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Giant Wood Spider

Giant Wood Spider
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Copyright: Murali Santhanam (smurali) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax *ist DL, Sigma 180 mm F3.5 EX HSM
Exposure: f/4, 1/8 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-08 9:53
Viewed: 4299
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

This is the second of my pictures from Thattekadu Bird Sanctuary. The Giant Wood Spiders are very common at Thattekadu Bird Sanctuary. Some of the Giant Wood Spiders have built webs extending from the tree branches to the ground with a diameter of as much as 8-10 feet.

You are looking at the underside of the Female spider. In these species, the femal spiders are bigger than the males by 5 times or more. You can also see a male spider crawling over the spider in the picture. But I will publish another close up some times later that shows the Giant Wood Spider and the male spider sitting on the back of the female spider.

The female spiders of this species, have interesting life styles. Wikipedia provides more information.

Murali Santhanam

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-12-08 10:06]

Hello Murali,
the focus is exactly on the spiders. Impressive to see the small male. I like to se the slight light reflexes on the spiders legs and the details of the body markings.
Best wishes, Peter.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-08 10:48]

Hello Murali,
POV and details are very nice. You have captured an interesting pose. Good colors, contrast and composition. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Murali,

Nice capture of this giant spider (and the little one also). Good focus and beautiful colours.

What a monumental shot of this amazing spider, Murali!
One of the best spider shots I have ever seen, and not an easy one too.
Every bit of this creature is in sharp focus against the OOF web and neutral BG.
The colours and patterns on the subject are also very well captured.
TFS and all the best.

Hi Murali,
Perfect macro of a spider ! great light and DOF, wonder how you managed with f4 and such slow shutter speed. TFS

Dear Murali, fantastic details, very well done. nice colours. with best regards.vab.

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