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Araniella cucurbitina

Araniella cucurbitina
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-21
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-02 0:51
Viewed: 2779
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
TN excursion:

A 6 mm female cucumber spider (Aranea; Araneidae; Araniella cucurbitina; Kürbisspinne) is sitting on an Oxeye daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare. It is an orb-weaver spider, building its net right inside the flower.

Anne (anel) pointed out this spider in her yard to me. The problem was to photograph it with the white background. Our techniques differ in that I use a dual flash. To avoid overexposure I held one of the flashes sidewise.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-07-02 0:52]

Hi Dietrich,
Beautiful close up.POV,exposure,clarity,details and composition are perfect.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

Hi Dieter!

You became a master of the technique with the dual flash! The white colour is perfectly exposed, all the details in the petals are visible, and the dark tones are not underexposed. Well done!

Another beautiful and interesting result of our excursion.

Kind regards


nice photograph

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-02 1:17]

Hello Dietrich!

This is one of most beautifull [or even most beautifull] of our spiders. Excellent details, textures and colours. Very nice composition with big [for spider] flower. Interesting technique that works very well.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-07-02 1:56]

Hi Dietrich,
very good image with perfect exposure and composition. i see the spider not sitting on the daisy but showing its bottom or hanging upside down to its web. good many details of the spider. good capture using your flash tech. tfs.

Hola Dietrich,
Preciosa composición con gran nitidez, magníficos detalles de la telaraña sobre la flor y de esta pequeñisima araña, muy bien resuelto el tema de la luz, bastante complicada con los blancos de los pétalos. Un cordial saludo
José Ramón

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-07-02 4:54]

Lieber Dieter,
Da ist sie also die Kürbisspinne. Du konntest mit Deinem Ringblitz noch ein schönes scharfes Bild herzaubern, mir hatte das natürliche Licht nicht mehr für ein Bild gelangt. Interessant auch das Netz zu sehen ;die farbige Spinne wendet uns den unteren Teil des Körpers zu, was ich damals gar nicht gesehen hatte.
Einen herzlichen Dank

Hi Dietrich

What a crazy spider, perhaps he';; catch an insect attracted to the flower??
Good shot, you did well to avoid over-exposing the white petals.
Good collours, sharpness and DOF.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-07-02 5:27]

Hello Dietrich, great close-up shot of a cucumber spider. TFS.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-07-03 2:30]

Hello Dietrich,
Beautiful small spider o the flower. Good composition and sharpness.
Regards, Pawel

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