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horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Hi again folks :)

Well, i'm back from my short trip to the mountains but i'm afraid i have not much interesting to show you from there :(
However, i felt that i had to present a nice picture for my comeback, so i went today to the thermal lake again in hope of some dragonflies and damselflies...again.

I did actually find some...and even more than i expected (i saw 5 different species) but i also found this little character, and so i decided to post him...something a bit more refreshing for my gallery :)

This is a Zebra Spider - Salticus scenicus and here you have Greg's post of the same species with some bio info on it.
I chose to link up my photo with Greg's because it's taken with pretty much the same equipment, but i think he did a better job and he deserves more credit for his effort :)
Unfortunately, using my close-up lenses can be tricky...if you use a high level one (like the +4 in this case) the DOF becomes very shallow even at f/8 which is the maximum of my camera.

By the way, i have also uploaded a Workshop picture with a very big question. Please check it out! :)

Anyway, thanks for looking and i hope you'll like it :)

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Additional lens: Hoya Close-up +4
Focal Length: 432mm (35mm equiv.)
Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec.
Metering Mode: Pattern
Exposure Bias: -1
F-Stop: f/8
ISO: 100
Flash: Yes (power: -2)
Support: handheld
TOD: about 2 PM
Weather conditions: bright sunny

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horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
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Edited by:horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)

Does anybody have an idea of what those 2 huge black things are???