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La Danse Macabre

La Danse Macabre
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Olympus 740UZ
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dead Insects [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-19 3:52
Viewed: 6286
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dance of death with two dancers - spider and poor caterpillar which unfortunatelly crossed its path with it. Like in late medieval allegory spider could play as a Death leading its adversary to the doom.

Picture was taken during our summer holidays on Crimean Penisula. That was hot day, as almost always on Crimea, with 30C degrees and humidity so high that you feel like swimming. This day I was ill and didn't go to the beach. I stayed at home and captured many interesting subjects in our friends garden. During two hours I found five or six different spiders' species, many wasps, true bugs, molluscs... That was good hunting :-)

Although spiders, like nearly all arachnids, are carnivorous predators, their methods of gathering food vary considerably between species. Spiders prey on a wide variety of animals, again depending on the species of spider. Small spiders can eat insects, false-scorpions and other arachnids, while larger spiders can prey on larger animals, such as small fish, young snakes, lizards, birds, and small mammals. Spiders can be divided into two main groups on the basis of the primary technique that they use for capturing food; species that build webs versus species that do not.
Web-spinners, which compose about half of all spider species, spin webs characteristic of their species. These types of spiders tend to be sedentary (they do not move around from place to place much). They generally wait on or near their webs for prey like flying insects to become entangled. Web-spinning spiders often have highly developed tactile senses and poor eyesight; the vibrations of their webs tell them most of the information they need to know about the world around them, so visual acuity is unnecessary.

Info from http://www.personal.psu.edu/users/s/e/sek154/page6.html

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I love your spectacle. I don't like to think about the death but your photos are really interesting and dramatic!

very good serie Grzegorz,
I like those types of shots a lot, because I am too a macro photographer. Al are nice photos, good sharp, good pof and dof, very good note, very good job

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ***
Color: ***
DOF: ***
POV: ****

Great composition.
Very well done.

Grzegorz, I like what you've done with this one and the "Dance of Death" theme. Good details seen with an excellent supporting note. Well done!

Cruel but true. This is wild life. Excelent story shown on the photo and described in note.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-01-19 13:39]

Good work Greg. Excellent presentation of 4 good images. Good work

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-19 18:19]

Grzegorz, amazing shots, fantastic composition. I did enjoy the whole job here. Besides, great note.


I like Saint-Saens. Have you ever listened to his Danse Macabre?
Although I like the moody light against the black BG, I could not avoid saving this image and put some more light with S&H.
You get wonderful colours and details, but I decided not to post as a workshop, I think this one is much more artistic, it remember me the chinese shadows. Nice one!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-01-19 20:49]

Each to his own. If this is what keeps the spider alive, so be it. Good interesting macro shots of life as it happens. Well done Greg.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-19 23:09]

The hundredth tomorrow, Grzegorz?
By waiting you present to us an excellent and original assembly.
A great work: pictures and note.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-01-20 13:35]

Hi Greg
Mail this to Paul maybe this will lure him back to the site. Very nice combo here, nice note too, and goos details

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-23 2:20]

This is a great series Greg! The sharpness and coposition in all 4 shots are very good. Your note is excellent and I found this to be a very interesting post.

Very well done and thanks for posting.

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