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Spider in a funnel

Spider in a funnel
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Copyright: Jusni Nasirun (jusninasirun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1740 W: 71 N: 3675] (14660)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-12
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon Macro 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro
Exposure: f/22, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): TN Classics, My favourite naturescapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-12 3:06
Viewed: 3861
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends in TN,

I spotted the spider web on the ground among dry leaves but no spider was visible. The web has a funnel at one and and suddenly she appeared out of the funnel. You can see the hind legs are partially hidden in the funnel.

Thanks for viewing!

Adjustments on white balance and clarity
TIFF to ACD- Tweaks with Level and Curves.
USM 110,1,10
Resized, and framed.

Model: NIKON D80
Software: ACD Systems Digital Imaging
Exposure Time: 1/200
F-Stop: f/22.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 60 mm
Date Taken: 2009-01-12 18:28
Metering Mode: Spot
Flash: Flash fired, auto mode, return light detected
File Size: 299 kb
jusni nasirun 2008

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Hi Jusni

wow, great shot of this beautiful spider. The web-covered leaves provide a great abstract background to the centrepiece. Excellent composition and sharpness.


Well controlled shot of this apparently very small Spider that makes its web in funnel shape, Jusni.
Tremendous clarity and pleasant natural colours.
Well done and TFS.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-01-12 3:31]

Hi Jusni
nice capture. Well done.
Razvan Zinica

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-12 3:57]

Hi Jusni,
Indeed an excellent macro, with the spider its natural habitat. The markings on the spider are very clear and the PoV and composition adds to the beauty of the shot. The diagonal capture makes it quite interesting.Very well done.
TFS & Cheers

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-12 4:06]

Hello Jusni
Excellent shot of this Spider,
Great details, composition and DOF,
Fantastic colors,Welldone.
Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-12 4:40]

Hello Jusni,
Fantastic photo of this spider in splendid clear colours and excellent sharpness. The details are amazing. Very good composition and POV.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-12 6:47]

Hi Jusni,
Excellent close up.Sharpness,details,lighting,exposure and cross framing is wonderful.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

A perfect macro shot displaying the fine points of close up photography Jusni, the colours are exceptional my friend. I'm adding this to my favourite naturescapes theme.

Salam Jusni,

Beautiful shot enhance the nature character of spider and on ground spider web. Nice texture and colour and very good sharpness.Great artistic shot.TFS.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-12 8:06]

Hello Jusni,
An excellent macro of a funnel web spider taken from a fine dorsal POV on its web with superb sharpness and lighting. Judging by the size of the leaves it looks like a fairly large spider.
TFS this fine and interesting image,
Best wishes,

This is definitely a talent laden image. I have seen images such as this before, but rarely and usually on print format not on the internet. These are among a special genre of which name I cannot think, but definably an eye pleaser while it keeps the brain working as well...

Hi Jusni,
that's an amazing spider, the colours are wonderful and she's sitting there very decorative. Very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-12 9:23]

Hi Jusni,

A wonderful macro of this spider and its web in a most picturesque setting. Magnificent colors and razor sharp details of this very beautiful spider. I never thought I would call a spider beautiful!! The composition is superb.


Hi Jusni, what a great macro capture of this majestic spider from dorsal POV with great clartiy. İ think it is do big one.
TFS and cheers,

hello Jusni!
good observation of spider's web
the definition of the spider is good and you can well notice the beauty of the embroidery on the body and legs..
best sERGIO

Hi Jusni,
A nice capture of this beautiful funnel web spider. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-12 12:53]

Hello Jusni !
What an ugly spider, this one could give me nightmares ! :-) But the picture is really excellent. There are awesome details, on the spider as well as on the web, and the composition, POV and very natural colors are beautiful too. I also like the patterns on the spider, I don't think I have ever seen this species before. Very well done !

hello Jusni

WOW ! at this moment that i am viewing your photo
this is the most beautiful photo of Spider in TN,
superb focus on all the image, beautiful luminosity
of the image with lovely colour tones,
great sharpness and details of all the image, TFS


Hi Jusni,
Very nice top-shot, love the finely nit web of this species.
Great contrast, color, DOF and details..
Well composed - Well done!

Ciao Jusni,
spettacolare immagine di aracnide catturato con una straordinaria definizione in una fantastica ambientazione, bellissimi i dettagli del ragno con la ragnatela e il contrasto dei colori delle foglie che formano una cornice naturale, stupendo effetto TD.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-13 2:47]

Salam Jusni,
look like a tarantula too. Very hairy and with stripes.Well captured with the web acts as a beautiful background for you. Lucky you, this guy posed very well and highly disciplined lot.
Well composed in great sharpness.


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  • jpdenk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 3 N: 74] (333)
  • [2009-01-13 8:17]
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Hello Jusni,
A really attractive composition, and excellent color and detail, however, I'd like to make a suggestion. While your photo is a beauty, and pretty sharp, it could be a little more sharp, and I think that your sharpening work flow may be able to be improved a little. I've been doing digital photography for many years, since 1999, and have been using Photoshop since 1997 and have learned a method for sharpening that works very nicely, you might want to experiment with it.

If you have Photoshop available, try this. First, resize your photo down to the dimensions required for TrekNature before doing any sharpening. Next, switch the image's mode from RGB to Lab Color. Then, go to the channels and select the Lightness Channel, this will allow you to sharpen only the Luminance data, not color data, and this allows more sharpening with less sharpening halos.

Then, using Unsharp Masking, try a Diameter of .4, that's less than a pixel, this is best for smaller images, Tolerance of 12-15 and experiment with the amount of sharpening until it's as sharp as possible without the white sharpening halos becoming obvious.

Then switch the Mode back to RGB and "Save As" the new image.

I see that you used Lightroom for sharpening. It will work well for sharpening of course, but I don't recall if there's a way in Lightroom to sharpen the Luminance information only, as there is in Photoshop, so that's why I suggest Photoshop for doing your sharpening.

Anyway, I hope this information might be of use to you, this method will let you post needle-sharp images, assuming the original is good and sharp to begin with.


  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 103 W: 39 N: 11] (54)
  • [2009-01-13 17:44]
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hi Jusni

If I ask 6 legs on this one, I would instantly lose my credibility. I know many people are afraid of spiders simply because some of them are poisonous; but spiders are really insects eaters and, like frogs, are good for nature [at least that is what most people positively view it; although some will say flies also help in the decay process of foods!]. Generally we always see spider webs, nobody can escape not noticing it, only thing is that we tend to treat it ignorantly. Why do I say so? Ask anyone who has entered a vacant house or building, or even just a tiny store room in the house, OR a cupboard in the kitchen, that has long time being left idle. You would find spider webs. That means spidey is everywhere in our lives, we cannot shake them loose. But I can see as nature lover, you go into the ground under the tree to find this one specie that is not seen in the house. Good catch to see the black/white stripes on the web of bluish white, making great contrast in low tone but still able to show sharp focus. Long legs it has. This is the home ground for spidey.

Good work.

Greetings from Borneo.
tfs, bill

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-13 20:43]

Hello Jusni, Good shot with superb details. Natural sorrounding and nice view. The composition is just beautiful. The Web is just beautifully captured. Ganesh

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-14 5:47]

Hello Jusni,
A really fine capture of this beautiful funnel-web spider with fine markings and colours. It stands out very nicely against the web and the leafy background in beautiful colours. Excellent work!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2009-01-19 0:49]
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awesome Jusni,

love this shot. i'd love to know what it is.. maybe some kind of Lycosa sp? anyways, nicely captured!!

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