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spider's stance

spider's stance
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Copyright: Mark Galea (magal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-27
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Raynox DCR-150
Exposure: f/11, 1/1300 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-28 10:09
Viewed: 4873
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Friends,
Following my last posting showing a bee falling victim to a Thomisus Onustus spider, this time it is another crab spider which I still have not been able to identify. I chose to post this shot because it shows what must be the last image bees and flies visiting the flower actually see. This spider was quite visible and what strikes me as strange is that flying insects still hover onto the flower even though there is such a menace threatening them. Another strange thing [hence the title] is the position the spider takes, standing on its crouched hind legs facing vertically upwards and forming a claw with its forelegs, ready to spring its deadly embrace.
The exposure proved quite difficult to pull off as the day was windy and besides the movement of the flower, I had to contend with changing light as clouds raced across the sun. Eventually I decided to underexpose by two full stops and compensate with flash. Camera supported on the monopod and the Raynox up front.
Thanks for watching

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-02-28 10:44]

Magnifique détail. Bravo.
Bonne journée.

Hi Mark.
Very nice shot, DOF on the face and the foreground makes a great potrait, precise light & shapness makes it very natural and detailed.
Lovely work.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-02-28 15:58]

Bonsoir Mark
Très belle composition macro, excellent cadrage
couleurs et netteté. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-02-28 16:07]

hi Mark,
belle image haute en couleur, la netteté est vraiment superbe, et la position des pattes légèrement menacente le petit plus.


You manged a great shot despite the wind and changing light, Mark.
From a rather unusual point of view, you have shot a magnificent macro of this crab-like spider. The frontal details, especially the face and the eyes, are very well captured.
Looks like your work is keeping you frequently away from TN where you are missed.

bonjour mark
splendide macro avec une bonne profondeur de champ,une tres bonne netteté et de belles couleurs.
c'est vraiment un beau face a face entre vous et l'araignée.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-19 8:27]

Hi Mark,
its positioned and ready to catch anything that comes by. Those crab spiders are excellent hunters and can stay in this position for a long time.
Very nice shot, great detail and the colors are fabulous.
I like the angle and the diagonal composition a lot.

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