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Jumping Jack

Jumping Jack
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Jumping spiders (Salticidae) of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-12 6:01
Viewed: 5850
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Here is the second picture of the tiny Jumping Spider I shot here recently.
This one is slightly better than the first one in terms of focus. In certain situations, hand-held shooting is the only alternative and a degree of unsteady focus in inevitable when one prefers a specific combination of aperture value and shutter speed in conjunction with the fill flash.

I personally like the appearance of this colourful little spider. Look at those white markings on its orange abdomen. Somewhat reminiscent of religious icons, isn’t it? The thorax-cum-head looks like a round shaped chocolate cake with colourful icing on top!

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 are generally diurnal, active hunters. Their well developed internal hydraulic system extends their limbs by altering the pressure of body fluid (blood) within them. This enables the spiders to jump without having large muscular legs like a grasshopper. The jumping spider can therefore jump 20 to 60 or even 80 times the length of their body. When a jumping spider is moving from place to place, and especially just before it jumps, it tethers a filament of silk to whatever it is standing on. Should it fall for one reason or another, it climbs back up the silk tether.


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Hola Ram,
Otra vez hemos coincidido en la web, un ejemplar curioso de araña el que nos presentas, como siempre de impecable ejecución, mostrando muy bien los detalles con una nitidez excelente. Un cordial saludo
José Ramón

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-12 6:16]

Hello Ram,
Great shot of this jumping spider.It contrasts very well with green leaves.Colors and framing are also perfect.

Hello Ram,
You capture the details in this hairy fellow very well!
Good DOF and sharp details in this fine macro work...
Subject is well framed, good textures and image is well composed!
Pablo -

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-12 7:23]

Hello Ram,
The POV of this shot of the jumping spider shows how colourful these small creatures can be. The orange and white-striped abdomen is very striking and in excellent contrast with the green leaf.
Once again you have shown us in glorious sharp detail a small jumping spider that the naked eye would hardly notice.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi Mr. Ram,
This is a beautifully framed capture of the jumping spider. Good Depth of Field and razor sharp focus. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-12 8:10]

Hi Ram,
another excellant shot of this jumping spider.
Sharp, well composed and a brilliant DOF.
Well done,

Hi ram,

A colourfull jumper your able to capture , very tiny fellow ,wonderfull BG with perfect sharpness, yup the fill in did a bit of distruction but u were able to present it with good colours coz of that which is perfect.



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  • [2007-06-12 9:49]

There are times of knights yet have not passed! It is necessary to get accustomed well only! Lovely)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-12 10:31]

Hi Ram,

I never realized how intricate a spider was! This looks wonderful against the green leaf. Nice colors and details.

It actually rained for about an hour yesterday and cooled things off. Heat coming back today with forecasts of 105 and 106 later this week.


Hello Ram
Another great shot of Jumping spider,
Great details,composition and BG,Superb shot.
Again,Check this one This One
is really funny :-)

Good Luck

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-12 11:19]

Hi Ram,
Nice portrait of the Jumping Spider. You have really inspired me to post a few. This one looks so cute, hairy and amazing markings on its abdomen. Nice colours and spot-on focus. Excellent POV to capture it and good use of flash. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Ram,
A colorful jumping spider. The focus is sharp as fine hairs are clearly visible. Great pov and nicely composed. TFS,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-12 13:02]

Hello Ram,
The variety of spiders is amazing and this one is very colourful and hairy! Excellent shot from a nice POV and sharply in focus. I like the composition too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-12 14:26]

selam ram ; nice shot of this spider , good details presented , nice BG and POV, well captured with splendid colours ,thanks for your kindly comment TFS

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-12 15:30]

Hi Ram

Great macro with excellent detail and colour. The green really sets the spider off.


hello mr thakur,
nice macro shot of the spider, well saturated colours, the green leaf gives good contrast to the spider, nice pov,
tfs & regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2007-06-13 3:38]

Sir Thank you very much for your lovely sharing of your best shots. Amazing your camera and your hand. TFS Ganesh

  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-06-14 11:12]

Hello Ram,

Great picture of this spider.
Great color, sharpness and background.


Hello Ram,

This nice guy is a male Thyene imperialis.

Best regards,

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