Rain Spider

Posted by Gavin Falck on Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:01 am

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Taken in my garden.  Pentax K7 Pentax 35-80 lens with close-up filters.  1/180, f/27, ISO 200.

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by Craig Lipski on Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:47 am
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I love the face-on view and her(?) “pose.” How big is this spider? It looks like you nailed the DOF - the surroundings are busy, but the light and the color contrast make the subject stand out. This is very different from what I generally strive for, but it really works for me.
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by Gavin Falck on Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:13 am
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Thanks for the comments. This is quite a large spider, females (like this one) having a leg span of up to 10cm. They are common in gardens in South Africa and often come into houses. The venom is of no medical significance. I agree absolutely that the background is a bit busy, but as you say, it does somehow work. I did not want to move the subject to a more suitable location because it was already quite stressed at having been disturbed.

by Tom Whelan on Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:48 pm
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Neat pose, and lots of great detail. The setting is fine, but softer light would be best, fine as is.

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by Cynthia Crawford on Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:58 pm
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Quite a dynamic presentation. Although busy, I like the textures and head-on view. Works for me!
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by rhighercat on Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:05 pm
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Love the head-on view. The busy background doesn't bother me. composition works well. Looks menacing!

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