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2010-12-11 12-42-42 PM - IMG_0556_2 Female Golden Orb Weaver Spider [Nephila edu...

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This Female Golden Orb Weaver Spider is missing a leg. I thought it may have been tucked up with another of the front legs but closer examination reveals it is missing. The golden orb weavers [Nephila edulis] are one of the largest spiders found in Australia. Their webs with diameters of over 1 meter can be found hanging off sign posts, in or between trees.
Female spiders can measure up to 45 mm while the smaller males measure only 6 mm. The male is often found in or around the web of the female.
Beside the male and the female boarders resides in the web. They are called quicksilver, dewdrop or droplet spider (Argyrodes antipodianus)
because their silvery body shines like drops of water in the sun. Further details at: http://www.ozanimals.com/Spider/Golden-Orb-Weaver-Spider/Nephila/edulis.html

Camera:Canon EOS500D
Lens:Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:2010-12-11 12-42-42 PM - IMG_0556_2 Female Golden Orb Weaver Spider [Nephila edu...
Username:Degilbo Degilbo
Uploaded:12 Dec 2010 - 6:16 AM
Tags:(nephila, Acdsee pro3, Brisbane, Canon, Close-up / macro, Edulis), Eos500d, General, Golden, Orb, Queensland, Spider, Weaver, Wildlife / nature
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rajishravi
12 Dec 2010 - 6:34 AM

Good work.

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jeb2012
jeb2012  4 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2010 - 7:44 AM

An excellent capture

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davey_griffo
12 Dec 2010 - 8:38 AM

Some nice detail there, you can see the hairs on her legs (get a shave, girl!!). Smile

The focus appears to be on her hind quarters, and really needs to be on the head.

Also, I don't know what processing you did, but the background is broken up into destinct bands of colour. Did you save it at a low quality setting to keep down the size of the file? I usually find that you can get away with something at or near the highest quality settings, & still keep it under the EPZ limits.

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mrswoolybill
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12 Dec 2010 - 11:39 AM

It's the background that attracted me - I don't know how it has been achieved but it has given you a spider against an abstract painting. Rather effective.
Moira

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Degilbo
Degilbo  4 Australia
14 Dec 2010 - 6:41 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone!
As for the background, it was created using one of the "Special Effects" in ACDSee PRO3 called "Posterized". It can change the image to varying degrees - using a slider. I liked this combination and the one on the other image, too. The "real" background in this one was a palm tree, blue sky and a portion of a house across the road, all in very soft focus. This was not a true macro as I was about eighteen inches away, using my Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L. The aperture was f/2.8 and speed1/1000. I chose the higher speed as there was a considerable breeze blowing and the web spread over quite a distance, so there was considerable "bouncing" of the subject Smile.

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