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Wasp Spider 1st in Nottinghamshire

Wasp Spider 1st in Nottinghamshire
Photo Information
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: 2006-09-15
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro (SOLD), Digital ISO 320
Exposure: f/8, 1/180 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-09-15 18:52
Viewed: 17424
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Now I know this is not the best quality image of this spider to be posted to TN, but please forgive this because this is the 1st time I have ever seen this spider known as (Argiope bruennichi) also called the Wasp Spider because of its yellow and black stipes . Acording to my books and the web this is a spider found on the contienent and was confinded to a few localities on the extreme south coast of the UK, though a few sites talked about it now starting to become more widely distributed in the UK. the furthest north I as able to trace a record of was in cambridgeshire and we are quiet a bit further north from there so I have emailed our county recorder with this sighting.
Not only is the spider it's self highly reconisable in its white black and yellow outfit but the orb web has 2 additional flat pannels added in a zigzag pattern vertically down the middle of the web , though nobody is quiet sure it's function though it does help to make id's a lot easier.
Why is the picture not the best quality, well the spider span it's web across one of the potting shed windows which open outwards so they could not be opened of cleaned enough with-out disturbing thw spider. so you will see light splodges across the web which is dirt smears on the glass not on the CCD.
Again converted from RAW to Tiff with Raw Shooter
Edited with PS (CS)
sharpened with USM
Hope you in joy veiwing the subject AS I felt .
Thanks for looking yours Robert

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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2006-09-15 19:56]

Hi Robbert, Sometime tn lost is way, by only critique the better image. You shot is great, and this spider is very beautyfull. I appricat this type a image. Well done

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2006-09-15 20:30]

Hi Robert
The photo is very good ... the light in the spider is great and we can see every little detail i it.
Good DOF, POV and composition.
well done.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-09-16 4:57]

Hi Rob,

This is beautiful! I like the colors of the spider and the transparancy of the capture is great. Compositions like this always show the greatness of nature.


Hi Rob,
Nice close-up on this wasp spider. Sharp and clearly seen. Well exposed and composed. So this is a member of Argiope fo England. Very well done and TFS.

Hi Robert,
it's a wonderful and impressive shot.
Beautiful colours and I like to see the spider against the blue sky.
Last week I saw my first wasp-spider - in Italy. But very near at the ground, I couldn't captured it so phantastic than you did, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Robert,
beautiful documentary shot of that rare, spectacular spider and its very unusual orb web. Well composed, pleasant soft colours, and a well fitting, very reduced distant landscape background. The amazing details of that unique kind of zig zag patterned web are very well presented here in natural light.
The obvious contamination caused by a window in between is well explained in your notes. I think it is better to take the chance as it is to get a documentary shot of a rare spider without disturbing it than not doing the shot and/or disturbing the spider. And instead of investing much time in some tricky postwork cleaning of a shot it is better to spend the time being outdoors watching nature.
Thank you! Best regards,

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  • sebcz (6)
  • [2006-10-01 15:11]

Superb creature! I admire the quality and composition. That web knots going down the frame are particularly nice:)

salut Robert,
un superbe spécimen ici, la composition est très efficace. Jolies couleurs. Le tout peut être un peu mieux mis en valeur avec un petite travail en pp (WS).


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