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Copyright: Cora Malinak (ayobami) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 22] (167)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-17
Categories: Insects, Spiders
Camera: Canon 20D, 18-55mm/f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Dew Drops on Spider Web, posts with a difference, Trentaure at its Best [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-08 11:26
Viewed: 17337
Favorites: 15 [view]
Points: 164
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
"The means to gain happiness is to throw out from oneself like a spider in all directions an adhesive web of love, and to catch in it all that comes" ~Leo Tolstoy

On the rare morning of fog or dew, I come across these gorgeous masterpieces as I walk in the country with my dog. They seem to be everywhere, but to capture them in their essence is a true challenge - this is the first of many experimentations with webs of dew, hence the slight out of focus nature in parts despite my best efforts at sharpening it in photoshop(also in part I think due to the lack of lens power I have for macro shots). I hope that in the process of learning how to capture these marvelous creations of nature, I don't ever come across that which made it. :-)

Any advice or suggestions are certainly welcome!

Jan 27 - posted a new web photo but this time instead of dew it's coated in frost

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bonjour cora
c'est une superbe photo, j'aime beaucoup.

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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2005-11-08 11:52]

Awe inspiring shot!! Enough Said! LOVELY.

P.S. Great title and comment.

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2005-11-08 12:03]

Cora, something like that can do only nature. Wonderful picture, so quality and cleare. BRAVO :-))

Lovely shot Cora,
Great title and image.
I did a workshop to enhance the colour and give the beads more of a sparkle.
Thanks for posting, have a good week.

Hi Cora, very nice and interesting pfoto. Congratulations Aga

Beautiful pattern and beautiful picture, with the raindrops in the spider's web!

Thios is a very nice idea.
DOF is in the outer parts of the picture not so perfect,
but it makes a good effect at all.

I like it!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-11-09 3:16]

A beautiful and unique shot, Cora.
I like it very much. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-11-09 11:36]

Excellent shot of dew drops. Nice and sharp focus. Looks like a pearl necklace made by nature itself.

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  • DLM Silver Star Critiquer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 2] (124)
  • [2005-11-13 7:32]

Hi Cora Great image which is matched by your wonderful notes.
Well done,

Hi Cora!
Excellent Photo!
I don´t have words to describe it!It´s amazing!
Good Work and keep sharing!

Regards, Maria

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  • LegaL Silver Star Critiquer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 0] (301)
  • [2005-12-01 0:24]

i could not find enough good words. Great shot

Hi Cora,
This is a fantastic subject,very good shot

This is amazing. Sorry, no advice to give on this.

splendide perles d'eau sur soie .... bravo pour ce très bon cliché

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2006-01-18 6:05]

C'est simple te c'est beau......

Fantastic this effect!
The photo is perfecty at focus!
Bye Tom

Gorgeous! Like a complicated necklace. The background is perfectly complementary to the foreground. Congratulations.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-02-04 14:35]

I will use this photo to demostrate how water tends to minimize surface when in contact with materials like silk.
Aestheticaly great!

Hi Cora, this is a great shot. The raindrops resemble pearls.tfs

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-03-13 6:37]

Hi Cora.
Wonderful picture fantastic subject,very good shot.
Well done TFS.

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  • Vini Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 27] (123)
  • [2006-03-28 8:29]

Fantastic. With your permission, I would like to use it as wallpaper. DOF Excelent. Congratulations

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  • guaro (36)
  • [2006-04-07 9:05]

Excelente detalle
muy buena

What a cool idea. TFS!

Webs always take on a new dimension in early morning dew or rains. Excellent capture.

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  • nitin Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 0 N: 32] (247)
  • [2006-05-30 5:38]

Thats an excellent shot Cora, mesmerizing is the only word i have.
Beautiful arrangements of the drops on the web.


Hello Cora,
One cannot beat the nature's bounty and her jewelery and u have captured it beautifully.


This ia a great shot.


Well Cora...very nice shot...not every day you see something like that...well done...TFS

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2006-08-29 21:18]

Hola Cora: Excelente toma. Las gotas parecen perlas de una luminaria de cristal. Muy buena la iluminaciòn y los colores borrosos del fondo. Una gran idea esta fotografìa.

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  • eleana Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 206 W: 80 N: 75] (2247)
  • [2006-09-18 12:30]

Hi Cora,
just wonderful!
Thanks and best wishes,

Very lovely image, Cora, just like lacework, lovely lighting and detail. Regards, Roy.

Its great!

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-10-02 4:50]

Hi Cora!
Amazing beauty, wonderfull photo!

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-11-16 17:09]

Very beautiful Cora!

Amazing what nature can produce.

Thanks for sharing,


excellent photo.
I love the fact that the focus is not in the center of the frame.
Great job!

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  • ttomas (6)
  • [2006-12-02 16:21]

Cora, Incredible shot! TFS. Tomas

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2006-12-14 1:29]

Great work and good job.

Oh this is so pretty like little glass beads all threaded up. wonderful capture.

Hi Cora,
This is a beautiful shot.
Amazing what nature can produce.
I'm adding it to my "Dew Drops on Spider Web" group theme.

Happy New Year,

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  • Nina (0)
  • [2007-01-18 8:24]

Super work Cora, I know this is not as easy as it looks, I've tried too. :)

Stunning image, Cora. I would love to have one like that in my portfolio. Personally, I find the slightly out of focus edges to add depth and a certain intimacy to picture.

Like you, I too hope never to meet the makers.. I can appreciate the wonder of a web, but am terrified of the creators.

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  • Koala (28)
  • [2007-02-09 5:35]


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  • Charo Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 49 W: 0 N: 39] (456)
  • [2007-03-27 11:30]

Hola Cora
Magnífica captura, gran imagen con un colorido excelente.

Hi Cora, this is a great shot.

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  • shilpa (7)
  • [2007-04-11 0:17]

oh wow is all i can say :P

so wonderfully sharp and beautiful.

Wow Bingoo. Wut a shot. Its realy beautiful. Classic composition.

merhaba cora.

thats very great photo.

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  • briclo (39)
  • [2007-07-19 8:49]

WOW, very nice composition. It is almost magical.
Nice contrasts and clarity.

Hi Cora

Stunning capture of nature, looks like liquid pearls, wonderful sharp detail, excellent DOF


Hello Cora,
Very well composed photo. Nice idea.
Well done.

A very big WOW...

Hi Cora,

Your photo is just brilliant!


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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-11-09 21:00]

Hi Cora. I like this wet web a lot. It is an ideal way to show another marvellous thing in nature. Remarkable effect. TFS. Murray.

This is absolutely beautiful! Great job :]

Not perfectly in focus but
Really spectacular

Best regards

wow this is fabulous, they look like a series of pearl necklaces, I think the focus is quite nice

Hello Cora.

Excellent image, very good details and composition.

Jose Luis.

thats beautifully captured picture

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  • chats (14)
  • [2008-06-17 12:12]

Very opportune shot....its amazing how the drops are in formation..its a superb capture

Hello Cora,
Wonderful photo.Well done.All my best.

Hello Cora
A superb rain curtain! No more words

Hi, Cora,

this is such a wonderful photo!! very beautiful curtain of nature, and equally beautiful background, too. thakns for sharing!!

Man Yee

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  • N_M (16)
  • [2008-07-31 10:09]

Amazing photo Cora, lovely POV and depth.
Would you mind if my mum used it as her blog's display image?
Cheers, Neil.

Thanks for making my morning - splendid shot!

very nice and interesting photo.

Hi Cora,
Very nice photo.
Well done.

A curtain of dew. Wonderful shot. Congrats!

Already well commented, but this is a really great picture. Well composed, well exposed,and good depth of field.

Perfect texture with rare tonal colors and using clever focus stop point.Great details and attemp.Perfect vision seen and well posed.

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  • tariq Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 1 N: 2] (2)
  • [2009-01-30 23:10]

simply spurb

Hello Cora,

Lovely photograph. The sparkle in the dew drops remind me of tiny-miny lights that we light during Diwali (an Indian festival of lights).
The note and the caption are equally good and touchy.



Nice shot with a chain water bubbles.

Anil Pinto

WOW Amazing shot !! Well done.

Very impressive picture! It is sharp and has a nice focus. Mike

Hello Cora

Simply saying, A Mind blowing shot...!!!
The diamond like droplets are so beautiful...!

vipin :-)

Wow..! So beautiful !

I know not much about "photoshopping", but I do know about photography. If you had reduced the speed, you would have achieved a greater depth of field - further, I assume, you pointed the lens upwards - if you pointed the lens more horizontally the greater depth of field would have encompassed also the lower part of the picture.

However - having said all that - I like the picture as it is VERY MUCH:a diamond neck-lace and the viewer's eyes are drawn up to the bigger diamonds...

I like this photo. Great focus and I think the effect of the DOF enhances the shot. The one slightly larger drop draws the eye and acts as a focal point. Well done.

Hi Cora
I've seen lots of spider web shots but this is outstanding...it's going on my favourites.

Very nice your picture! I really enjoyed it!

stunnign picture, perfect how those droplets shine in the sun. I realy love this pic

Beautiful photograph!


Nice caption.. nice picture! Beautiful composition.

Hello Cora,
Excelente photo with a beautiful efects!!! Well done.
Greetings, Joao Edgar

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  • deons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 55] (595)
  • [2012-08-02 23:25]

Lovely shot. All the comments prove that you have done very well. TFS Deon

  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-08-12 15:05]


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  • Selma (2)
  • [2012-09-09 23:25]



It is always fascinating to watch such wonders of nature. Nicely composed with good focus.


WOW CORA so thankful TREK highlighted this photo for us to discover. Curiously wondering if you are still sharing!! HOPE SO!! Time to check out your contributions! Extremely encouraging!

Hi Cora,
This is absolutely beautiful and I call these the jewels of nature. You are so fortunate to get dew in the morning as here in Phalaborwa South Africa dew is very scarce. I can only get this kind of shot after it has rained. I also like the fact that it is not totally in focus is some areas of the image. It just enhances the drops that are in focus. Very well done.

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  • Sizan (40)
  • [2014-06-13 23:36]

Awesome focus, intact web, perfect background!

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