The Zen Master


Posted by Darren5907 on Mon Jan 29, 2024 4:21 pm

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I think someone asked me what has St Andrew got to do with this spider....apparently the silky bands called stabilimentum (the full form) forms a cross that alludes to the cruixifcation of the Saint Andrew.

The spider is always in this Zen-like pose, with pairing of legs. Shooting this little fella also required some Zen patience, battling against wind, the low level of ambient light, darkish or unsmooth background, lack of dof and/or sharpness for the spider's body, etc. Technically challenging.

In the end, not everything is in perfect focus, but I am fairly satisfied to get this shot.


 Aperture-Priority AE,1/10 sec,,f8.0,EV -2/3,ISO  800, 90D
Lens EF180mm f/3.5L Macro USM,Flash Off,Manual focusing,
tripod-supported, image cropped.

Hope its a nice view and comments welcomed.

IMG_5130-1024pix by Darren, on Flickr

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by david fletcher on Mon Jan 29, 2024 4:29 pm
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Great shot and info Darren.
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by Tom Whelan on Mon Jan 29, 2024 9:44 pm
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An excellent image, fine details and contrast.
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by Cynthia Crawford on Tue Jan 30, 2024 6:56 am
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You did really well given the conditions. Sharp enough for my taste. Quite the unique spider-thanks for the story.
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by Carol Clarke on Tue Jan 30, 2024 9:57 am
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Despite the challenges I think you did a superb job on this one Darren!

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by Darren5907 on Tue Jan 30, 2024 9:36 pm
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Thanks all for the comments. Seems this spider is not as commonly sighted as yesteryears.....
 

by John Labrenz on Thu Feb 01, 2024 11:52 pm
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great capture of this interesting spider...and thx for the information
 

by Darren5907 on Fri Feb 02, 2024 2:47 pm
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John Labrenz wrote: great capture of this interesting spider...and thx for the information


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