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Colonel Mustard.

Colonel Mustard.
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Copyright: Sebastien Lucas (Esox) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-09
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM, Digital ISO 500
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50 - 60 points (chapter two), Pisauridaes (Nurseryweb spiders)., 40 points or more (Chapter 5)., Magnificent Macros [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-18 14:35
Viewed: 12449
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Dolomedes fimbriatus (Clerck, 1757)

Reign: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Pisauridae

Common names:
English: Fishing spider, Raft spider.
French: Dolomède.

This spider is one of the only watery spiders of Europe.
Indeed, if it doesn’t live completely under water like the argyronete (Argyroneta aquatica), it passes most of its time in an adult state on its surface.
Spiderlings are more often found in dryness, higher vegetation.
Its nearly exclusive biotope is swampys areas, with pools of water.
It has 2 characteristic postures: it groups legs 2 by 2 and takes a sun bath on the plants in the immediate proximity of the surface of water, or the first 2 pairs on the surface of the pool.
This second posture is its hunting position.
This way, it detects the vibrations caused by the insects which struggle on its surface, or with the small aquatic animals (tadpoles, small fishes).
To nourish itself or when it is threatened, she can perfectly dive under the surface (this one did).
It is a spider of big size (up to 2 cm), and its characteristic dress comprises two clear bands on each side of the body, over all its length.
There is one second species, Dolomedes plantarius, unfortunately threatened, and registered on the IUCN red list.
The distinction is done by observing the sexual organs. Hitherto, I had only seen immature specimens.

This photograph is not technically perfect, but it is almost the only one I could take of this female with his egg sac. we can see a rainbow effect on the hairs of the clypeus (between the eyes and the cheliceras).

I hope you’ll like it.

Runnerduck, AndyB, liquidsunshine, Fisher, PDP, Janice, scottevers7, ellis49, red45, naki, dew77, marhowie, carper, Callie, gerhardt, Luc, bedford67, Zapofrog, mesquens, vmukherjee, oscarromulus, nofer has marked this note useful
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Why does she remind me of Colonal Mustard ?? (sorry...). A scary shot, lots of detail and all those eyes - eugh. Great pov. Well done and thanks for posting.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-05-18 14:58]

REWELACJA!!!!!!!!!! ¦wietne makro, wspania³e szczegó³y.

Belle photo Sebastien ! Très réussi ce portrait de cette araignée.
J'aime beaucoup, Bravo !

How nice to see you around more often to share with us this wonderful work. Impressing, thanks for sharing.

Great shot Sebastien!
The spider looks superb - I love such close-ups. Great POV, colours and light.
I like it very much.
Well done!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-18 15:20]

Excellent macro Sebastien.
Superb detail and lighting,great colours.
Fabulous work,very well done.

Brilliant shot Sebastien,
Fantastic deatil and colour. This is a very very impressive capture. Thanks for posting

Belle macro Sebastien, details et netteté, je pense que mon prochaine achat sera le sigma 70-300, assez polyvalent
Amicalement Christophe

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-05-18 15:50]

Super shot!!!!!!!!!!
Excelent composition and details. What a view!!!!!


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-05-18 15:51]
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Hello Sebastien, beautiful shot of what you know is one of my favourite spiders. It's a fantasitc shot and I can't fault it in any way. I'm happy for you, for me and for the spider! Great stuff.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-18 16:38]

Yuk, a spider. And WHAT a spider too, with its many beady eyes and her Colonel Mustard moustache! Excellent macro shot Sebastien, so sharp and up close - too close... Bravo.

Quelle clarté et quelle précision des détails, Sebastien. Une photo splendide. Du vrai travail de professionel, même si vous n'êtes pas entièrement satisfait. Impressionnant de présence!

  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-18 17:52]

Fantastic shot! Fantastic moustache! :) Fantastoc DOF, great POV, well composed, razorsharp details and great colors. Very well done & TFS!


Excellente macro, ce qui me frappe ce sont les détails sur la tête de l'araignée. Vraiment impressionnante cette barbiche et les couleurs sont tellement vives que c'est un vrai plaisir à regarder. Même si vous ne semblez pas satisfait, moi, j'aime beaucoup.

Sebastien, this is an excellent shot. Super detail in this composition. Excellent work!!!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-05-19 1:14]

Fantastic macro, Sebastian. Talk about up close and personal. Amazing details. Perfect exposure. I like your POV. Well done. : )

Great macro, Sebastien.
Very good details, well composed and nice colours.
Excellent work.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-19 3:34]

Waouh ! Magnifique composition macro-photographique pour cette impressionnante araignée. Vous postez peu de clichés sur TN mais ils sont à chaque fois fabuleux, compliments Sébastien et merci de nous émerveiller !
Wonderful & Very Well Done !

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-19 3:46]

Top class shot! Subject is very interesting, capture is superb. All is perfect!

Une macro d'une précision redoutable, excellente netteté et contraste, point de vue interessant, très joli travail

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-05-19 5:30]

Hi Sebasien, you stroke back with a great macro shot. It's a very good composition. Egg sac and rainbow effect are bonuses. No nits. Good note.
Great work.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • danzi Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 12] (186)
  • [2005-05-19 5:47]

Great shot Sebastien!
Super detail in this composition. A scary shot, lots of detail. Great pov and very impressive capture. Well done and thanks for posting.

Get in my favourites you fat, ugly spider !

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-05-19 7:33]

WoW, Une prise exceptionnelle, tout est parfaits. La netteté et les détails sont excellents.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-19 7:56]

Superb macro Lucas!
Details are amazing.Framing,presentation,lighting and composition are perfect.TFS...

Sebastian, Perhaps the best mugshot of a spider I've had the pleasure of viewing..Excellent sharpness and details seen from a great POV. Great technique - Very well done!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-05-19 14:06]

Wauw Sebastien,
What a details shot, fantastic macro, the fantastic monster shot is very good, very good in pov, with a fantastic dof, very good job you made here,
gr. Jaap

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-05-19 15:40]

Hi Sebastien
This is VERY nice - did I say that about a spider? The details are superbe, nice note to, lovely picture, TFS

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-05-19 22:55]

Quelle incroyable macro Sébastien, on y voit très bien les yeux ! belle présentation et cadrage magnique,


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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2005-05-22 2:13]

Impressionnant cliché, je ne pensais pas que la France avait des monstres comme celui là. Excellente macro, bonne netteté.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-05-22 3:52]

Sebastien bonjour de la Touraine.Ce macro portrait d'araignée est super et plein d'humour dans la dénomination !! Son regard n'est pas commode! Félicitation pour la mise en scéne et la piqué, Didier.

Yes, yes, YES! Sebastien, impressive close up. Magnificent details. I like the rainbow in the brow. I see you handle that macro lens very nicely. Now its your turn to wish my wife gets me one like it. :)

Very well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-22 19:20]

Sebastien, this is another amazing macro.

Excellent pov, sharpness, colors and composition.

I like dof too.


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-23 22:24]

Hello Sébastien.
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete and bilingual.
Thank you very much for sharing.

This one seems a little close, Sebastien! Nice point of view and very nice clarity. The depth of field works nicely to add mystery to this creature.

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  • Didi Silver Star Critiquer [C: 14 W: 9 N: 9] (47)
  • [2005-06-16 8:19]

T'as de beaux yeux tu sais ?
Magnifique composition dont la mise au point sélective est parfaite; je constate que ton auto-critique est un peu sévère.
J'apprécie la netteté.

Bonjour Sébastien,

Nouveau sur TN, je découvre peu à peu les merveilles de la nature superbement photographiées par ses membres.
La photo de cette araignée est fantastique. Je la trouve techniquement parfaite.
Le commentaire est vraiment complet et doit ravir les plus exigeants des entomologistes.

New on TN, I discover little by little the wonders of nature superbly photographed by his members.
The photograph of this spider is fantastic. I find it technically perfect.
The comment is really complete and must charm most demanding of the entomologists.




Excelente foto, nítida, boas cores e ângulo de tomada adequado.

Great closeup. Sharply focussed, even the har beside the eyes are visible! Good work.

Hi Sebastian,thanks that you will share this foto with us..Its great...greeetings Willy

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Details & more details.
GREAT NOTES too. Highly educative.
You have captured an UNIQUE moment in this female's life.
Mario from Calgary wishing you friendly greetings.

Great capture of mister colonel.Well done.Regards.Alin.

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