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Hanging Around

Hanging Around
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-16
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro (SOLD), Digital ISO 320
Exposure: f/11, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-16 17:39
Viewed: 3981
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well Autumn must be just around the corner, the female Garden Cross Spiders (Araneus diadematus) are hanging out their webs across any likely space to catch the unwary insect flying around, so it can bulk up enough to lay and guard up-to 800 eggs in the late Autumn, by then she will be probably twice to 3 times the size she is here at present she is about 2cm across her legs. Why do i know it is a she, well the male garden cross spider does not spin a web but hangs around nearby and grabs the odd meal off her web. He is only a 1/4 of her size, he does not need to be because all he needs to do is supply the sperm to fertilise her eggs which take up very little room. She on the other hand has to produce up-to 800 large eggs complete with internal food supply to see them through to the warmer weather in the late spring.
Hopefully you will see the growth in further images as she has chosen one of my poly tunnels at work to set up home in, helping to keep my plants pest free.
Hope you like her even if you are not Keene on arachnids.
Image opened in Photoshop CS
crop to size
clone out dust bunny
Sharpen with USM and fade back in luminosity
Save with SAVE AS, mybe I should of used save to web for this image ;0))) but I still wanted to share the Exif file containing the shooting data with you which is lost if you use Save to Web.
Thank you for looking yours Robert

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Well everyting important is there on the focal plane, nice soft background. Very nice ambient lighting with great detail. Excellent capture Rob. :)

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-16 18:55]

Hi Rob,
It looks like you have that D200 and Sigma 105 firmly under control now. Excellent shot, great focus and detail, exposure also. Fantastic result for such a slow shutter speed. DOF is on the mark, a great shot.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-08-16 20:23]

Bonjour Robert!

Bravo pour cette belle macro,les détails sont parfaits.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-08-17 2:26]

Hi Robert!
Autumn... how sad. Few days ago Spring came and your post remaind me about Winter... But so far we've got heat in Poland. Heat and plague of spiders. Like your. Perfect macro with every piece of spiders body and web very clear and well visible. Classic composition, very nice colours and excellent note.

Nice one, Robert!
Good details on you spider & web.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-17 4:08]

Hi Robert

Very nice capture! She really looks to be posing to you :)
Excellent POV, very nice sharp details, good light and colors. Also great are the DOF, BG and composition.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Rob,
Great shot. Technically excellent with great comp, exposure and sharpness. Looks like you are climbing well up the D200 learning curve now.

Hi Rob,

Excellent shot and well done on the composition.


Hello Robert,
Excellent picture on this Garden Cross Spider. Sharp and clearly seen image. Composition and pov are great. Very well done.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-17 14:21]

Coincido con Aido sobre el excelente DOF Robert con una clásica pero efectiva composición.
Los colores y los detalles, tanto de la araña como de su tela, son muy buenos asi como el simétrico encuadre.
Saludos cordiales... Ricardo

I coincide with Aido about an excellent DOF Robert with one classic but effective composition.
The colors and the details, so much of the spider as of its web, they are very good as well as the symmetrical framing. Cordial greetings... Ricardo

There is many of those pics on TN but this one has something more. It is amazing to look at the tension in the web at each at the leg tips. Very great DOF: spider entirely sharp and background totally defocused. Well done.

Great macro shot Robert. Great sharpness, details, clarity and nice DOF. Great colours and composition too. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Robert,
this is a very good shot with good details and DOF.
Agree with Adrian, it's seems that you have been good friend with your equipment.
Well composed,good POV and nice colours.
Very well done.

Good shot! You've captured this spider well, I particularly like the background seperation you've achieved here. About the only thing I'd suggest is a little high radius USM to give it a bit more punch - try 45%, 250px, 0 and see what you think. I agree with the others though, you're definitely getting to grips with your D200 now - well done :D

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