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The wait

The wait
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Copyright: Andy Brook (AndyB) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-05
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM, Hoya 52mm HMC Skylight 1B
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-05 9:16
Viewed: 4915
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I've lost my notes on this but I'll go by memory for now and update later!
This tiny Crab spider was lying in wait of prey in the centre of this flower in our garden.They are very small 3-9 mm and sometimes difficult to spot as they can change colour according to the flower in which they are hiding.The males are smaller than the females (3-6 mm) and usually darker in colour.
They arent frightened of taking on larger prey such as bees or butterflies and it isnt unknown for them to be still holding on to the victim as it flies away.The flight doesnt last long however as its venom takes hold quickly.
Thanks for looking,have a great week.

soccer, jchemas, dew77, aido, Fisher, ramthakur, TAZ, wallhalla15, scottevers7, thistle, marhowie, firelord, eruyanik, RII, jeanpaul, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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Great composition, POV, Sharpness & DOF. TFS,

This is an excellent macro Andy.
Great colors and details with excellenr POV and BG.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-05 10:08]

Hello Andy,
Excellent close up.I liked POV,details,sharpness,framing and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

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  • DOBIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
  • [2006-06-05 10:25]

Hi Andy,
perfect sharpness of great details, you made interesting photo.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-05 10:28]

Hi Andy,
Excellent macro shot! Excellent detail, flash control is absolutely perfect, no traces of glare at all. Wonderful soft colours but I think what stands out is that you've made this tiny thing look like quite a fearsome beast!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-06-05 10:34]

Hi Andy,

Well done on this capture and composition. Nice details.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-05 11:10]

Hi Andy,
Perfect macro! Color and textures are the best possible, specially the white leaves. Pose and composition are very good too. TFS, José M.

Magnificent macro of such a small spider, Andy.
You have got the face in perfect focus and rest of the details are also very sharp and clear.
Great job!

hi Andy , this is a very good shot and excellent POV

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-05 12:54]

What an impressive spider that you have well captured ! Composition is nice. Whites are well exposed. Sharpness is good...
Congratulations Andy and thanks for sharing.

Hello Andy,
this is a very fine macro shot. Great sharpness, details and good tones of colours. Great POV and composition too. A great capture, very well done. Thank you for posting.

Nice sharp image.
Having a fear against spiders i couldnt get this close.

Hi Andy,
This is a super macro shot. Amazing and intricate detail that you have captured in this crab spider. Great job on the white flower! Excellent work here.

Hello Andy,
Superb shot! I like the POV a lot, along with shalow DOF it helps to show the head and "catching legs" well. The details are great too, every hair is well visible.
I like it a lot!

Hi Andy,
Classic pose, really like this POV.
Excellent exposure, DOF, color, framing, and composed nicely...Sharp detail as well.
Very well done mf!

Hi Andy,
great macro in this white flower.
Nice colors and details.

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-06-06 16:49]

Hi Andy,

Great composition.
Excellent focus on the eyes.
Details, colors are very good.
Well done!

TFS :-)

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-06-07 18:38]

excellent macro-shot, andy! :-)
nice close-up, i really like the hairy legs
and its eyes staring right at you - what was
that with the larger prey?! *g*
funny, i thought crab spider adjusted their color
according to the background, maybe it has just
got there.
well seen & captured, thor.

Hello Andy!
Great shot indeed! Very interesting pose shows their typical hunting position. I like it's diagonal pose! Amazing lighting with the flash! Great details on the face! I like it a lot! btw, great note too, it's really interesting idea if it flies with the prey :-) Congratulations and thank you!

You know me.. like them spiders. :) It is avery difficult subject you chose. Even at f13 the DOF is still limited. It does show nice facial details though. Very well done Andy.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-06-10 3:28]

Hi Andy.
Excellent macro, magnific composition and point of view, very nice colors with fine details,very nice capture.


Bonjour Andy
Félicitation pour cette grande prise de vue avec ce beau macro, c'est une belle présentation.
Les couleurs ,les détails et la composition ainsi que le BG tout est parfait.
Merci et au revoir....JP

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-29 5:45]

Hi Andy.
At this wonderful picture I love the extremely sharp "face" of this cute spider and fantastic reproduction details and colour tones of the petals. It is very delicate and exact work. I would have a temptation to increase DOF. But, possibly, charm of this work would disappears. Great skilful job. Bravo.

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