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Technicolor Panavision

Technicolor Panavision
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Copyright: Jean Michel Peers (JeanMichel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 87 N: 938] (2864)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-14
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Zeiss 2/9,7-48,5
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Araneae (Spiders) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-26 19:34
Viewed: 5346
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This spider is on a lavender flower. It gives you an idea of it's small size. While looking for some macro subjects, I was attracted by a white spot in the lavender, close to a half hoverfly. In fact it was a little spider digesting the fly. Only the fly shell was remaining. I disturbed it a bit to make it move. The spider renounced to finish the meal and moved a bit higher. I observed that it stretched it's two couples of fore legs wide open and remained still. It was the right time to take a few macros. I was specially interrested by the 8 eyes placed on the head, to give, I suppose the widest vision possible to identify victims all around, and, I suppose, capture them by a quick arm movement, and not in a net, as many other spiders. I'm sure some spiders specialist will confirm, or, at least, give the right explanation.
ADDITIVE NOTE (sept 1st): The scientific name is MISUMENA VATIA (widespread species)

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Good shot! You've really got close into your subject here. This is one of the Crab Spiders - they don't usually spin webs, instead they pounce on their prey from the concealment of the flower, they use their front legs to grab the victim. I get the feeling this species isn't designed to hunt from lavender though, usually they're far better camoflaged! You've done well here, the DOF is good and the exposure is pretty much on the nail. Nicely captured :-D

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-26 20:21]

Impactante captura Peers.
Bello contraste de tonos entre la ara˝a y las flores.
Buena perspectiva y encuadre.
Bien hecho.

Impressive capture Peers.
Beautiful contrast of tones between the spider and the flowers.
Good perspective and frame.
Well done.

Very interesting shot this one! Very sharp and a good whide angle! I┤ve never seen 8 eyes in a spider or other animal so i was a little bit shocked when you described that and more yet when i stopped my 2 eyes on her 8 eyes, fantastic i must confess!
Good contrast colours!

These crab spiders are amazing, relying on excellent eyesight and a stealthy approach to capture their prey. I photographed a similar one, only mine was missing some legs. As you will see, it still managed to capture its dinner!

Great shot, here. You got all the details: its eyes, the hairy legs, the bloom to show its actual size in relation. Nice macro work! Did you have trouble with your light metering at first, owing to its white color? I did on mine.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-08-27 1:12]

Belle composition, jolies couleurs pour cette macro vraiment super et originale !
Well done !

Very nice shot of this crap spider. I believe this could be a Heather Crab Spider (Thomisus onustus). The males has this yellow on the edges and eyes. The females has a more pinkish "shine". This is a very nice close up of the spider. Thanx for sharing. Kee 'em spiders comming.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-27 6:18]

A very good macro.
Excellent colours and detail,the eyes especially!
A great capture,very well done.

Fantastic detail on such a tiny subject. Well captured.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-27 15:04]

This is one mean crab spider - I sure am glad they are not as big as on this screen! Beauftiful dimples on the back!, the white and purple colour comb rocks, well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-27 15:17]

Very nice Peers. The focus is a little soft on the spider but it's still a cracking shot. Well see and well captured.

The details of this tiny spider are superb, colour too is also good

Jean Michel, Great shot with nice contrasting colours. I wonder how the brain of this one creates an image out of 8 eyes??? It makes you wonder what that image would look like.
Good shot with great sharpness and fine DOF.
Greetings, Jan

Excellent macro shot in this interesting and codger spider. Very nice job!

Very good macro.
Excellent colors and detail.
A great capture.
Very well done.

What a brillant photo!!!! It is so good, I have no words!!! What a spider!

Very good colours, and nice composition.
Well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-12 20:23]

Personal assessment of the photo: great
Great visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent
Personal assessment of the note: complete
Un superbe bouleau, Jean-Michel.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-13 17:48]

Jean Michel, a great shot. Vivid colors and contrast. The insect is beautiful, sharpness is perfect, as well as POV.

Great job.


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