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Dangerous Liason

Dangerous Liason
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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: 2004-09-06
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/90 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-11-11 4:33
Viewed: 4301
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Araneus diadematus

This very cautious male made many quick approaches to the much larger female.
If she did not welcome his advances there was every chance he would be lunch.
I don’t think she was in the mood because he eventually gave up.

The female of this species can be very large 6.5 to 20 mm,whereas the male is much smaller at 5.5 to 13 mm.
This particular female was large and very near to 20 mm in size.It is the same female that I pictured a while back with a captured hoverfly.
Females can build webs that are up to 3 feet in diameter.
This species rebuilds its web every day so that the capture of its prey is more certain.The amino acid composition of the spider silk is a highly unusual protein.Before building a new web the spider eats its old web,thus conserving the silk proteins of the spider web.

There was quite a bit of noise in this shot and I wasn't sure wether to post it or not....anyway here it is!
I used Neatimage on the noise.
A little USM sharpening.

RAP, TAZ, ellis49, red45, gerhardt, marhowie, Fisher, PDP, ljsugarnspice, mogens-j, Luc, willie, NitzanCK, nofer, peco85 has marked this note useful
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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-11 4:50]
  • [3]

Wow... me recuerda la diferencia de altura entre mi esposa y yo Andy... mide 13 cm. más y parezco como este pequeño macho al lado de ella.... jejeje.
Excelente, realmente. Buena agudeza con excelente POV y DOF (tal vez un F4 hubiera resultado mas beneficioso... o eso creo).
Bien hecho y gracias por compartirla con nosotros.

Wow... I remember to me the height difference between my wife and me Andy... measures 13 cm. more and I seem like this small male next to her.... jejeje.
Excellent, really. Good sharpness with excellent POV and DOF (perhaps a F4 had been more beneficial... or that I believe).
Well done and thanks for sharing.

Very good Andy.
This is a piece of real nature.
It's best for him to have a gift if he not will the lunch.
Very good composition and sharpness.
Great note.
Excellent work

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-11-11 4:53]
  • [2]

Belle photo pour ce moment d'intimité animale ! Il est intéressant de constater ici la diférence de taille entre le mâle et la femmelle...
Well done !

Wow, great shot perfect details.
Well done

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-11 5:12]
  • [2]

I'm in luck that I'm not a spider :-) Very good action-shot. I like details on spider's legs.

You know me by know... this is the stuff i like. Wonderfull action shot. Very fitting title. If you had light you should use a smaller aperture f4 as Ricardo said would have had all the legs in the DOF. Great shot.

Andy, Great caption & moment captured! I think your image has suffered a bit from use of F/2.8 though. Overall a great shot with these two spiders in the same frame. Thanx for posting!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2004-11-11 12:02]
  • [2]

Lay aside the tech., what a mommnent captured. I like the drama scene, suspense.
Well done


Andy, although the NI gave it the usual glossy effect, the shot works very well. With that parameters I realize you had very little light, so I think you did very well considering the circumstances. Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-11 16:06]
  • [2]

Maybe it's out of view but it appears that he has already lost a leg. Women can cost you an arm and a leg for sure ;-). I'm disapointed that he gave up, I can't have been love!

Good shot Andy, a rare touching moment in the love life of spiders.

Very good capture of this proposal Andy. The colours are great as well as the cropping/composition. Only nit - it would have been nice with a higher aperture making a better dof but you cannot get it all every time ;-).

It is true about the risk the male takes when he is courting. Actually I had the luck to get some shots of such fatal situation some time ago which you can see here. This little guy didn't get away.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-11 22:43]
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One thing this male should not do is mention her size - then he will find out why she is so big - eating all the males before him that mentioned her size.

You have mentioned the noise, so I wont go there. The DOF at 2.8 seems smaller than the size of the female, but this is an excellent moment you caught here.

Glad you decided to post it.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-12 1:48]
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The name says it all. The detail is amazing. This is straight into my favourites. Very well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-11-12 10:10]

A great two in one picture, Andy. Sharpness and DOF at its best.
Like Ricardo said: "(perhaps a F4 had been more beneficial... or that I believe)."
Great post anyway.

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  • ydavid Silver Star Critiquer [C: 33 W: 0 N: 6] (76)
  • [2004-11-13 10:32]
  • [2]

This shot reminds me of acrobats in the circus. Very nice shot with great DOF.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-11-15 12:48]

Superb shot. I like the behaviour illustration.
Great DOF and sharpness.
Well done.

Excellent catch Andy.
Great composition and details, very good POV.
Nature is beautiful, good work Andy! TFS!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-17 0:15]

Andy, a great title. Maybe, because I do enjoy the book by Choderlos de Laclos.

Excellent composition and great blurred bg.


hello:) one day I will do photo like this one:)I hope so:) really beauty one



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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-06-23 15:31]

Bardzo fajne zdjêcie, doskonale wysz³o. Kadr i ostro¶æ super.

Hello Andy!

what a fantastic closeup from a bugs life:) Really good composition and I like the focus. The DOF is good. Thank you for sharing!


Brilliant colors. Very good composition. Nice scene. I do smell the danger.

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