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I caught my little apider doing her aerial act yesterday. As I had my extension tubes on I was able to get a more detailed look at her and thought you may like to as well.

The contrast was very strong because of the angle of the light so I've had to do some post processing. See if you can spot the trick.

Camera:Canon EOS 300D
Lens:Sigma 70 - 300 APO mk 2 + 42mm tubes
Title:Arachnobat
Username:brian1208 brian1208
Uploaded:21 May 2004 - 6:23 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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johnjohn01
johnjohn01  1258 forum posts England
21 May 2004 - 6:28 AM

Cracking shot once again Brian.

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markah
markah  1025 forum posts
21 May 2004 - 6:30 AM

Wow, amazing photo, I do not know enough about photoshop to comment on how you did it. but it is good anyway.

Mark

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brian1208
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21 May 2004 - 6:52 AM

John, Mark - thanks for the comments

Brian

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helendixon
helendixon  1030 forum posts United Kingdom
21 May 2004 - 7:02 AM

Another superb macro Brian. I can't really spot anything here except maybe you have removed something from around the front of the spiders legs and darkened the backround???
Well done.

Helen

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Patricia Fenn
21 May 2004 - 7:13 AM

So that's where the thread comes from...out of it's bottom :-I

Click!

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naturenut
naturenut  111801 forum posts England
21 May 2004 - 7:26 AM

Very detailed macro Brian, can't spot what you have done either ;o) Probably a good sign ! Click.
Margaret.

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brian1208
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21 May 2004 - 7:48 AM

Thanks for dropping by to comment Helen, Patricia & Margaret. Spinnaret Patricia - doesn't work if it comes out of her bottom, that just makes a mess on our window sills! Smile

I'll reveal all later Helen and Margaret.

Brian

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Patricia Fenn
21 May 2004 - 7:55 AM

Right, got that. I think a starling has been trying to spin a web on my windowsill!

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brian1208
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21 May 2004 - 7:57 AM

Smile

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novocastria
21 May 2004 - 8:18 AM

Stunning shot. I think I'll drop into eBay and see about getting some extension tubes! Congratulations on an excellent image.

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brian1208
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21 May 2004 - 8:20 AM

Thanks Mike - they are a good investment in my view. Look forward to seeing your portfolio develop,

Brian

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Terry L
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21 May 2004 - 8:22 AM

Another fine detailed close up shot Brian, very nice work, with very good post processing.

Regards
Terry.

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brian1208
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21 May 2004 - 8:24 AM

Cheers Terry, Brian

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brm
brm  1076 forum posts
21 May 2004 - 8:44 AM

Excellent close up brian, really good detail in this shot.

b

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brian1208
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21 May 2004 - 9:57 AM

Thanks for commenting Ben

Brian

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KathyW
KathyW  111793 forum posts Norfolk Island12 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2004 - 10:17 AM

Gross! Worse than yesterday's! Can we have some more nice weevils now please?
Whatever you did to the photo it was excellent work because I can't see any joins! Great macro work, I just hate the subject. :o)

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naturenut
naturenut  111801 forum posts England
21 May 2004 - 10:53 AM

Just popped in to say they are talking about you on the forum Brian ;o)

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brian1208
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21 May 2004 - 10:57 AM

Kathy - sorry for grossing you out! Smile Something nice tomorrow I promise and thanks for looking and commenting on something you don't like.

Margaret - nothing good I hope! LOL

Brian

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noseprints  10576 forum posts
21 May 2004 - 11:43 AM

ah, a whole series. thanks...

very nice, really!

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brian1208
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21 May 2004 - 11:44 AM

Thanks Lucie

Brian

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sze4j
sze4j  1056 forum posts Singapore
21 May 2004 - 6:20 PM

Never see the bottom side of a spidy...this is splendid....again, an educational shot. big click!
=)

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21 May 2004 - 8:50 PM

Fantantisc shot as ever brian. Can't really say any more than that!

I can see where it gets the name from now as it does look a lot like a crab from below.

John

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seven21  10196 forum posts
21 May 2004 - 9:02 PM

Excellent macro Brian - haven't seen one of these on the site before! - steve

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21 May 2004 - 9:02 PM

sze, John & Steve - thanks for the comments

Brian

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ericfaragh
ericfaragh  10121 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2004 - 7:44 AM

Great work Brian, lovely macro. Well done.

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22 May 2004 - 5:04 PM

Thank you for commenting Eric

Brian

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IanA
IanA  103048 forum posts England12 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2004 - 5:25 AM

V. Nice macro Brian!

Ian (clicked)

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brian1208
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23 May 2004 - 6:23 AM

Ian, thanks again

Brian

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23 May 2004 - 1:49 PM

Nobody spotted the "trick" so I will explain. As the shot exposure was so difficult I had to play around with layer adjustments to get the spider properly lit. Having done that I discovered that the spider web had disappeared. I tried several methods to get it propely exposed but couldn't get the lighting balance right between spider and web. In the end had to draw it back in ( a bit of a cheat but not creating something that wasn't there to start with).

The fact that nobody noticed indicates I didn't do too bad a job Smile

Hope you don't feel I "cheated" too much?

Brian

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26 May 2004 - 7:14 PM

More power to you Brian. Not only a stunning piece of wildlife photography, but a master at PS too!
Very fine work all round.

Mike

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27 May 2004 - 5:11 AM

Thanks again Mike Smile

Brian

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zippie
zippie  101329 forum posts England
3 Jun 2004 - 6:09 PM

Once again, a stunning shot Brian.

But what's an apider ??

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brian1208
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4 Jun 2004 - 6:07 AM

Cheers Andy - I've said it before - Pobodies Nerfect Smile

Brian

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