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Copyright: Matthew Bird (Matt-Bird) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 303 W: 33 N: 400] (1942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 DI MACRO 1:1
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 5 favs. and up - PART 3, marmottelolo theme, A Spider sat beside her., jmp *2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-28 0:56
Viewed: 7466
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 108
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Im not sure what type of spider this is but it sure made a good photo subject. I don't have to much to say about this photo, so I will keep it short. I cropped this photo so the spikes of this spider really were displayed well. I wanted to keep the head as the central focus and have the spikes create a nice surrounding. I hope you like it even if you don't like spiders much.

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Hi Matthew,

Wow! What a close-up! I'm really amazed by the sharpness and the colour details of this photo. This is pro level!

Cheers, Petru

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-28 1:11]

Hi Matt,
The light and the details are amazing. I have never seen a spider with spikes like that or maybe just never seen a photo so good to show them off like this. It is an outstanding composition.

Hi Matthew,
Greta macro ! you have succeded in your goal, the head surrounded by the spikes. The spider looks like a guy from an animation movie :)

Hi Matt

Excellent lighting and DOF and details are captured beautifully!


matt, wonderful picture of this spiky beauty. Well composed & framed. good sharp details.
well done, warm regards, kiran

Great picture with perfect compo and great DOF as well as super sharpness.
It looks a bit overexposed to me, tried a WS.
Fantastic pix anyway

Great macro, you realy got down to eyes level with the spider. He is a crab spider not sure what type but type crab spider in google and you should find some info.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-28 2:57]

Hello Matthew,
Beautiful close up.POV,details,lighting and framing are exclelent.

Hi Matthew. This is a tremendous close up macro shot. One of the sharpest i have ever seen. Excellent work. Murray.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-06-28 3:52]
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Hi Matt

Actually I do not like spiders much, but I do like this spider image. It is an exceptional macro showing all the micro splendour and beauty of this arachnid.

I like the "in-your-face" result you achieved with the cropping while the composition and POV is really great and pleasing on the eye. The range of the DOF ensured that the concentration remained on the remarkable facial area and on the spiky bristles on the legs. The details are ever so sharp and well defined while the colour saturation is rich and stimulating. Another aspect of this photo that really gives it an edge is the brilliant exposure levels. The lighting was well controlled with the fill-in flash.

Great work and TFS.

bonjour matthew
just magnifique.

I know it is and interesting photos, and it is taken with good details and exposure.
I just find these insects very frightening.
Tried searching an ID..no result.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-28 5:58]
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Hi Matthew,
Stunning macro of this Lynx Spider. Immaculate sharpness and very clear details with spot-on focus on the head and eyes. Great POV and amazing spikes. Wonderfully composed. Kudos.

Congrats Matthew,
This is a superb macro.
Razorsharp...almost a drawing.

Dear Matthew!
This is one of the best spider portrait I have seen on TN! Not only very colourful, but also with great DOF, sharpness and of course POV.
TFS and all the best!

Hi Matthew,
Great macro-shot! This spider is beautiful :)
Everything here is perfect. Composition, sharpness, colours, DOF.
Very well done!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-06-28 10:47]

Hola Matt.- Bella "Arañita" con cara de pocos amigos. Exelente claridad y nitidez. Hermosos colores y grandes detalles se aprecian an sus patas. El fondo donde se pose luce bellamente. Saludos Luis52.

ugh its going on my theme.

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-06-28 11:16]

Great capture...It seems to have a funny expression on it's face and in ALL it's eyes....Outstanding detail and color...TFS

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-06-28 12:59]

Hello Matthew,

I'm not a fan of spider (photographying them is a kind of therapy for me!), but yours is very impressing! Excellent closeup and composition ! The eyes on the head are so sharp!!! Nice colors and excellent exposition! Happy not being a fly against such a monster ;-)

Bye and TFS,


Hi Matthew, Brilliant photo of this hairy spider. The crop is spot on and all the detail is showing. Good and sharp.
Well done,

Hello Matthew
Excellent shot of this tiny Lynx Spider,
Perfect details,DOF and BG,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

Hi Matthew,
Great macro, good colors very sharp focus,
well composed, TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-06-28 15:48]

salut Matt,
waooooooo que de poils sur cette petite bête, elle pique ? :)
Magnifique maîtrise de la DOF, couleur et lumière. Une grande patience a du être nécessaire.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-28 19:28]

Hello Matthew

A really interesting shot of this spider.the clarity is excellent with wonderful focus and sharpness.The colours are vivid.Very nicely composed.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-06-28 22:16]

Amazing shot, Matt.
The details are stunningly sharp.
Great POV of this little "monster" with all the spikes.
Colors are beautiful.
I swear he is looking straight at me. : P
TFS. ; )

This is a beauty, and definitely a Lynx spider.
Stunning detail and the white petals make the perfect bg. Stunning work, thanks for posting.

Now that's a close-up!!! WOW! Great details and lighting. Good shot.

Superbe macro cette arraignée dans la coupole d'une fleur.

Hi Matthew,
Perfect macro picture of Lynx Spider. This one looks delicate and cute to me. Sharpness and exposure are great. Very well done and tfs.

I love this one.
EXCELLENT clarity.
Super focusing job.
Presented with taste.
Regards from Calgary,

Hi Matthew,
Great picture of this spider.
Great color, lighting, sharpness and background.TFS.


The only thing I dont like is in this one, is that my name is not the Copyright field :)
Seriously, it is a great capture, very nicely postprocessed, with a very clear atmosphere and lovely composition.
A very fine piece of work, thanks and best regards, Felipe.

Buffffffff que maravilla en todos los aspectos: enfoque, colores .... y profundidad. Fondo a juego y oportuno. Una gran belleza del conjunto y para mí uno de los mejores trabajos vistos últimamente en TK. Saludos.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-01 9:26]

Hi Matthew,
I like this spider a lot! The tight crop, pose and pov create a eye-catching image of this fantastic creature. Flower suit very well with the subject.
TFS, José M.

Hi Matthew,
picture has such very nice colours. Outright sweet. Spider has replete colours, super sharpness perfectly and well blurred background. Bright eyes and hairy legs please me :).
Pozdrawim - Roma

Hi Matt,
I read in your profile that you like unusual perspective in your macro..And this one has it. Really like the frame filling full-face view, slightly broken off to the side. Your lynx capture has sharp detail & great DOF, excellent on all counts. Very well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-03 5:25]

Hello Matt,
This is a superb macro of a spider that seems to use the same hunting environment as a crab spider, though it is not a crab spider. Fine sharpness, DOF and colour. I fine the spikey legs interesting.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi Matthew,
An outstanding image, I love the excellent details and macro, the good sharpness and colours. Nice illumination, despite the white zone and intensity is not overexposed. Congratulations

This is not just a good, but a real great photo subject Matthew.
What a perfect detailed spider image this is........Awsome.
Sharpness, composition and DOF are excellent and the colors most wonderful.
Fantastic shot.
Thanks for sharing.
Kindest regards. Harry

That is certainly a menancing looking spider, it woud keep me away...

Hello Matt.

Excellent macro. very good details and colors.


What a stunner Matthew, Iv never seen such a beauty and the equal to my "Ladybird spider" in stricking appearence. Your super macro lens has really pulled in the fine details. very nice work..

selam, Great shot and very good composition nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done ! Regards ridvan

Super Macro shot... so sharp subject... amazing.

Veri nice macro.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-07-16 14:35]

Hello Matthew, this is a fantastic macro. Lovely colours and composition and tack sharp details. She looks like she's wearing a big mexican moustache. Great stuff!

Excellent close-up of an unusual specimen. Great POV and sharpness. Spot-on focus on the eyes and "face". Well done, Matthew.

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  • cam Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 85 W: 0 N: 78] (360)
  • [2007-07-25 18:59]

Hi Matt
Here is one I will not squished under my finger.
Very well done macro.
It is quite unbelievable all the life forms that exist on earth.

Have a good day

Hi Matthew
Such a cute little spider, I wonder if he's poisonous. Excellent POV, I like the tight crop, it was worth it to see the fine detail and his little hairs.
TFS Janice

Incredible detail has been captured in this fantic macro Matt. I really likr this one a lot. Very nicely done. :)

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-08-28 0:16]

fantastic close-up! great focus, macro, details. very well done! tfs

Hello Matt
impressive this spider.
Thank you

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-09-02 11:44]

HI Matt!
Never believed that I'll be able to say this but this spider actually looks very cute!
Great quality and sharpness, outstanding photo.TFS!

Great shot! The spikes are very well focussed and they look really creepy. I love spiders,.. and this one wud have made a nice model for any photographer! I guess this is somekind of lynx spider. Not sure though. And I think it may be possible to get some details of the yellow thing beneath the spider (are those some part of any flower or spider eggs?? ) by using highlights in photoshop. Anyways,.. good work

Great immage.No comment.Friendly regards.Alin.

YOWSA!!!!! know some personalities like this!! LOL just adore this picture..amazing capture!!

amazing spider, TFS Ori

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