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Aculepeira ceropegia

Aculepeira ceropegia
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-26
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H10, Zeiss Tessar 40 mm
Exposure: f/4, 1/1600 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-29 8:26
Viewed: 3380
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Macros taken with a compact camera:

I want to tell you some more about my experience with a compact camera (Cybershot). This 13 mm female spider (Aranea; Araneidae; Aculepeira ceropegia (=Araneus ceropegius; Eichenblatt- Radspinne) is doing nothing and wind is absent, therefore a macro shot was possible. Automatic focussing is the problem otherwise.

ID: it's not a spider you see often, it prefers mountainous regions (I took the shot at 950 m a.s.l., see Map:View). The dorsal pattern tells the species apart from A. carbonaria which moreover has a high alpine distribution and from C. armaria (mediterranean distribution). I used H. Bellmann, 1997. Kosmos Atlas Spinnentiere Europas.

Technical specs: I used a magnifying lens and an UV filter. 1/1'600 sec and f/4, ISO 100 without flash. The good lens and the antishake mechanism were important. I had to process the picture in PS (smudges, removal of a dry stick by stamping, careful sharpening at 20% and 1 pixel) .

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Wonderful capture this"sleeping spider" graet sharp, lovely colors.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-08-29 11:38]

Hi Dietrich . Your close up of the colourful spider has been taken with sharp focusing and fine detail. with natural lookng colours. I like the pose it looksas if its having a daytime sleep in its web. We can see from your POV the markings on its body. well done TFs.

Hi Dietrich
Beautiful spider. I think that this is a first shot of this species posted on TN. Quality of the picture is perfect. Great sharpness, perfect background Nothing to critique

  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2009-08-29 18:01]

Hello Dietrich,
What a nice composition of this arachnid feeling cozy in its cradle :-) Very appealing and emotional. Perfect colours and sharpness. Pretty and interesting species too.
Best greetings & TFS!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-08-30 1:38]

Lieber Dieter,
Ein sehr klares und feines Bild dieser speziellen Spinne. Da hast Du aber perfekt hantiert mit deiner Compact Camera! Ich habe diese Spinne auch schon gesehen, kann aber nicht in Bürchen gewesen sein, wenn diese Spezies in Zusammenahng mit Eichen vorkommt. Aber ein Bravo ist dieses Bild schon Wert!
Ae schöne Suntag und liäbi Grüäss

I became a fan of color and beauty.
Clarity is great.
Sharing and a very nice presentation.
Sincerely ...

Hi MF Dietrich,

A perfect macro capture of this sleepy beauty:) on its web. Cybershot which i have got one is realy perfect in taking extraordinary macros. Thanks for sharing this beautifully paterned and colourful spider species-it is also novelty for me- Dietrich and have a nice sunday!


Very interesting spider and technique, but it worked, as the image is an excellent one.


hello Dietrich!
a good place for a nap.....
beautiful POV and fine details

ciao sERGIO

Lieber Dieter,
beim Öffnen des Fotos dachte ich angesichts der feinen Details der Spinne in ihrem Seidennest vor ideal entferntem weichem Hintergrund: da hat Dieter wieder von seiner hochwertigen Spiegelreflex Gebrauch gemacht! Irrtum, es war wieder Dein Fahrradzubehör, die "Kompakte". Bin beeindruckt von der Qualität dieser Aufnahme.
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüssen,

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