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Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 300mm F4L IS USM + 1.4x ext
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-20 4:36
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Hello all,

Here is a picture I took very early in the morning when the mist embraced the Carbonneau's Marsh at Sherbrooke, Quebec. The light was awesome and the little droplets on this spider web acted like jewels giving it life like a dreamcatcher...

Any comments?


How does an orb web spider make its web?

The solution is simple. The spider releases a sticky thread that is blown away with the wind. If the breeze carried the silken line to a spot where it sticks the first bridge is formed.
The spider cautiously crosses along the thin line reinforcing it with a second line. She enforces the line until it is strong enough.

After the first horizontal line the spider makes a loose thread and constructs with a second thread a Y-shaped line.
These are the first three radii of the web. Then a frame is constructed to attach the other radii to.

After all the radii are completed the spider start to make the circular threads.
At first non-sticky construction threads a made. The distance between the threads is so wide that the spider can span the width with her legs.

Finally the sticky thread is woven between the circular thread. While attaching the sticky thread to the radii the construction thread is removed by the spider.
Then web is completed with non sticky radii and sticky circular threads and the spider can rest and sit in the centre of the web with her head down.

After a night of hunting the web becomes worn out. The spider removes the silk in the morning by eating it, only leaving the first bridge line. After a daytime rest the spider constructs a new web in the evening. If the catch was low and the web is not heavily damaged the web may stay during the day and be reused after minor repairing.
There are a lot of variations on this type of orb web. Spiders can leave a hole in the centre, leave out one sector or only make one sector (like a piece of a pie) and the extreme form is a single line web.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-07-20 4:39]

Bonjour Michel,
Je réagis rapidement car je trouve cette image tout simplement superbe!
La présentation horizontale est idéale et quelle atmosphère mystérieuse cette image transmet. La coloration subtile de l'image joue ici un grand rôle. Bravo!!!

beautiful magical capture, no need for the "too" artistic frame though, TFS Ori

Hallo Michel
A wonderful, wonderful image with lots of dreamlike qualities to it. Looking at this beautiful web thread makes you realise once again how magnificent nature is, and what we miss if we do not go out there and look and explore for ourselves. The scenery has a mystical mood that surrounds it and that feature is an additional bonus. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Michel,
This is a beautiful shot, nice and sharp focus, lovely lighting, nice colours, exellent point of view, great composition and the background is perfectly, a beautiful picture,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

Brilliant... very Harry Potter'ish image, if you will! :-) Lovely composition, great choice of white balance and amazing focus/sharpness!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-20 11:18]

Hello Michel,
A beautiful photo with fine use of the lighting to give a well composed image showing the orb-spider's webb with superb clarity against the misty BG. Good note too.
Thanks for sharing this1

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-07-20 12:01]

Hi Michel,
Perfect shot,gorgeous light and colours, excellent atmosphere.
Regards Jiri.

hello Michel
very nice and sharpness composition with very good light and nice colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Michel,

Very nice and well seen image here my friend, strong composition, lovely lighting and i like the sepia process here that adds to the overall dynamics, nice and sharp in the focal area, great work Michel and well done,
Best regards,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-20 12:32]
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Hello Michel,
What a beauty, this photo. Great atmosphere in beautiful mysterious light and colours. I don't like the heavy frame, but that's personal. I should have removed it with photoshop. Fantastic composition.

Beautiful photo Michel! The composition is excellent. The lighting is fantastic.

Hi Michel,
artistic POV of this web, congratulations
TFS, Ferran

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-21 4:29]

Hello Michel,
such a creative and exciting composition.
Superbs sharpness in a very classic scene.
Really a nice one.


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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2011-07-21 23:54]

Hellow Michel,
You have captured the natural light to perfection.Pinsharpness on the web with good BG contrast.Cleverly composed and great tonal choice.

Hello Michel,

Seems like the photographer also caught a dream-like atmosphere, with the web that caught some drops from the morning mist!
An excellent composition, tech details impeccable...
A well balanced composition!

Pablo -

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-10-22 11:29]

Hello Michel,
Not only is the composition very good, but the lighting is awesome. You have captured this web in a such a way that makes it almost glow. The focus is excellent and the overall appearance is stunning. Very interesting notes! Great work!!

Lovely top class image and this what i call "pictorial representation of nature". i liked your composition and the notes bravo,
Goutham R

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