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Wasp-like Spider (in fire!)

Wasp-like Spider (in fire!)
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Copyright: Anghel Eliz (eliz) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: HP Photosmart 945
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/169 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Insects [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-19 12:11
Viewed: 3812
Points: 3
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I know, this is not a remarkable insect picture but I always dreamt of making a photo frame in fire. And what subject could be more appropriate for this then a black-yellow colored insect? (maybe only a black-yellow wasp)
So I found this picture in my 2005 year gallery. It is one of my first attempt to shoot macros.

I managed to make the "in fire picture", after 1 hour of searching the internet after "Text in Fire" tutorials. After I found the result I liked more, I tried to learn that tutorial. But that first tutorial wasn`t explained very good. I tried the next tutorial in list and after 1 hour I succeeded to learn and understand (very important) all the steps. After I learned this, I improvised those learnings on making the frame itself in fire.
To make this frame and signature in fire you have to make around 7-8 layers per subject. So is not an easy process. It took me 30min to do it with the lesson learned.

Argiope bruennichi or the Wasp-like Spider
is a species of orb-web spider distributed throughout central Europe, Northern Europe, north Africa and parts of Asia. Like many other members of the genus Argiope, (including St Andrew's Cross spiders), it shows striking yellow and black markings on its abdomen.
The spider builds a spiral orb web at dawn or dusk, commonly in long grass a little above ground level, taking it approximately an hour. The prominent zigzag shape called the stabilimentum, or web decoration, featured at the centre of the orb is of uncertain function, though it may be to attract insects.
When a prey item is first caught in the web, Argiope bruennichi will quickly immobilize its prey by wrapping it in silk. The prey is then bitten and then injected with a paralysing venom and a protein dissolving enzyme.
The male of the species is much smaller than the female. It can often be seen in or near a female's web waiting for her to complete her final moult, at which time she reaches sexual maturity. At this time and her chelicerae (jaws) will be soft for a short time and the male may mate with the female without the danger of being eaten. (Wikipedia)
ISO = 100, FocalLengthIn35mmFilm = 44mm

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Hello Anghel!
Very nice spider picture with very good details, sharpness and DOF. I like natural light and good POV. On the other hand I do not know if "fire-frame" was very good idea. It corresponds with colours of spider but on the other hand it can bring "bad feelings" about this positive creature :)
Anyway, this is only my opinion, and in general I like your presentation :)
TFS and best greetings from Poland!
Friendly yours,

Anghel, This is a beautiful photo. Looks like an Orb Weaver Spider. Great work. Thanks for commenting on my dragonfly. Have a great day. Bill


Hello Anghel,
The focus and the light on the spider is good. The stabilimetum is well captured too. I'm not a fan of your frame... but why not. Best regards,

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