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Big Headlights [For Kaszek]

Big Headlights [For Kaszek]
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-15
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS, Raynox DCR-250
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50-59 points Chapter 7, Best of Canon S2-IS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-16 2:15
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I wanted to photograph one of jumping spiders from long time. I still remember excellent macros of these spiders made by Howard and Mike [Fisher]. Unfortunatelly, without dSLR with good macro lens it is impossible... no, it isn't :-) Raynox helped again. This small piece of glass makes wonders with my camera. Look at this tiny fellow - it has got about three milimeters!

Last weekend was long, free weekend in Poland. We went to Milkowice at Jeziorsko lake to our old friend Kaszek. His parents have got summer house there, so we took opportunity and went to see them. Of course most imoportant for me and Kaszek was to make as many macros of interesting creatures as possible :-) And we did it! Meadows around Milkowice are full of spiders. Every bush or bunch of grass is settled by hundreds of them. Wasp spiders, cross-spiders, jumping spiders to name a few. We had got very good time to explore new 'lands' and to discovery many new species. Suddenly batteries in my cam said - enough! So, we went back :-)

Jumping spider was our ultimate trophy. It is obvieus then I dedicate this one to my old friend. Thanks for inviting us and for great time man!

valy67, horia, Luciano75, Janice, marhowie, RAP, Kaszek, Fisher, eruyanik, carper, sAner, klemmg, liquidsunshine, extramundi, dew77, vanderschelden has marked this note useful
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Hi Greg !
Wow, awesome close-up on my worst nightmare ! Each little hair is sharp, and I love those big black eyes ! The little spider looks directly at you, seems that it is ready to jump on you ! :-) Wonderful colors, composition ad POV, and I also liked your note. Seems that you had a great time.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-16 3:24]

Hi Greg

Indeed a great macro...It really is amazing what our little S2 can do sometimes with a little help :) I also bought a set of 3 close-up filters from Hoya and they also work smashing!
Splendid shot here, excellnet in details, POV and lighting.
Very well done, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Greg
Great close-up,excellent details...well done...TFS
Best regards

Witaj Grzegorz,
Greatly capturing this spider, and nicely composed. Sharp and clear. Superb shot and great PP works.

Ben Lakitan

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-08-16 5:27]

I would love Raynox too with these excellent results you are getting with it on your camera. Perfect capture here Greg, and I love his headlights...
And sounds like your weekend at Jeziorsko Lake was a fun time. Make the miost of your hot sunny weather, as Spring is here next month!!

Wowowow... bellissima foto macro!

Mi piace molto Grzegorz, stupendi i dettagli e belli i colori!


Hello Greg, up close and personnal, excllent colors, bg, pov dof perfect details, very crisp, excllent work, TFS Kyle

Hi Greg,
Nice & sharp with excellent detail, POV, DOF, and framing..Excellent exposure and realistic color as well. The raynox has really helped to make this very little guy huge! :)
Very well done.

Hi Greg,
Trying to figure out wich eye is staring at me the most. Very nice detail. I like the way you composed this one. Excellent shot!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-16 8:14]

Otra excelente super macro con impresionantes detalles de los ojos del arácnido.
Composición agradable con atinado POV y DOF, que está limitado por el F8 de nuestras cámaras.
Saludos... Ricardo

Another excellent super macro with impressive details of eyes of the arachnid.
Pleasant composition with POV and DOF that it is having restricted by F8 of our cameras.
Regards... Ricardo

Composition: *****
Sharpness: ****
Color: *****
Lighting ****
DOF: ****
POV: *****
Note: ***

Hi Greg,

Thanks for the P.R. ;) Mine were with a point and shoot. ;)I was inspired to capture spiders by Howard's and Paul's work.

Love it, excellent shot and well done on the composition. Excellent details. The more you shoot these guys the more addictive it will become. ;)


Dzieki za dedykacje. Super to wyszlo. Mozna mu sie w oczach przejrzec (chyba nawet Cie tam widac ;) Niezla fryzure ma ten skakun :)
Tylko o kluczach nic nie napisales :P

Wow! This one is so huge looking in your shot! What a great extreme close-up of this jumping monster :-)

When i had a panasonic fz10, i thought about buying raynox macro lens that times. i know that this trademark has great capabilities, as i saw on your post already.


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-08-16 11:18]

wauw, those eyes, what a fantastic details in this macro shot, well composed shot and good point of view, very good job Greg.
gr. jaap

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-16 13:19]

Great macroshot Greg! The eyes are amazing! Good POV, composition and nice DOF altough the picture would even be better with a higher f-value. You could have suffered a little more in shutterspace. Anyway, excellent picture and I sure ain't able to reproduce it yet as I am really struggling with macroshots. Well done & TFS!


Hi Greg,
wonderful close-up, these spiders are realy a little cute with all the big eyes around.
Very good shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2006-08-16 17:01]

Excellent capture Greg, I have been trying to capture one for a while too, and me and my dSLR are still trying. It's still the person behind the cam that counts ... ;-)These guys are quite active and such a nice low POV is difficult achieve.
Great work!

great close up Greg,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed, well framed and good notes.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

Je ne suis pas très rassuré...on dirait un véhicule blindé!!Quels yeux impressionnants. Composition, netteté et couleurs incroyables

Yes, your Raynox gives you a great detail and magnification, but as always, DOF range is smaller and smaller :)
This time you aimed perfectly on the eyes. It is most probably looking at you, I wonder how his neuronal system is processing the infomation :D
Lovely work, MF. It is really cute.

Hello Greg,
this is an excellent macro shot. Congrats. I like it very much. Excellent sharpness, details and very nice colours. Great POV and composition too. Thank you my friend.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-08-17 15:44]

Idealne makro. Niesamowity efekt, te pająki są dość małe. Pięknie pozował. Gratuluje ujęcia.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-08-21 7:30]

Hello Greg,
Amazing portrait of jumping spider.Catch lights in clear eyes are perfect.Sharpness,details,POV,simple BG and cross framing are also wonderful.

ależ musi mieć spore pole widzenia :))
świetna fotka
pozdrawiam :)

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  • Nemeth Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 33 W: 0 N: 57] (585)
  • [2006-09-27 13:44]
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Witaj Grzegorzu :)
Kiedy zobaczylem zdjecie tego skakuna az sie usmiechnalem ;) Jakbym mogl tego nie skomentowac tym bardziej ze dzis sam zamiescilem zdjecie tego sympatycznego lowcy :)
Zadziwiajace co mozna osiagnac dzieki raynoxowi :)

Hi Greg,
Excellent macro. Great tools:-)...

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