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Leiobunum Blackwalli (male)

Leiobunum Blackwalli (male)
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Copyright: marie christine guegan (mariki) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-08
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Samsung digimax D103
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/180 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Arachnida [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-15 1:43
Viewed: 4863
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Leiobunum blackwalli, male

Arachnida, opiliones (Harvestman).

I found the male and the female (See WS) in the main entrance of my appartement.

One of the identification keys of this species (compare to the species L. rotundum)is the colouring of the ocularium. The ocularium is mostly entirely dark/black on L. rotundum and carries a clear/white band over each eye on L. blackwalli

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Hi Marie,
Wonderful macro capture of an opilionid in a fine composition with nice POV, wonderful details and sharpness.
TFS and cheers,


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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-15 1:55]

Hello Marie,
what a beautifully captured blackwalli.
Great sharpness and colour.
Have a wonderful day

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-12-15 1:59]

Bonjour Marie-Christine,
Une très belle image d'opilion. Elles sont plutôt rares sur TN. Un de mes amis a fait son doctorat sur ces créatures. Ton angle de vue est spécial, mais pas facile de faire une photo. Tu as réussi à en faire une image artistique avec ce bel-arrière-plan mauve.
Bonne semaine

Hi Marie

What a wierd looking spinder, amazing long legs and tiny body, TFS


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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-12-15 2:45]

Hi Marie,

Amazing shot! I like a lot the details on the body and the fantastic DOF that makes it more mysterious. Thanks for sharing.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2008-12-15 4:05]

Hi Marie

very good macro and capture, there are fine details on the spider legs...
an interesting insect with very long legs..



Ciao Marie Christine,
spettacolare immagine di questo aracnide catturato con eccellente POV e una splendida composizione che evidenziano perfettamente il ragno con ottimi dettagli su uno stupendo BG e con un bellissimo effetto TD, molto belli i colori.

Hi Marie,

nice catch of this one, hard to focused on the head, long legs always out of focus, very nice work!

Bonjour Marie-Christine

J'aime beaucoup ton image de cette araignée. Quand on la regarde, on se demande comment elle fait pour ne pas s'entremêler avec ces pattes qui n'en finissent plus...

Les couleurs sont tendres et superbes, et j'aime beaucoup cette impression de vide autour de l'insecte.



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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-15 4:52]

Hello Marie,
Interesting view of this Spider with the long legs producing a lovely pattern against the smooth grey background. Excellent sharpness and very nice colours too. Very well done!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-15 5:38]

Hello Marie,
These harvesters are difficult to photograph because of their long legs, but you made a fine capture of the body and some of the legs against a good neutral BG to give us a fine view of this arachnoid.
TFS this unusual image,

Hallo Marie
Although I have posted 2 spiders in the time that I have been part of Trek Nature, I cannot really say that I like them, but I also cannot say that I do not find them very fascinating and interesting. Each one differs from the other and each have their own characteristics to them. Your Blackwalli looks very fragile and I am amazed by the length of the legs and how you fitted them all into the frame. I very much like the pitch black colour of the long legs, and the very small body.
Best regards

Hi Marie Christine,

you keep on surprising me with things I never saw before. This Daddy longlegs is no exception, and its definitely a first on TN. Great, how you depict it hanging seemingly in the air. And you mastered the trick to show ALL of the legs, something I never succeeded in. Well done, Marie Christine!

Best regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-15 10:56]

Hi Marie,

An amazing shot of this most unusual looking spider. Excellent details and colors of the tiny body. Those long black legs are fascinating. He seems to be double-jointed to get into that position. He shows up very well against the blurred background.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-15 11:05]

Hi Marie.
Brilliant shot. Fantastic DOF and superb flash work. You have reflect all so attractive features and details of the insect simply greatly. Bravo. Well done.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-15 11:07]

Hello Marie,
A sharply focused image of what I was brought up calling a Daddy Longlegs. Thank you for sharing this Excellent macro image with us Marie.

A fine looking opilionid with almost all of its legs within the frame Marie! I know it is almost an impossible achievement my friend. The double eyes back to back on its dorsum are very evident in this superb macro shot. I slightly re-arranged the white balance in my WS, hope you like it.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-12-15 12:05]

Hello Marie, excellent close up shot of this long legged arachnid.
TFS and G's,

Hello Marie Christine,
Just wondering how strong have to be the muscles or joints of the legs to be able to move and stand over it.
A very clear capture of this singular spider, plenty of sharp ad fine details.
It's unbelievable the length of the legs...
Great work and thanks for share.
My best regards,

Bonjour marie,
I compliment this fine and beautiful macro of spider well captured and presented!
the dof is perfect with total sharpness on the subject with good natural colour and details
a great job well done

Hello Mariki,superb shot of this opilion with great details ans sharpness.
TFS and regards,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-16 5:02]

Marie, Amazing shot with superb sharpness. Well shot with nice view. Ganesh

Hello Mariki, excellent shot of this opilionid spider with wonderful details, sharpness and nice composition.
TFS and regards,

Hi Mariki,

Very cool shot! These little beasts are very interesting-looking, and you've captured it very well, nice and sharp.


Hello Marie,

Excellent capture.
Light,focus and sharpness are fantastic.
Good notes.

Hi Mariki, great macro of this strange creature with wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Marie,

Very good macro shot with exellent bg and sharpness.
beautiful colours.


Would make a nice model for Paul Klee, Marie :).
A most amazing species of spiders with such long legs you could not get the whole of them within the frame.
The geometrical formations in this image are also astounding.
What is most significant is that you have captured its main body very well and shown its features clearly.
Thanks and regards.

Dear Marie Christine,
fascinating artistic presentation of that fragile Opilio.
The way its body and legs are vaguely appearing into precision out of distant softness is very appealing.
Thank you! With all my best wishes to you for a Happy New Year!

Impresionante captura con una difícil realización que conseguiste trabajarla bien.
Gran realismo en la luz y los colores. Un trabajo diferente y muy atractivo.

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Marie Christine

Excellent sharpness and detail.
Even able to see it this well I can't figure out how it can move around so well on those stilts.
Very good POV and DOF.
The focus is very good,it stands out against the OOF BG.


Hello Marie!
Opiliones are not very popular in TN gallery (I remember maybe 3-4 pictures?), so first of all - bravo for interesting and original presentation. You kept DOF and sharpness in very nice way, what is not easy in case of these creatures :)
Anyway, there is a small mistake in the note - name "Opiniones" should be written in catipal letter :>

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-01-19 6:38]

Hi again, Marie
Magnificent capture of this Leiobunum. I don't think these arachnids use of threads, but I am puzzled how you captured it, for it doesn't seem to be sit on anything.
My compliments and best regards

Hello Marie,
beautiful picture of Leiobunum blackwalli! I like composition, very good details!

Best regards, Leonid

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