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Another giant spider

Another giant spider
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-06
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/25 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-05-09 2:31
Viewed: 4273
Points: 32
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I have posted shots of the 25cm (9inch) Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila maculata) previously, here and here.
I know this is not really sharp and the background is not the best, but it gives a view of the spider’s palps and the golden hue of the web. I want to use natural light and had to make do with a really low shutter speed, still not too bad for hand held.
They are impressive beasts regardless of how many times you encounter them. I liked this shot because it shows how the spider sits well above her web, emphasising its size.
The previous shots were taken in the Northern Territory; this one is from Mt. Elliott in north east Queensland.
Yes, they are large and their webs are horrible to encounter, but they usually build away from tracks and you would have to be very unlucky to get bitten.
Rotated slightly and slightly cropped, one run through NeatImage to reduce background noise.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-05-09 2:38]

Beautiful shot, Chris. Very good POV and great showing of the web. I saw some golden orb weavers in Costa Rica. They were very impressive in their size, as well as in the size of their webs. Super sharp details and excellent composition. TFS. : )

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-05-09 2:45]

Belle macrophoto d'araignée Chris et bonne composition .Le sujet est bien mis en evidence. Félicitations Didier.

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-05-09 2:53]

Wery nice shot Chris. I like very much.

At 25 CM that would be one spider I would not wont to run into! I like the POV and colours.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-09 7:23]

Waouh ! Belle et intéressante composition macro-photographique pour cette araignée sur sa toile. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Very Well Done !

I just love these golden orb weavers. Very nicely composed, Chris. It shows all the details nicely. Would like to see this one for myself one day. :) Very well done.

Chris, Great shot for hand-held work..Well composed and a really cool lookin' spider here..Well done.

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  • orme Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 56] (188)
  • [2005-05-09 11:07]

Incredible shot, Chris. The detail of the spider and the beautiful green background are equally impressive. I like the web reminds me of shattered glass. Perfectly framed. Well done.

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  • Jax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
  • [2005-05-09 13:46]

Beautiful shot - I really like the way the web seems to offer a flimsy support for the spider. Great pov, colours and detail. Well done.

Very brave shot Chris,
That spider looks scary! A really well composed shot, good details and POV.
You're one brave man,. thanks for posting

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-05-09 14:16]

Hi Chris, you did well capturing this beauty Nephila, not too many good shots of this one. This has to be the best yet.
Gota a binoc lens yet.
I have an example up as a workshop to the sh_t fly I posted not too far back. It will give you ideas. Works like a charm.


Great shot Chris!
Colours are amazing and the whole photo is nicely brighted up. Great details on the spider, very good POV and composition.
I like it very much.
Well done!

Here you show what I have just talked about in the Macro tech forum thread, 1/25 handheld and the shot is clear and detailed. You did very well indeed with the difficult lights, I like to se the web, I think you would enhance detail with a bit on Shadows and highlights. Regards, Felipe.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-15 16:38]
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"Impressive beast"is correct! I've heard about these spiders, but fortunately when in OZ, I've never come across any. Excellent composition Chris, and its details are amazing. Well shown, but please keep it over there!

And a nice plump female, too. Can't see the male anywhere in the photo though. I have a Nephila antipodiana pair in my backyard. Still trying to get that perfect angle and exposure!

I see you guys in Australia have strange critters we don't have (ours might look strange to you too, btw, I guess :-)). But this one is a champion. WOW, 25 cm of scary feelings! On my screen it looks very sharp, with an outstanding DOF considering the f value. Very good POV too. A super clean image.

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