground. He then raises his front legs above his head so that the distal end of his femurs are touching while his tibia and tarsus point out sideways. He holds this position as the female approaches, then when she has her fangs safely embedded in the fly he readjusts his posture and mates with her.

Hope you like.

F:4.5 - 1/400
PP: crop, slight levels, USM, frame, resize.

Callie, carper, PDP, RAP, japie, marhowie, gerhardt has marked this note useful
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To Callie: You are right.extramundi 1 10-07 14:37
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Hi Felipe, Nice one here as wel, the feet suffers from the same optical difficiency as on Gerhard's spider. I say this not as critique, but I have explained how to "cure" it in a note to him.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-10-07 14:32]

Yep I like it felipe,
very nice composition, great capture, I like the shadows the eyes, really fantastic shot, I like it very much, great job

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-07 14:38]

Good work Felipe, very nice viewpoint and the light in teh leaf makes the spider appear in the spotlight!

Good work.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-07 15:49]

Excelente imagen Felipe.
Excelente composicion con una atmosfera particular originada en esa combinacion de luz y sombra.
Buena agudeza tambien... lo unico que criticaria los expertos, es que no se aprecia la cara de la ara˝a... pero para verle la cara este bicho, mejor verle el trasero... jejeje.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-07 16:08]

The lighting in this shot need special mention. I like this composition very much. The image is sharp and the DOF good.

Thanks for posting

Felipe, I like Pauls remarks on this one. I would add that I would've preferred to see him comin' instead of goin' for this shot but that's just my preference! This does show it's dorasl markings very well..Good job!!

Well a brief comment from the middle of the north sea.
I like the way it is framed the dark of the shadow makes you look at the spider, and makes you feel like you are peering in on a hidden world . nice one

I kinda like him looking into the great beyond as Robert said. Nice definition on most of the spider. Nice one.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-27 19:55]

Felipe, outra brilhante foto. Mais uma com excelente nitidez. Um pouco assustadora - e isso Ú ˇtimo.

Belo trabalho.


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  • ToM (59)
  • [2005-07-11 16:50]

wonderful shot, I like the darkness surrounding the leaf and make the whole thing in focus..
Send it to National Geographic.. :)

Hola Felipe y Cristina.

La verdad es que da un repelus impresionante. Pero tambien gusta gusta pillarlas y de esta forma tan clara mucho mas.

Jose Luis.

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