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Pisaura mirabilis.

Pisaura mirabilis.
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Copyright: Sebastien Lucas (Esox) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-21
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM, Digital ISO 400
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Spider, Araneae (Spiders) II, 50 - 60 points (chapter two), Pisauridaes (Nurseryweb spiders). [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-29 8:04
Viewed: 6793
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Pisaura mirabilis (Clerck, 1757)

Reign: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Pisauridae

Noms communs:
French: Pisaure admirable, Pisaure étonnante.
English: Nurseryweb spider.

I will not extend on the characteristics from this hunter spider, see the very beautiful shots of Paul, well documented.
They are grouped in this theme made for all pisauridaes.

However, the coupling behavior of the members of this family will always astonish me :

Perhaps you know it, the Arachnidas loves often finish very badly, and the male is often used as proteins contribution for eggs after the coupling... Here, the knight offers a engagement gift of to his promised : a lovingly silkpacked prey.
The female, all with its meal, do not pay any more attention to her future husband, which can then fertilize her without risk.
After the laying, she transports her eggs under its body, in a silk cocoon.
Its the only time she weaves a web (don't gorget her name : nurseryweb spider) which will be used to him as a crib.

Because she doesn't eat while she takes care of her smalls, pisaura often dies before the last leave the maternal web.
The dolomede, cousin of the same family, survives most of the time, and can then lay second once.

This photograph, like the preceding one, comes from my first "macro" trek of the year.
The insufficient lighting conditions have constrained me to use a too large opening, this reducing the depth of field.

In spite, I hope that it will be on your taste.

PDP, marhowie, NitzanCK, Runnerduck, dew77, Luc, carper, liquidsunshine, Signal-Womb, red45, ellis49, Janice, gerhardt, Callie, scottevers7, naki, sAner has marked this note useful
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  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-29 8:18]

It's fantastic Sebastien, very well done. I love the shallower DOF here and it really brings the attention to the face and eyes. Excellent work, thanks for posting.

Sebastian, Yes! I just got it this week. I'm waiting for a Sigma ring flash unit that should help me utilize its potential..
This is an excellent face-shot with a bold compostion that works well IMO. Very good sharpness & detail within your DOF. Well done!

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-03-29 8:35]

Amazing macro, l like the great sharpness and vivid colours. Very nice composition + dof & pov.

You did a great capture !

Intresting creature, amazing macro.
Excellent composition and colours, very good sharpness and details (on the face).

Great shot Sebastien, well done!

Ok, interesting! Not something I can look at for too long, but a fantastic sharp shot all the same. I love the Dof.
Well done!

Great detail and Sharpness in this macro shot Sebastion, the shallow DoF really concentrates the viewer on the face and eyes, very nicely presented work.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-29 10:23]

Sebastien, this is very nice; the eyes are great, and so is the pose. Excellent pov and sharpness.

Great shot!
Everything looks amazing: subject, composition POV, DOF and colours.
I really like it.
Very well done!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-03-29 11:10]

Elle m'impressionne avec tous ces yeux braqués sur nous. Encore une belle macro bien présentée !! Ah ce Sébastien c'est un champion ;-)

Superbe photo Sebastien !
Mise au point juste sur la tête, c'est tout bon.
Bravo !

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-03-29 11:26]

Sébastien, merci de partager une si belle image et pour la joie qu'elle nous procure.
Un superbe travail.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-03-29 11:34]

Wauw, thats the man,
What can I say more then fantastic macro, fantastic perfection, fantastic pov and dov, I think your the master now. With my compliments.
gr. Jaap

Nice shot Sebastien,
Superb composition, great face detail, sharpness and DOF.
The frame adds that little extra to this shot. A good piece of work here.
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)
  • [2005-03-29 12:45]

Excelent macro and composition. Well done on the details and note. Cool.


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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-03-29 14:09]

Rewelacyjne makro, ¶wietna ostro¶æ, dobra kompozycja, ciekawe kolory.

Hi Sebastien, absolutely superb macro shot with excellent detail, POV and effective DOF which draws our attention to those menacing eyes. Excellent post in all areas.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-29 14:41]

Wow, excellent DOF Sebastien! Scary spider but not for me :-) I like it very much!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-03-29 22:08]

Superbe composition et très belle prise de vue. Les couleurs, la netteté et le BG sont parfaits.


Great shot Sebastien.
I like the colour tones in this , beautiful. Great sharpness, the eyes are well seen. Good composition and DOF.
Great work.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-29 23:50]

Wow Sebastien, this face is very good. Not my favourite insect but I can see it's face so clearly. Well done.

Great shot, of this spider. As Paul said the shallow DOF is impressive and places the focus just on the facial features. Very sharp there. Great shot, Sebastien.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-03-30 3:27]

Superb macro!
Composition,details on focus,DOF and colors are wonderful.
Great job.TFS...
Sorry points tomorrow.

Great shot, very good POV. It could have been great to get everything in focus.
Well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-03-30 13:48]

Hi Sebastien
Sorry, it tkes me lately three days to work through an answering critique, A lovely beasty, the eyes are exceptional, nice note too, loke the fading body with the bright face, TFS.

Great macro on this spider. I like the shallow DOF that keeps you focused on his eyes. Nice Job!

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-03-31 4:40]

Very good shot Sebastien. I loved the shallow DoF which takes all attention to the head and eyes. The plants in the front is a bit dividing the interest but not so bad.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-11 6:58]

Excellent macro Sebastien! I missed this before. Extremely well done, no nits whatsoever! TFS!

Le sujet est en plein centre, mais je crois que tu n'avais guère d'autre solution pour équilibrer la composition. Décidemment cette araignée à la cote ces jours sur TE. En tout cas ton image est d'une haute qualité, avec un éclairage et une mise au point exempt de tout défaut. Bravo



Hi Sebastien, I like the shallow DOF as it enhances the face and eyes of this wonderfull creature. Focus on the face perfect and lighting and composition well done. Keep shootin!!

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