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Copyright: Julia Hollis (Runnerduck) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 57 N: 616] (1851)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-17
Categories: Spiders
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S5500
Exposure: f/3.2, 30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pisauridaes (Nurseryweb spiders). [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-17 12:29
Viewed: 4313
Points: 30
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Pisaura mirabilis – Nursery Web Spider
(I hope I have ID'd this spider correctly)

Please don’t slate me for this image; it’s my first decent macro shot of a ‘mini-beast’.
I found him in our front garden on a lavender bush. He was quite happy for me to run backwards and forwards, to move bits of lavender out of the way and to generally make a fuss whilst he was happily resting. At one point I was convinced he was dead!
After I was happy with my lot I gently tapped one of his legs and never saw him again.
He was approx 12-15mm in this position.

Pisaurids are medium to very large arboreal, terrestrial or water associated spiders, ranging from 8 to 30 mm. The carapace is longer than wide with the elongated abdomen tapering posteriorly. The legs are relatively long and slender and depending on the genus, are held forward and backward or latrigrade. The integument is normally coloured in various shades of brown with lateral creamish bands on the carapace that may extend along the abdomen. On some, the abdomen may be marked with spots or have a folium (leaf-like marking). Others may have a lightish (brown, grey or cream) median band running dorsally along both its carapace and abdomen.

The males spiders take on a big risk when attempting to mate with a female.
Sometimes after mating the female will eat the male. To prevent this from happening the male presents the female with a gift, usually a dead fly. It is hoped that by satisfying her hunger before mating he will not become her next meal.

The female carries her eggs in a ball shaped, pea-sized sack with her. When the babies hatch she puts them in a silk tent to protect them.

~Happy Birthday Mummy~

Thanks for taking the time to look.

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Ooh, scary little fellow!

Very nice shot!

I'd need a good zoom for that one, wouldn't want to come closer than 2 meters ;o)

The in camera macro is o.k. but if you can find a contraption like I'm doing, the "pits" you see in the image by in post pro zooming will be obsolete.
Ranox make macro lenses for the Fuji, I believe they are available in the U.K.
This is an excelent composition and well exposed, as I said, a pity for the grain/pits from post pro zoom.
Excelent work.


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-17 14:29]
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Hi Julia, yep you've got the ID spot on. It's a good shot and it's a good pose. These spiders get into all kinds of funny poses with their legs. They are quite small at the moment but come July August they get pretty big - trouble is they get very drab looking. The new hatchlings in Autumn and early spring look the best. Most of that noise could be removed by using a noise filter such as Neat Image (the basic version is free) or there is a noise filter in PS Elements 3.0. Good work. Birthday wishes to your mum :-)I bet she's over the moon with this present :-0.

Halo Juloa!
Great shot of this many-legs spider ;-))))

It is a really ...great shot of a "mini-beast", Julia. One I hope I won't remember when I am trying to fall asleep later.
Good composition and it was kind of the fellow to hang around until you had your fill. Well done, and TFS.

Very good macro Julia.
Good composition and well exposure. Some noise in the BG but it's not disturbing.
Well done.

Hi Julia! Overall a nice shot..I like the diagonal compostion and you've succeeded on getting most of the spiders legs in. Catchy title. I like it. TFS

This is great for a first macro shot!

Remember that for macro work one needs the smallest aperture setting to get the most DOF. F3.2 is a large aperture setting and brought about by your camera choosing to shoot at ISO 64. I am not sure of your cameras limitations but normally ISO 64 and macro work don't mix nicely. :) If you chose ISO 200 you would have had more than two extra stops. The other factor is movement. The slow shutter speed also brought on by ISO 64 picks up movement very easily. If not on a tripod and using a remote or timed shutter the movement will be to much to get a really sharp photo. I hope it helps to get you to post you second macro shot soon. :)

Well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-18 8:55]
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Superb macro Julia.DOF,details and BG are wonderful.
I liked also the composition very much.TFS...:)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-18 12:43]
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Hello Julia! What a nice shot! This is a scary looking creep. :) Good details, nice POV & DOF! Well done & TFS!

Well captured Julia,
He's having an early morning stretch!
Good composition, and the exposure is spot on.
Thanks for posting.

Hope your Mum had a good B'day

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-18 19:25]
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This is a very good close-up Julia. The DOF is very good and the image is well exposed. I love your note.

Very well done and thanks for posting

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-20 4:28]
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Belle et intéressante macro pour cette superbe araignée toute en longueur. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Well Done !!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-24 3:58]
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Five words: excellent!
Thank you!

Nice capture Julia, the lavander leaf gives a good scence of scale . others before me have made the relevent comments on the quality, the only thing I will add is that i find in macro that I use no zoom and move the camera closer if possble to get the image, a case of slow and steady works best.
very good notes.

A very scary looking spider - perhaps he just looks bigger than he is? Excellent detail and a nice diagonal composition.

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