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My Newest Neighbor

My Newest Neighbor
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Copyright: Darren Melrose (Darren) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 35 W: 0 N: 50] (245)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-17
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Pentax *ist D, Tamron SP 90mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Araneae (Spiders) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-17 13:00
Viewed: 6417
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my first upload here, but I am sure some of the good folks here know me from TE as well. I found this guy last night, as I walked face first into his web going in the gate to my apartment. Tonight, he was back, so I decided to take some shots. I don't know what kind of spider this is, sorry.

This was taken pretty close to midnight, so the black you see is just a black night sky. I used my flash and a diffuser to light this, but it was so dark, focusing was pretty much impossible. What I did was to attach a mini-MagLite to my lens with a rubber band so I would have enough light. Worked well enough and the spider didn't really react to the light much.

This is cropped and minimally post processed, just some curves and sharpening. I believe I dialed the flash back one stop as well.

Because the spider was too high for my tripod to reach, I hauled out a table and set the tripod up on that. I can only imagine what my neighbors must have thought. Here it is, almost midnight, and that crazy westerner has his camera set up on a table, with a flashlight hanging from it, taking photos of something so small they wouldn't even know it is there. The things we do for photography.

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Very good macro Darren.
Good sharpness , nice colors and great composition
Well done
Welcome to TN

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-08-17 14:05]

Great first macro here on TN Darren.
I love the shot it's realy a nice one, gopod composition, good colours, very nice job you did.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-17 14:14]

Hi Darren & welcome here on TN as well. And you start of with a nice creepy crawly too. Looks a bit like wolf spider to me, but I'm not the expert. You can bite - hold it in your mouth - the maglite and have more control where you point it, like on the eyes. A bit more difficult, but better results on the focus. This is nice on the black BG, but the cut-off feet is a bit on the downside. This is something you can easily fix in PS, you know it better than me.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-17 14:23]

Bienvenido a TN Darren.
Excelente primera muestra.
Gran resolucion y nitidez.
Perfecta profundidad.

Welcome to TN Darren.
Excellent first exhibit.
Great resolution and clearness.
Perfect depth.

Your newest neighbor? I would move. Seriously, though, this is a neat shot with good exposure and sharpness. What kind of spider is it, do you know? Incidently, if I lived there, I'd be a crazy westerner, too! Some people in the US must think me crazy when they see me setting up shots.

Check that man with the table and the spider... I can imagine ;)

Anyway the result was worth the effort. Lovely detail and the light handled very well. Spiders are my favourite I will add this one to the theme. Pity about the 2 legs just out of focus. But you did he night shot very well. Great work.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-18 5:26]

Great stuff Darren, I like these shots. It isn't a wolf spider, it is most likely from Araneidae, well that is where I would start.

Good first post and welcome to TN

points tomorrow

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-18 9:11]

Welcome to TN and this is a great first post. Your focus is on the body of the spider leaving the right front legs a bit soft. The detail on the rest is excellent. I will leave it up to Callie to stick it in his mouth! Excellent work and I hope we see lots more of your work.

Welcome on TN Darren. Great first post of this hairy lady. Very well use of limited dof to get the focus on the body and the head and letting the legs drop out of focus. I don't know the ID of this one but I don't think it is a wolf spider as the don't catch their prey in a web - they run them up - and this one seems to sit in a usual web.

Never mind the ID - I like the picture very much.

Darren, This looks like the same spider I posted a few days ago. I also shot at midnight, another coincidence. I also had to use a flashlght to assist AF, but instead shot the spider with the light of the maglight from a distance. When I saw your post, I'd hoped you had found the species. I find that searching the internet for indentification can be a real chore!

You have put that macro to good use here. I wonder what kind of spider it is. Good clarity you've got with the black background. You did well with the uncentered lighting. Excellent exposure

Very nice macro shot Darren.

Darren - I must congratulate you on this one. It's a great macro, even if the front legs are out of focus.
Highly commended for all your efforts to achieive this. Well done.
Nice to see you here too.

Deliciously SCARY!
Technically, it would have helped the DOF to open the diaphragm (really closed tight in your case). Could you have done it ?
I love the totally black background (blackground). Too bad the front legs are out of focus.

Thanks for the hints given in your note on how you resolved this difficult shot.

Excellent POV and DOF. I like the dark background a lot.


Great shot! I love the excellent details and sharpness of the hairs in the image. good pov and compsosition too. Thanks for sharing.

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