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Banded Orb-weaving Spider

Banded Orb-weaving Spider
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-28
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-06-14 3:30
Viewed: 4773
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Banded Orb-weaving Spiders sometimes may be confused with St Andrew's Cross Spiders. They look similar although the pattern on their abdomen are quite different. Banded Orb-weaving Spider females have yellow, white and brown colours bands across their abdomen. Their legs are also banded. Males are much smaller than the female, with grey to pale brown in colour.

Generally, orb-weaving spiders are three-clawed builders of flat webs with sticky spiral capture silk. The building of a web is an engineering feat, begun when the spider floats a line on the wind to another surface. The spider secures the line and then drops another line from the center, making a "Y". The rest of the scaffolding follows with many radii of non-sticky silk being constructed before a final spiral of sticky capture silk. The third claw is used to walk on the non-sticky part of the web. Characteristically, the prey insect that blunders into the sticky lines is stunned by a quick bite and then wrapped in silk. If the prey is a venomous insect, such as a wasp, wrapping may precede biting.

Image taken in RAW, ISO200, Aperture priority mode and Evaluative metering system.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-14 3:36]

Hi George,not only a very interesting spider specie,but a beautiful composition too whit the usual total sharpness and magnificent quality,today all is right my friend...ehehe..have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello George,
Impressive sharpness details! Lovely saturated colours, very well balance and good composition, well captured, good used of fill in flash as usual, by the way there seems to be a leg missing, what happened?
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-14 4:03]

Hello george,
A very fine capture of this beautiful species of Argiope spider.
Apart from the sharpness and natural colours I like the composition with the wisp-like dead plant and the brown neutral natural BG helps to show it up well.
That Sigma 150 is a fine lens and you use it well.
Thanks and best regards,

Beautiful composition, lovely matching colours and good light and details. Plus an interesting spider! regards yiannis

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-06-14 4:21]

Bonjour George,
A most artistical picture, the kind I really like. Colors are of great beauty and the composition is perfectly balanced. Very, very well done!
Kind regards

Dear friend and F George,
What a good surprise wake up early this fine morning and find a nice picture of my great friend George!It gives me the feeling that my day will be great!( And it also tells me I'm vitiated the site kkkkkkkkk)
Well dear Favorite, your pic is amazing ( you should already be outdated to hear that! ehehehehe)but...it is true! And...despite being a spider I love all the artistique arrangement that you did, the colours in "ton-sur-ton", the ( amazing) BG and the last but not the least ( ah!) the...sharpness.Something else? yes! Thanks for being with us!
Nice day George!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-06-14 5:50]

Hello George,
Wow, what a wonderful composition with great focus on the beautiful Spider! The beautiful grey/brown background sets it off so well and sharpness and colours are fantastic. Great work!!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-06-14 6:19]

Very interesting and beautiful species of argiope spider with fine details, good that you have included the dried grass flower. tfs.

Hello George

Excellent and very beautiful photo of this acrobat,
fine POV and the way everything is framed,
beautiful light, great focus sharpness
and details, beautiful bokeh of the background,



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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-06-14 7:15]

Hi George,
Excellent photo of this Spider, very good sharp and colorful details, TFS!

Ciao George, fantastic spider in an elegant macro, beautiful blurry BG, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, bravo, ciao Silvio

Hello George, another spectacular image with light and detail worthy of your great class. Greetings, Paolo

Hi George.
Very nice composition. Of course very interesting spider. Great sharpness and depth of field.
Thanks for sharing.

Bonjour Georges,

You must be living on another planet, beaucause you always have exotic creatures. Just joking, Africa is exotic without being outerspace.

Very good POV placing you again (that's your secret) in a parllelle plane with the sensor plane, acheivning this way a beautifull plane of sharpness. The shallow DOF creates a nice Bokeh. Fill flash is well gauged to complement ambiant light without overpowering it. Beautifull fine delicate details as the web demonstrate your "mastering" of closup photography. Beautifull work and TFS.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-14 10:45]
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Hello George,
Another very exotic animal, this spider. Is this living in the wild? The quality of the photo is high. Excellent in all aspects. And very beautiful too.

primero muchas gracias por tus amables comentarios, y más viniendo de un buen fotógrafo como tú.
La fotografía que nos presentas es excelente por muchos motivos, ya que no solo te centras en el
arácnido, sino que nos recreas todo su entorno.
Buen encuadre y equilibrio del conjunto con unos colores bellísimos.

Un saludo desde España: Josep Ignasi.

Another FANTASTIC photo George!! The POV and the composition are excellent. The BG, the colours and the lighting are fantastic. The focus is perfect.

Ciao George. Impressive DOF and superb light/colours management. The best contrast. Great compo.


Great photo, George! Great composition, lighting and sharpness!

Hello George,
What a beauty..... Splendid details, fantastic colors and excellent composition. It is a first class image with impressive clarity as usual.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi George
Woow what a great spider greta capture showing the size, good details and colors. A fine job!
Friendly Regards

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