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An early morning quick shot of a spider, not using anything special but the macro setting on auto....one day I will be brave enough to move away from auto!!

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon Powershot G12
Lens:6.1-30.5 mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:8 Sep 2012 - 8:33 AM
Focal Length:8.9mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.2
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:80
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Early Morning Spider
Username:Vicsview Vicsview
Uploaded:8 Sep 2012 - 3:05 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Wildlife / nature
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Jestertheclown
8 Sep 2012 - 10:51 PM

I don't know what editing, if any, you've carried out on this but I think that it's a touch over-sharpened.
Also, your camera has tried to expose for both the brightness in the background and the darker spider and has consequently compromised both.
I've uploaded a mod. in which I've used the shadows/highlights tool to get back some of the detail in the spider, hopefully without spoiling the rest of the image too much. It might require a little experimentation to get the best possible result.
I know that all sounds a bit negative but don't be put off. It's still a terrific shot.
Hope this helps.
Bren.

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alistairfarrugia
alistairfarrugia Critique Team 2164 forum posts Malta88 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2012 - 11:34 AM

My first thought was that the image looked slightly over-edited in the sharpness department and in fact, the first critique I read also referred to it, so I think there's no need to repeat that. I like the modification presented by Jestertheclown and agree with his comment that it's a good shot. Not sure if this is the case, maybe others can confirm or correct me if I'm wrong, but possibly spot-metering on the spider would have been better in order not to lose details in the shadows and avoid having to correct this in post-processing. Again, I stress I could be wrong so let me know if that's the case.

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