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Local Night-Life

Local Night-Life
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Copyright: Jim White (jmirah) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-09
Categories: Spiders
Camera: KODAK Z612, 35-420mm Schneider Kreuznach Variogon
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): SPIDERS OF AMERICA, Spiders of the World, Our world at night. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-09 4:25
Viewed: 3433
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tropical Orb-Weaver Spider
Eriophora ravilla

Thanks to Howard (marhowie) for the ID

Tropical Orb-Weaver Spider

4:00am and I decide to take a stroll outside. There is a street light in front of the house and I wanted to see if perhaps there were some interesting critters afoot in the pre-dawn hours. Creeping stealthily down a path under an evergreen tree I ran face first into a spider's web. It was quite dark so I halfway depressed the shutter button to get the focus light to strobe. What I saw was one very angry spider. This being a family site, I cannot repeat what it said to me but it raised "one leg" into the air to salute me before getting to the task at hand. Basically aiming blindly into the night I managed to get a few shots of it as it attempted to repair the damage I had inflicted upon the web. I then said to it that, "I Ain't Fraid No Spider!" and "If it didn't like it, come to Washington State and look me up, my name is Bob Shannon!"...

Exposure Setting: Manual
Lighting Conditions: Night/Totally Dark
f/stop: 4.8
Shutter Speed: 1/800
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 503mm[35mm]-equivilent
Auto Focus: Macro/Center-Zone/Continuous
Compression: Standard
White Balance: Daylight
Color: Natural
Sharpness: Normal
Tripod: No
Flash: Fired
Megapixels: 6.0
Dimensions: 800 x 651
File Size: 141 KB
Date: September 9, 2007
Time: 4:32 AM

Cropped, Neat Image 25% noise reduction/100% conservative sharpening and resized for posting

A different POV in workshop

angybone, Silke, eqshannon, haraprasan, livios, nglen, go2stones, pierrefonds, anel, Kathleen, marhowie has marked this note useful
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To eqshannon: some dedication!Silke 1 09-09 07:50
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ha ha ha ha Bob's gonna love this note! :) Too funny.

Great shot - wonderful details! Love the hairy little legs!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-09 5:48]

Dear Jim
Your story had me laughing out loud -- startled my poor dog!
Lordy, lordy -- Bob Shannon is going to get you for this! You know he is!
Outstanding details and composition -- and the flash is nicely handled
Priceless (no Mastercard required)

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-09-09 6:03]

Hello Jim,
a 'dramatic' approach! Light, colours and the bizarre structures of the spider produce a particular atmosphere. Besides that, a well-composed and sharp picture.
Best wishes, Peter

Dramatic approach is quite right. Your novel writing ability has decided to come back from old college thesis days and haunt me eh? On the last day in the wilds, actually the night prior, I had killed a black widow which had been sleeping 15 feet from the head of my bed. I still "shutter" at the memory.

For a spider, it is a very unique and rather haunting angle and pose. Somehow he/she doesn't look very happy...or is that my reading words into your picture...my phobias are drawn near.

I have rewarded you through dedication sir!


Hi Jim, splendid macro with wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-09-09 10:39]

Jim, an impressive and dramatic shot.

Great composition and pov. I like the blurred green bg too.

An excellent job.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-09 12:57]

Hi Jim.or should i say Bob. Fantastic close up of the spider showing all the hairs on its legs and body. great detail and colour . well done With the light you had. TFS. good notes too.

Hello Jim,
I must confess that I hate spiders, or better I feel repulsion for them, but this shot is so well done, with the neatness of the cobweb and your funny note...

Hi Jim,
A very nice capture and that upto in the night. Excellent details with nice composition and POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Looks like you've been dealing with these guys too! You sure don't want one of them on you! :-) Great image. Nice and sharp.


Hi Jim,

A good POV of the spider, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-10 8:23]

Hi Jim,
Wonderful shot with immaculate sharpness of its hairy body. Good use of flash lighting and neat focus. I like the angle and the composition very much. Very funny note, Bob must have scratched his head a bit here. Kudos.

Souperbe macro, avec tellement de netteté avec le beau Bg qui met le tout en évidence.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-09-10 23:41]

Hello Jim,
What a story! Really I love to know what is the genesis of a picture. Great decentred composition too. Very interesting post.
Thanks and best regards

Hi Jim.
Wow, so sharp and detailed, sort of got the shivers for a min and could just imagine what one would be thinking if they were watching you at 4am in the morning. Well done, great exposure for pitch black conditions and great composition.
Wonderful, one for the "Our World At Night" theme.


Hi Jim,
You've done an excellent job in this low-light, great flashwork without over-cooking em' :)
Really like the composition as the web trails through the frame diagonally
Great POV, DOF, color, BG, and sharp details.. It looks like our Tropical Orb Weaver (Eriophora ravilla), it only comes out at night to spin it's web.
Very well done.

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