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Golden Orb Web Spider

Golden Orb Web Spider
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Norfolk Island Holiday
Date Submitted: 2007-10-31 20:47
Viewed: 4874
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Golden Orb Web Spider
Nephila maculata
Giant Wood Spider

Main features:
Large (female only) shiny legs with red or yellow 'joints', builds large orb webs.

Female: 20cm across from toe to toe, with a body about 3-5cm; males are only one-tenth as big, at 5-6mm.

World distribution: Tropical areas from Africa, India, China, Japan across Southeast Asia to Northern Australia and the South Pacific islands.

Classification: Family Araneidae which build orb-webs. Nephila maculata is the largest of its genus.

The web of the Golden Orb Web Spider can run from the top of a tree 6m high and up to 2m wide. Unlike other spider webs, its web is not dismantled often and can last several years.

Seen at Norfolk Island when we were there on holiday in September.

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Superb! great colour, angle and I like the cropped to this. Very well put together.
Nice one Janice...

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-31 23:16]

Hi Janice

Good POV with great detail and colour.


Hello Janice,
this is a great spider shot. I like it very much. Great POV, framing and sharpness too. Very nice bg and a great composition. Thank you my friend.

Hello Janice
Very nice shot of this intersting Spider,
Perfect composition,details and DOF,
Fantastic colors and POV,Welldone.


Hello Janice

This shot has a very striking composition! Wonderful detail of the spider! It has a very menacing appearance!
Interesting notes!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Janice,

Very nice capture. Excellent POV.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Janice,
This is a magnificent macro!
I like very much the POV and proper focus got on the spider.
Details got are so clear and sharp, and the pose looks very appealing.
I like also the vertical composition made, the colorful defocused background and the "plane" formed by the spider.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hello Janice.
Splendid shot! Wonderful spider!
Very well composed, super original.
Very good colors and excellent POV.
Shot rich in details.
Best regards,
Josť Roberto

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-01 8:20]

Hello Janice,
An awesome capture of a Golden Orb Web Spider from a great POV showing fine details with excellent sharpness. Superb diagonal composition of the web against a pleasing natural green bokeh.
Well done and TFS!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-01 15:45]

Yipes! With legs like that I am staying well clear! That thing probably moves faster than stink!
Superb details

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-01 16:44]

perfect sharpness and details for a great pic,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-11-02 4:18]

Bonjour Janice,
Superb close-up for this impressive spider... Very good point of view.
The "+++" : composition, subject, pose, POV, sharpness, DOF, colors, exposure, very useful complementary note...
The "-" : nothing...
Bravo my dear friend and thanks for sharing,
PS : funny your new portrait in your profile page ;-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-02 7:21]

Hi Janice,
Impressive shot of this long-legged spider. Excellent sharpness andbeutiful bright colours. I like the diagonal composition and the soft background.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-11-03 12:29]

Dear Janice,
excellent, this spider portrait. Absolutely exceptional is the perspective on the orb! What a wonderful composition. Thanks for presenting this spider we might never see ourselves and for your note.

What a wonderful choice of perspective, Janice. You show this rare profile view of the spider and the airy, sticky feel of the web, complete with nice control of the depth of field to add to the somewhat ethereal feeling. Great colors, too. Topped off with an informative note. Nice!

A different,but very good POV that shows this spider beatifully.
Nice colour and details too.
Good work.

Great slant on things here Janice, the vertical framing works very well. Nice color, detail, BG, and the web view is fantastic :)
I see on your profile page your in a box..and cubed..cute ;}
Well done.

Hi Janice,
excellent point of view! Wonderful rich colours. Very clear. A unique approach on that giant spider.
Thank you! My best regards,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-12-02 3:48]
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Hello Janice!

Wow! A spider! Looks rather dangerous :-) I like POV and composition with spider at its home. Very good details and colours. Slightly diagonal composition works very well. Excellent [and brave] job my friend :-)

Hi Janice,
Wow! This is a really nice close-up of this arachnid, you filled the frame in nicely with the subject and I really enjoy the perspective o this one a lot. Happy Holidays! :)

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-17 0:34]

Hello Janice,
great shot! I like this POV, fantastic work
colors and details are beautiful
regards, Dejan

Nice shot, specially the leg parts! The unusual angle of view has made the picture interesting, and also emphasized on the creepy nature of the long legs. Great work. Thanks for sharing.

Witaj Janice.
Brrrr....this spider is terrific!!!
Very good POV with great detail and colour.
TFS and best regards

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