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Defence posture

Defence posture
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-05
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Photos for my website [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-18 1:16
Viewed: 3872
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the ominous defence posture of the Garden Spider.
This was a particularly large specimin with unusual orange colouring.

Latin name: Araneus diadematus

Size: Females up to 13mms, males up to 8mms.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Months seen: June to October.

Habitat: Found in hedgerows, woodlands and gardens.

Food: Mostly flying insects.

Special features: Seen mostly in September and October, when the females sit, upside-down in the centre of their large, circular webs in trees and hedges.

The Garden spider is sometimes called the Cross spider because of the white '+' shaped marking on its abdomen.

The young spiderlings look very different, with their yellow bodies and triangular brown abdomen patch.

The newly emerged spiderlings remain grouped together in a ball. The slightest disturbance sends them running in all directions.

If you can't see the spider in the centre of the web, it is probably hiding under a leaf at the edge of the web, waiting for a victim to drop in. You can encourage the spider out by tickling the strands of the web with a blade of grass. The spider will think it is a trapped fly, and come racing out.

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Hi Joe,
A well seen capture of this garden spider. Nice closeup with very good details, composition and colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ooh look ... you've made him cross now!
Interesting composition with good focus where it counts.
Nice contrast of green and orange.
Well done Joe.

Hi Joey,
A fine macro showing great detail. I feel as if it could crawl out of the sceen an onto my desk. Great color. Well captured.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-18 2:46]

Hello Joe,
That is an unusually bright orange spider you've caught here. Good focus on the eyes and I like its defence pose. It looks good on that fern. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Nice image, Joe.
Well composed. Beautiful monster, you photographed here:-).
Good POV and light..

If it were much larger it were be a UFO:-) You give much color, character and focus on a small but scary little arachnid. This is a nice camera you are working with. It does service to the eye! Much appreciated, your time and your thoughts..

Cheerful Regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-18 4:32]

Hi Joe. great close up shot of the Orange spider. not one i have seen. good detail and a nice POV/DOF. Bright colours. well done TFS. good notes too.

hello Joe

sugestive capture. great DOF and dynamic composition.

Cheers, Petru

Great close-up!!! Wonderful details!!! Amazing creatures, aren't they?

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-18 6:19]

Hello Joe,
Fine capture of a Garden Cross Spider taken from an interesting POV. Excellent sharpness and detail of the fron part and set in a pleasing composition with the fern leaf.
Well done and TFS,

Hi Joey,
A very effective POV!
I like the way you managed yourself to follow the insect's path, through the leaves, to get this shoot.
Despite the narrow DOF, you got crisp details on the insect's head, and the defocused surrounding adds interestingness to the overall image.
Well done and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

hello joe, fine post, the spider has been capture with a nice pov, sharp image, liked the effect of light,
tfs & regards

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-18 7:56]

the next time I get this close to a spider, I will try to remember that he is defending, not attacking :)
Great macro with superb details and colours

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-18 8:13]

Hi Joe,

Wonderful macro of this spider. That is quite a position he is in. Shows off well on the green leaves.


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-08-18 11:26]

selam , excellent shot and very good composition nice pov and bg with splendid colours.good details presented
Well done !
Regards ridvan

Hi Joe,

A nice close-up photo of the spider, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-18 13:10]

Hi Joe,
Just marking this post and will be back with a proper critique later.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-18 23:18]

Hi Joe

Great focus and contrasting colour - the spider stands out well from the bracken/fern. I also like the way you have caught the light shining through the spider's body.


Hi Joe,
Good macro with great details. Those eyes are very clear and easy to see. I like the pov and low profile crop of the photo.

Very nice spider image Joe.
Love the defending pose with two of it's legs raised.
Wonderful details and color contrast between the orange tones of the spider and the greens of the leaf.
Excellent sharpness and composition.
Verry well done.
Thanks for sharing and the excellent note.
Best wishes,

This is an impressive picture Joey by its proximity, clarity and composition. This is a good choice of DOF that bring out the important details on the spider's face and front legs. Well seen!

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