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Spider 3of3

by tolomea on May 13, 2011

Spider 3of3
GXR P10, 134mm (35equiv), ISO 400, 1/52 sec, f/5.1

After a bit I managed to coax him out from behind the door at which point he scuttled up the leg of one of the balcony chairs.
You can’t really tell from the photo but I took this lying on my back under the chair. In the bottom left there is an out of focus bolt, this goes through the leg and holds the seat on.

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Spider 2of3

by tolomea on May 13, 2011

Spider 2of3
GXR P10, 60mm (35equiv), ISO 400, 1/55 sec, f/4.5

This particular spider is a Rufous Net-casting Spider (Deinopis subrufa). They are called net casting spiders because instead of making a large fixed web they instead make a small web between their front legs. Then when they spot prey they stretch this net out and jump on the victim.

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Spider 1of3

by tolomea on May 13, 2011

Spider 1of3
GXR P10, 30mm (35equiv), ISO 192, 1/36 sec, f/3.7

As I mentioned before we don’t get as much wildlife around the new appartment, mostly on account of it being in a much more built up neighborhood. But we do get some. I spotted this guy scrambling across the balcony door. By the time I got the camera out he had made it into the space between the door and the fly net.

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Spider

by tolomea on April 26, 2011

Spider

The park is also home to a variety of wildlife from possums at the large end down to the usual array of bugs.

I quite like this spider shot for the selective focus and lighting.

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Small Spider 2of2

by tolomea on May 5, 2010

Small Spider 2of2

For this one I climbed up on the desk which allowed me to get a better angle.

He’s only a couple of millimeters across, if that, really small.

You can see he’s pulled his legs in and hunkered down a bit, I think he was getting annoyed by my flash. I left him alone after this.

P.S. This concludes the Macro set, all of these photos were taken during the course of a single day.

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Small Spider 1of2

by tolomea on May 5, 2010

Small Spider 1of2

This lil guy was on the wall above my computer.

The harsh lighting is caused by my flash. It’s a real nuisance trying to photograph a spider this small when he’s 6 feet up the wall behind the computer desk. I wasn’t inclined to try for a torch as well.

Not that I mind the effect any, I like the shadow, makes him look creepier, and the flash glint in all 4 front facing eyes really draws attention to them.

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Golden Orb Weaver

by tolomea on April 29, 2010

Golden Orb Weaver

This is a Golden Orb Weaver spider, we get lots of them around these parts and I personally think they are quite cool.

This particular specimen was in among some trees off the side of a secluded walking path at the botanical gardens.

He was only about 5 feet off the ground. Now you might thing that that would make him easy to photograph, but you’d be wrong. See the problem is that the web is anchored by dozens of stay lines going out to all the surrounding shrubbery. This effectively bars off a large area that you can’t enter without disturbing the web.

In the end to get in close enough for a decent shot I had to get me and the tripod under the stay lines and then up inside them. At this point I’m sitting on the ground looking almost straight up at the spider. Hence the sky in the background.

For extra fun this image is actually focus stacked, this allowed me to have the bulk of the web in focus and hence clearly visible. But of course as with all focus stacked stuff this required having the camera and tripod remain very still.

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Spidey

by tolomea on March 17, 2010

Spidey

While we were hanging out washing I spotted this lil guy crawling up the leg of a pair of jeans. At less than 1cm across he’s by far the smallest thing I’ve photographed so far.

I’m really pleased with how this came out and that’s before I point out that I was shooting zoom macro single handed (the other hand was holding the jeans) .

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