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A Wandering Hunter

A Wandering Hunter
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Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-05
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300XR, Skylight
Exposure: f/20.0, 8 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects and Spiders of Southern Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-07 17:11
Viewed: 7145
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Not being Spiderman from the Orange Free State, it took me a while to ID this chap. This Rain spider was in hunting mode in my garden when I saw its eyes in the dark as my spotlight lit it up.

It was pitch dark so I lit this guy up using my handheld spotlight and took several shots using a diffused flash and tripod. Using aperture priority is set the camera to F/20 to get more of the background texture. This caused the shutter speed to drop down to around 8 to 10 seconds.

Some more info on this particular Rain Spider (Heteropodidae Palystes)

This is the largest home dwelling spider here in the RSA and falls in the family of Heteropodidae (Large Wandering Crab Spiders). They are just that as well. They are large, nocturnal, free wandering hunters that do not construct any webs for prey capture. Most genera are covered with light, straw colored to dark brown hairs. The carapace is broader than it is long and the clypeus of Palystes shows a white band. This is rather like a moustache.

The eye pattern of this family is in two rows, with the anterior laterals often the largest. They have long robust legs, turned outward in a crab –like fashion.

The females of Palystes makes a large bag of papery white silk and leaves which can be found in hedges or shrubs and low base vegetation .

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PDP, extramundi, marhowie, RAP, Callie, gerhardt, ellis49, AndyB, TAZ has marked this note useful
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-07 17:21]
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Oh my, oh my....Someome is going to have to get some sedatives for Gerhard. He's going to get too excited about this! Brilliant set Japie, three great shots...very very nice. Good note too, and the large post is ace.

I dont know what happens with very long exposures, but it seems as if the warm lights have more time to reach the sensor. Fantastic presentation Japie, the detail is impressing, the position in the rock wonderful and the lights...appreciate the effort, TFS

Japie, OK, I came down from my throne for a moment to visit you - a mere mortal! ;-) Love this large post, haven't ventured there yet myself. I especially like shot 2 with spider craddled in the crack of the rock so. EXCELLENT DOF & details with a great supporting note Great - No Fantastic job here!!

Mooi Man
All three - spider, note and name. This is a guy I would NOT like to meet. It has fasinating eyes, and fangs to die off, not for! And the small f-stop . . . need I say more?

My spider senses are tingling!

I took the sedatives Paul suggested before writting the comment. This is truely a great capture. T h e d e t a il s a re fa nta stic . Th e not e ZZZzzzz.


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-08 9:18]

Wow... 8 segundos y esa definicion?
Excelente realmente Japie.
Además de poder brindar un version LP de la misma secuencia.
Gran composicion, gran calidad, gran entrega.
(oops... puntos mañana)

Wow... 8 seconds and that definition?
Excellent really Japie.
In addition to being able to offer a version LP of the same sequence.
Great composition, great quality, great post.
(oops... points tomorrow)

Very good Japie.
Great DOF , nice colours and good details.
Great note.
Well done.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-10-08 11:31]

Wat een engerd Japie,
Erg goede photos alle 3, In de LP versie erg mooi gedaan, and a great note, a very good job Japie

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-10-08 19:08]

An excellent series of work,very well presented and with great detail,especially those eyes!
Great work,very well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-10-10 4:35]

Quelle belle série en panoramique pour cette intéressante araignée !
Well done !

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