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A Silky Death

A Silky Death
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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-05
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 80-400 OS
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Class Arachnida [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-26 15:13
Viewed: 6110
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I hate spiders, and generally I will kill any of these critters that I may find in my house. This goes especially for Daddy Longlegs, that can invade any occupied or unoccupied corner in the house. I’m not particularly scared of snakes or scorpions, centipedes or even honey bees, which can kill me with a single sting, being that allergic to them. Spiders gives me the creeps – I think it is their vulgar, obese bodies, best described by Tolkien in Sheilobs Lair, where she does Frodo in. Gerhard has also posted a fat, bloated, oversize monster of 5 cm that still haunts me if I think of it.

This notwithstanding, they are absolutely fascinating creatures and I would love to shoot more of them. This guy, or is it a gal? was happily busy tussling up a hapless victim when I saw the web reflected in the sun. The web was in the top of a tree, some 3 m above my head. I snapped only this shot and the WS. The OS Sigma works well in plenty of “good” light – this is f14, so the DOF is reasonable at about 2m + away from my subject. I like the colour contrast here between the yellow abdomen, black legs and the blue sky. I will even dare and call this a pretty spider.

The sub-familyArgiopinae occurs worldwide and is represented by 2 genera and 8 species in Southern Africa. This is the Garden orb-web spides or butter spider or black and yellow banded spider - Argiope australis – bail me out if the ID is incorrect. We have 3000 spider species in SA, and I’m glad I have met so few of them. Not all of them are so colourful. It is the same with birds, the colourful ones are on the wishlist, the LBJ’s are like the grey spiders – you know they are there, but who cares!?

Venue – Mata Mata Rest Camp
Date 6th December 2004
Time 14h31
Camera - Nikon D70
ISO 200 & -0,7 EV.
Sigma 80-400 F4.5- 5.6 APO OS
Filter – Cokin UV
Focal length - 400 mm.
Exposure mode - Aperture Priority – 1/400 @ F14
Flash – none
Support – Handheld
PP – 50% of cropping; some S/H; USM; selective colours; reduced to Site size.

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To milloup: Relative...gerhardt 1 01-27 15:01
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Callie, I am with you on hating spiders. small ones, big ones, eventually, they all met my doom-can ;)

but if i look at it on my screen, they look kinda harmless, and this one is pretty with the yellow stripes.

Jy het meer guts as wat ek het..

Absolutely wonderful capture - both of them. Unlike you I simply love the spiders because I am very fascinated of their lifestyle. I am quite sure this is a female because of the big hind body. Beautiful colours and very good details of the body and the web. I love it - excellent work Callie.

Hi Callie, I used to react like you with spiders, but, since I red about their form of intelligence and start to photography them, I changed my mind. They are fascinating and very photogenic. Your orbitele has a cousin in Europe (here). Your shooting conditions with the Sigma are interesting. It gives good results, and if you don't want to catch this critter at 2cm, it's the solution, and it works well.

Very nice shot, it is amazing how your 400mm work with macro. You even got the web nicely, and the spider well controlled. You should have a good light to get such a small subject with this parameters. One question, what is the minimun focal distance with the 400mm focal lenth (full zoom)? How close can you get to the subject?

Nice capture of this spider. Good detail and DOF on the subject under tough light conditions looking up.

What a yucky bunch of friends you seem to be gathering around you at present, bro, but at least this one is has pretty colours ;-))
It looks like a relative of our Argiope bruennichi, Wasp spider, even down to the way the web was constructed.
Photo's tack sharp with very good DOF and colours.

Callie, Great shot of this spider against the sky..Great color & I like the way the web is illuminated. With prey no less! ;-) Only you could make a "pleasing" spider shot!! I think one of the last I posted was fairly disgusting. My preference would be to see more spider & less sky but then I tend to be obsessed with the things! Well done!!

Very good Callie.
You use the OS to macros, it works well.
Nice against the blue.
Good POV, details and colors.
Very well done my friend.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-01-27 0:36]

Woow really nice capture.Looks Lile circus spider :).11/10.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-01-27 2:31]

De natuur heeft weinig vrienden Callie, leven en overleven zijn de harde wetten van de natuur, maar absoluut goed hoe u dit in beeld brengt, en de juiste belichting mee krijgt.
Mooi werk opnieuw.
Groeten uit het koude Vlaanderen,

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-01-27 2:34]
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Callie, all these bugs...I'm starting to worry about you. I'm not complaining because I think they are great, I like hte POV on this one and spiders against a clear blue sky are always a winner, it's nice that the silk strands can be seen.

Doom would work well here.
Excellent shot Callie. The detail is fantastic and the notes are great. Good work

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-27 3:36]

Spider on the sky :-) Looks superb. I like composition, colours, contrast... One of greatest shots of spiders on TN.

And about sf and fantasy literature - try Glen Cook ['Black Company' and books about detective Garret - Chandler-like literature set in fantasy world] and Steven Erikson [Malazan Book of Death saga]. Both great, far better then anything I read in this genre.

I too do not like spiders, and working with a macro lens really close up to one of our similar wasp spiders a while ago left me a little shaky...

You have done well here..maybe next time I'll use the 50 - 500!

Good shot, very good POV and colours.
Well done.

It has been too long since the spiders featured a bit. How can you hate these critters when they are so inventive in their hunting and deception methods. The ultimate hunters.

Pargtige botter-kop wat jy hier het. I have not seen this species in the wild yet. Would love too. TFS.

That is great. I never kill them, I escorted all but black widows out of my home. Black widows I squashed with glee.... (not really with glee, but glad to be rid of them).... this spider is so clear, and sharp,a nd busy. It is a wonderful photo!

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