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Marbled Orb Weaver

Marbled Orb Weaver
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Copyright: Denis Mark (dmark11) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 9 N: 655] (2633)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-04
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-06 21:06
Viewed: 3186
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When I started this I never thought I would be useing a spiders many eyes as a point of focus. These guys are really fun not only to find but also to photo. They can be tricked by tickling the web, usually with a blade of grass to get them to come out of hideing. When they come flying out I usually change my mind. This one I found crawling up and down on a willow tree.

The big and beautiful Marbled Orb Weaver (Araneus marmoreus) is a spider of grassy meadows and shrubby areas. Like other spiders in the Orb-Weaving Family, these distinctive spiders and their photogenic spiral webs tend to be noticed in late summer. Although the spider has been around all year it has reached full size in the waning days of summer. These spiders have one-year life spans, and success is measured by leaving a good batch of offspring to carry on when warm days return in spring.

Like most spiders, the females are larger than males. A full-grown female Marbled Orb Weaver can be from 9 to almost 20 mm long not counting the eight long legs! A huge male might be the size of the smallest female, but is generally smaller than that at 6 to 9 mm. The globular yellowish abdomen has a marbled pattern of browns and purples with some orangy yellow spots near the midline. The legs are orange with white bands. Although this spider is large and colourful, it is usually hidden near the web in a tent of leaves or under loose bark. There is a telegraph thread leading to the retreat alerting the spider to any movement in the web that might signify dinner.

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Hi Denis,
Exellent image. Great Macro.
We have this Spider in Israel as well.
I took a picture of him a few months ago, and did'nt know the species name.
Now I know.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-09-06 23:21]

nice macro. good work. tfs.

Hello Denis,
beautifull capture from an excellent POV, nice colors and sharpness, nice BG too, well done,
TFS, regards,

Wonderful composition, excellent macro, nice to see all the beautiful details on the spider. regards yiannis

Hi Denis ,
Great close up.Excellent colours with fantastic composition and details of this spider.
Regards, Paolo

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-09-07 4:18]

Hello Denis,
A special spider-picture shown with this powerful composition. Interesting warm colors and a well chosen centred composition. Fine sharpness too.
You are looking for a Mantis picture, don't you perhaps look for Jesus (fom Venezuala) last Tettigoniae Picture. It fits to your description.
Kind regards

hello Denis
very nice picture with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-09-07 7:01]

Good closeup of this lovely species. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-07 7:05]

Hello Denis,
Excellent presentation of this spider in very good sharpness, details and beautiful saturated colours. Good DOF and centred composition.

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2011-09-07 8:30]

Amazing species very well photographed and presented.
The point of view works finely.
Depth of field is spot on.

Hi Denis,
really interesting colourful spider. Incredible. Nice colours and excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Denis,
Excellent image with a very interesting species of spiders.
The natural colors, the perfect details makes a splendid picture.
Outstanding sharpness and colors.
Thanks for sharing this beauty....

Hallo Denis,
a very good macro shot, impressive details and splendid vivid colours, excellent point of view.
Best regards

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2011-09-07 10:30]

Belíssimo trabalho de macro muito bom à composição e a nitidez excelente imagem perfeita meus parabéns por esta linda foto.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-09-07 11:14]

Hello Denis.
Wonderful spider capture.Lighting,details and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.
Best regards Siggi

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-09-07 11:41]

Hi Denis,
Perfect mimicry of this spider.Gorgeous light and colours.
Composition and background are nice too.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Denis, Hmmm what a terrific capture of this wonderful Spider my friend, awesome sharpness with fabulous clarity and detail, splendid exposure with lovely colours, great job Denis and very well done,
Best regards,


Hello Denis,
A great macro capture taken with excellent sharp details, nice colours all captured from a great POV. Well done!

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-09-14 18:00]

Hi Denis,

Fantastic Macro of this interesting spider. Very colorful, like another world really. Sharp focus exposing full detail with a choice POV. Great eye, great composition!



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