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The Santa Claus of spiders

The Santa Claus of spiders
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Hoya Close-Up 52mm +1, +2, +4
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-26 5:21
Viewed: 3214
Points: 118
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Since it's still Holiday time, i thought i'd post something at least partially related to that. Now i kow you wouldn't have thought a spider is related to Christmas in any way, but the colors of this one...are :))

I found this (and thousands of its brothers and cousins) in the same trip i found the Acrida ungarica and one of the climbing Hylas. The interesting part was that there were literary thousands (you could find them on their big webs at about 40-50 cm from one-another).

This particulas one was a very big specimen and i quite liked its position near those thorns. I'm not sure about the ID on this one so i'm hoping Greg would be happy to but his new book about spiders to good use :)

BTW, i know Thor was a big fan of spiders, so this is a small dedication to him, in hope we would se some more pictures of his :)

Hope you'll like it :)

EXIF data:
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Filter: Hoya Close-up +1
Focal Length: 271mm (35mm equiv.)
Shutter Speed: 1/500
Metering Mode: Pattern
Exposure Bias: -1
ISO: 100
F-Stop: f/5.6
Flash: Yes (power: -2)
Support: Handheld
TOD: about 4PM

Found the ID with a little help fom my friends :) (thanks you all): it's a female Araneus quadratus. Here is a wikipedia link, for all the science lovels :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-26 5:32]

Hello Horia,
Nice to see this shot of a female Santa Claus, fully laden not with presents, but with eggs!
She is the Garden Cross Spider, (Araneus diadematus). T don't claim to be an arachnologist but I know that these vary both in colour and pattern.
This is an excellent portrait with fine BG, comp, and detail.
TFS and enjoy yor holiday season.

Sal' Horia,

o imagine foarte curata si foarte faina respectand la perfectie regula treimii.
the ID is Araneus quadratus, a female

foarte bune detalii, compozitie super si un BG la fel de bun.


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-12-26 5:53]

Hello Horia,
a nice and sharp picture of a spider which is a relative of the common garden spider (A. diadematus). The species you show is also not rare but not so often found at TN. As 'cosmln' stated already, this is Araneus quadratus. Than you for the picture which shows the body colour pattern very nicely.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-26 5:54]

Hi Horia.
Very interesting and daring analogy. But really holiday air at this amazing spider. I like, first of all, perfect quality of your picture. Crisp sharpness, great details, clear and rich colours of the insect and small twig. Three colour BG is simply amazing. Its blurriness and passages of the colour tones are extremely pleasant to eye and decorate the main image perfectly. Moderate lighting is very impressive and wonderful too.
Composition is outstanding as always. BRAVO. Next tremendous Horia picture.
My compliments and TFS.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-26 6:02]

Hello Horia,
Superb sharpness and great details and colors. TFS.
Merry Christmas!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-26 6:24]

Magnífica foto y bellos detalles, composición, encuadre y formato agradable... muchos saludos Horia

thanks, horia, this is really like a christmas-present! :-)
what a big fat spider, excellent macro-shot,
perfectly sharp and with terrific details -
the thorn is very cool, too.
wonderful job & take care,

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-12-26 6:41]

A Great shot Horia , great compositie colours details pov sharpnes bg and framing ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

hello HORIA
bien vu cette araignée, bonnes couleurs, bons détails, son corps me fait penser a un champignon., bon travai
bravo et merci a toi
amitiès et bonnes année 2007 avec quelques jours d' avance

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-12-26 7:39]

Hi Horia,
The body of this spider looks like a mushroom :o) Great POV and composition. TFS

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-12-26 7:49]

Arachnids always make me shudder... Brrr. And I don't wish to meet them even if they are as curious as this one. I don't hate them, I like them... in their place, and this is a real good place for showing them, with such magnificent portraits. Wonderful realization.
Best wishes

Hello Horia,
A strange creature, captured with great details!
The composition is interesting, bakcground enhances the insect...
Pleasant presentation in the well composed image!
Pablo -

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-26 9:05]

Hello Horia,
Very clever capture of this Cross spider just by this big thorn - a very impressive composition! Pretty sharp and I like the background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hola Horia. Buenos detalles los de esta simpática imagen. Muy buena luz, POV, DOF y BG.
Muchos saludos amigo, JL.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-26 12:42]

Hi Horia,
Spectacular presentation of this spider near a thorn. Awesome composition and beautiful colors both in the spider and the background.
Best regard, José m.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-26 13:54]

Un oportuno disparo amigo mío, en la posición indicada y con el punto de vista apropiado, además de la correcta iluminación.
Buena agudeza y foco con un maravilloso fondo de escena para exhibir con efectividad esta bella composición.
Mis mejores deseos para el 2007... Ricardo

An opportune shot my friend, in the suitable position and with the appropriate point of view, besides the correct illumination.
Good sharpness and focus with a wonderful scene bottom to exhibit with effectiveness this beautiful composition.
My best wishes for the 2007... Ricardo

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-26 14:11]

Hi Horia

I hope this santa doesn't come down my chimney.

I could spot that this was one of your pictures without looking at the name. Lovely sharp, clear details, great composition and wonderful colours - all the hallmarks of one of your pictures.



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  • clint Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 39 W: 0 N: 237] (1371)
  • [2006-12-26 14:58]

what a wonderful shot, you have caught the detail well and the markings on the spiders back realy stand out.
i also like the way you have kept the thorn in the shot as it adds interest. nice work

Beautiful species Horia! Great pov and bg my friend. Great details on the abdomen!
Have a great new year!

Good image, Horia.
Sharpness and exposure are well done.

This is the most unusual spider I've seen. And it is so very cute.
Excellent clarity.
Well presented.
Hope you have a GREAT new year.
Best regards,

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-12-26 19:45]

Hi Horia

Great shot, I lkie the composition and POV that includes the scary looking thorn (I prefer Spiders to Thorns), excellent detail with all the markings on the Spider looking superb, great colours and a really nice BG too.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-12-26 20:00]

Salut Horia!

Very nice simple composition. Quite intriguing pose of the spider hidden behind the torn. Well controlled DOF.

Toate cele bune!!!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-27 1:44]

What an interesting-looking spider, Horia.
Good POV for showing the unusual markings on the abdomen.
Sharp details and good colors.
TFS. : )

bonjour horia
excellent,les couleurs sont naturelles.
l'exposition bien metraisée.le dof parfait.
bravo encore une fois.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-27 8:00]

Hello Horia,
Wonderful close up.POV,clear details,sharpness,lighting,BG and composition are excellent.

Hello Horia,

Excllent work, great colors bg POV DOF Perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo, excllent spider photo

TFS Kyle

Bonjour Horia
Magnifique capture avec ce macro de cet insecte qui ade belles couleurs, belle composition et les details sont très beaux.
Merci et bravo....JP

Horia, As a kid growing up I learned abt a "cross spider"... I.e. a spider that carried its cross - a marking - on it's back. So I see a conneXion to X-mas!

I especially like the moment you chose to shoot this spider,,,
right there with the thorn < was that a symbol too?>


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-12-27 13:54]

a very nice one Horia,
good macro photo,nice in pov and good qualityu, very good details, a fine job. Have a good end and a good begin of the new year for you and your family.
gr. jaap

Hi Horia, great spider, very nice composition, splendid details, interesting note, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-27 20:48]

Hello Horia

Nicely seen.This spider is in good focus with lovely natural colours.The textures and tiny hairs are very visible.Great POV and DOF.The simple composition and lovely tricolour BG really compliment the shot.Well done.TFS


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-12-28 4:48]

Merry Christmas Spider! Good shot Horia, but I can't say I am a spider fan. Good colours and sharpness though, and TFS

Hello Horia,
What a great Christmas design, lol. If you didn't know cars and spiders so well, I would have thought that you could have been a great architect.

Have you had a look at your pictures recently, the frog, and the mantis? What are you doing besides being a biologist; are you a car’s architect or are you building nature as a biologist who controls genetic would do it? Loll! Have a wonderful New Year and TFS ;)
:-)... PT

Well done Horia.
I like the vertical comp, it works well here.
Nice sharp detail and I like the POV that shows not only the spider nicely, but the interesting abdominal patterns..
Exposure & color are excellent too :)
Happy New Year!

Hi Horia
He rely loos like Santa Claus. Very interesting composition with a spine and pretty good sharpnes
Very good job
Best wishes

Hello Horia,
beautiful shot, wonderful title!
Your excellent images are always a pleasure to look at. You manage to combine precise observation of nature with a very unique sense of humour. Thank you for all your beautiful, inspiring contributions to the TN community in 2006. Looking forward to seeing you continuing in high spirits in 2007, dear friend. All the best to you and your family for the New Year!
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-12-29 6:55]

Bonjour Horia!

Félicitations pour cette composition,j'aime bien la verticale et larrière plan. Bravo pour la pic on croirait un nez ceci est amusant.
Merci pour vos commantaire et Bonne Année!

Hi Horia a very detailed technically excellent capture with nice DOF great bokeh well done best rgds Necip. sorry points tomorrow.

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-12-29 12:47]

Hi Horia,
Indeed interesting to think that this little chap is in any way connected to Christmas.Great detail throughout the image and the DOF making it stand out so well.Very natural in colour and light.Well done and Seasons Greetings.
Regards, David

Hi Horia

Very impressive spider!! very good Macro from you again!!

Happy festivities for the end of 2006 ;)


Hola Horia,
La imagen es espectacular por la composición, la nitidez y el fondo, enhorabuena. Mis mejores deseos para el año 2007. Un cordial saludo

Hi Horia,
A very fine macro shot on this spider! Sorry I can't help with the ID, but it appears some others know it well. He does look like he has some traces of snow on his back with that textured White coloring. Nice sharp detail and a perfect OOF backround. Well done on the exposure.

Happy New Year,

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-12-30 18:52]

Horia, this is really great.

Excellent sharpness, composition, colors, saturation and pov.

Great note, great job all around.

Hi Horia,
What a beautiful photo. Such great details in the spider and taken on such a great moment, just when the spider was at this thorn. Excellent work on the lighting and the DOF.

:) tomorrow

Hello Horia,
Lovely shot! It's one of my fav spiders. They have amazing variety of colours. I have some shots of such dark browns too.
Anyway, the picture is great. I like the portrait framing very much. The spike and clear BG add a lot too.

Happy New Year!!!

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-31 14:52]

Hi Horia.
Excellent close-up.Beautiful details and colours.Very nice composition and angle look.I like that thorn in the middle.Perfect blurry background too.Great work!TFS
Best wishes and very much successful next year 2007.
Best regards Milos

Hi Horia,
Sharp and very neat image.
Very nicely composed picture and well framed.
Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

Lovely capture, not only the subject and perch are very nice, but this time I think the colourful gradients in the BG makes it.
Great composition and big frame which works very well this time. Very nice shapness and colours. wish you a prosperous 2007, MF. Regards, Felipe.

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-01-02 11:42]

Hola Horia:
Gran tiro! Muy buena composiciòn, con una adecuada iluminaciòn, profundidad y encuadre, tambièn tiene muy lindos colores. ¡Felicitaciones y buen 2007!

Nice shot of this new spider for me!
Excellent details and note.
(points later)

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-01-02 16:36]

Hello Horia !
I had very similar spiders in my garden this summer, I am realy afraid of them in real but I like to see them on pictures ! :-) This shot is particularly beautiful, with excellent details, wonderful colors and composition, and such a smooth blurry BG. I also like the spike, looks huge and threatening, just like the spider ! :-) Very well done !

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-01-03 19:51]

Hello Horia,
What a great macro you've done of this spider. Colors, details and composition are just great.

Hi Horia,
Wonderful close up capture here.
Nice point of view,sharpness and details.
Blurry BG is marvellous.

A crisp and a superb shot of this spider, i liked the details that you have managed to capture on the body of this beauty.
There are no nits to speak of
Goutham R

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-07 10:31]

Hello Horia,
this is a fabulous shot, the details and sharpness are amazing. Very well composed with the horizontal line and a very nice neutral BG.

Hello Horia,
Fantastic to see this spider pose with a sharp thorn. All settings are on the spot. Very well done and seen picture.

Hi dear Horia ,
excellent macro.
very nice sharpness and colors.
well composition.
well done.
thanks for sharing

This is a very striking photo Horia.
Excellent DOF and POF. The spider is in perfect focus and I like that the thorn gives some indication of size.
Really like this!


This is a very strong compo. That and the fact that I just love spiders makes it special. Very well done.

Hi Horia.

Excellent shot, good copmosition, great atmosphere. Very well done. tfs. Stev

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