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::Garden Spider::

::Garden Spider::
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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: 2005-07-08
Categories: Spiders
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S5500, Raynox DCR-250
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Garden Spiders [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-08 10:06
Viewed: 4907
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Araneus diadematus

The female Araneus diadematus has a length of 6.5 to 20 mm, whereas the male is 5.5 to 13 mm. The general color ranges from a pale yellow brown to nearly black. The folium is not as distinct in some of the other Aranea species, and it includes a number of white or yellow spots. The largest of the spots are arranged longitudinally near the anterior end. Usually, there is a pair of white spots at right angles to the longitudinal ones, which gives the group the form of a cross. The cross arrangement of the spots is more apparent in the darker varieties, and are caused by guanine cells which shine through the transparent cuticle. The carapace has a median and marginal dark bands. There are four pairs of legs which fan out radially from the connecting carapace and sternum. Each leg has seven segments: a coxa and a trochanter, which are both short; a long femur and a knee like patella; a slender tibia and metatarsus; and finally a tarsus with three claws. The first pair of the front legs are relatively long and used as feelers for probing the environment. Sensory hairs densely cover the distal leg segments. The external sex organs of the male and female can be seen on the ventral view. Both the male and female's genital openings lie inside the epigastric furrow, except that the epigynum is situated in front of the female furrow. The male also contains a bulb of palp used for the storage of sperm

Araneus diadematus Integrates information by the central nervous system and in the visual system of salticids. A spider will adjust its long body axis to be perpendicular to the path of a moving object in order to view the object with the main eyes. Input from the secondary eyes causes the spider to turn without any visual feedback. However, when a moving object is viewed only by the secondary eyes, a spider will not always turn towards it.

This species rebuilds its web every day so that the capture of their prey is more certain. The amino acid composition of the spider silk is a highly unusual protein. Amino acids with short side-chains make up 50-60% of the total fibroin. Before building a new web the spider eats its old web, thus conserving the silk proteins of the spider web.

The web of Araneus diadematus usually has 25-30 radial threads forming regular angles of 12-15 degrees. Webs of young individuals often have many more radii than those of adults.

This one had made its home on my eucalyptus. When the spiderlings were first born they were all over my washing line! Luckily they have now moved to a more stable home. I have counted at least six on the eucalyptus as well as a female Micrommata Virescens.

I think the ‘face’ (?) could have been sharper, but I really like the whole image, especially the BG which is just our brown fence!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-08 10:13]
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Lovely shot Julia, very nice POV and the details are great, maybe a weeny bit soft on the eyes, not bad. Right, you know what question I will ask next....do you have another view? :-) Of the abdomen...please?

Very well done

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-08 10:34]
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Julia, I rarely see spiders, and I like them. Therefore, it's always great when I see them here on TN.

Great composition and pov, nice bg.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-07-08 11:05]
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Hello Julia, very nice close-up. Clear details and beautiful colours. Only nit is the soft focussed eyes like you said, but a very hard position to shoot.
Well done.

Amazing, stunning photo, Julia.
Really sharp and the flash has brought out every hair on it's body.
I like the way some threads are perfectly in focus and others are not, glistening in the light.
Perfect background as well.

LOL! red-eye reduction mode was on! we don't want to see 8 red eyes!!

Hi Julia, this is a very accurate shot for such a small subject, not only in the focus and details, but in the POV and composition. Light is just great. Very goos job you did here. Regards, Felipe.

You've just just missed the focus on the eyes...but amazing everywhere else... and that coming from a confirmed arachnaphobe!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-08 13:46]
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Hiya Julia,

Great shot! He's dancing on wires!! I agree with Paul that the focus on the eyes is a wee bit soft, but other than that: excellent. Especially the POV, pose and composition are good imo. Well done & TFS!

Have a good weekend.


hello:) what a nice garden spider:) really nice compo and exellent POV :) I like this compo becoz of colours, too:)

nice one



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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-07-08 16:44]
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Fantastic close-up photo. Perfect focus, very good composition, razorsharp details and nice colors. TFS

Excellent shot Julia,
Well composed, good detail, colours and sharpness.
Nicely captured, good POV and DOF.
Thanks for posting, have a good weekend.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-08 19:58]
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Hello Julia,
A great capture,I like this a lot!
Excellent composition,great colours and DOF.
Very nice lighting and each tiny eye has a catchlight in it too!
Great work,well done.


Great close-up!
Sharp image, perfect lighting, nice background. Good shot!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-09 3:31]
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Hello Julia!
This is very difficult and wonderful capture.DOF,POV,lighting and composition are perfect.

Wonderful capture Julia, very nice POV and tilt. The colour is very nice as is the details, excellent note. Very good work.

Nice shot Julia, I like the composition, light and colors..It's a pity the eyes are not in..An excellent note. Well done!

Great macro, Julia.
This is very close, good details, nice POV, well composed and good details for this picture, it wasn't easy to get.
A great work.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-07-09 14:58]
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Bonjour Jullia, bravo pour cette macro d'équilibriste !! Tres bon shot et TFS Didier.

Very good capture! Excellent POV and great details. I like your background too. Great work! TFS


Julia, you have definitley taken this spider club seriously! And very good too. Nice and sharp, with excellent colours and details. Well done.

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  • uli (24)
  • [2005-07-10 2:58]
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i am scared of spiders, and this one is pretty scary, you have courage too take that, very good focus and colors

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  • fokusw (8)
  • [2005-07-10 3:53]
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Bye . Cool macro,lighting, amazing sharpness.
Perfect frame.
I greet Czeslaw

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-10 4:38]
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Beautiful and interesting close-up for this superb spider ! She has lovely eyes ;-) Composition, colors are good ! Thanks for sharing Julia.

This is very nice work, Julia. As you said; nice POV and it looks suspended in air. The details of the face seems soft because of the focus point being just behind the head at the start of the abdomen. One can see the DOF being very sharp on the second set of legs. I like this one a lot, very well done.

Fantastic capture Julia. DOF is spot and razorsharp showin every single detail in the front of that spider. The dark background really sets her (I think it is a she) off in a perfect way. The tight cropping and the composition works very good here.

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  • DLM Silver Star Critiquer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 2] (124)
  • [2005-07-19 18:01]
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Hi Julia hopefully this is the nearest i will get to a spider too.
I do admit that they are facinating subjects.
This image has wonderful detail.
Well done.

"oh no, he´s got an eye on me!
1 eye, no 6?!" *g*

superb shot, julia! :-)
take care, thor.

Great capture, stunning pose and very good details.
Well done.

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  • kryger (10)
  • [2006-10-10 11:37]
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Very nice "portrait", it's very crisp and the colours are vivid. A bit more sharpness would be great though...

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