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A Macro of a garden spider rebuilding it's web just after a rain storm. I tried to capture the strand of web as it being ejected from it's abdomen and being carefully attached to the leaf. I was going to crop the image more but the leaf with the water droplets framed the spider so I left it.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:28 Jun 2013 - 10:53 AM
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:640
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Knit 1 Pearl....
Username:briantjjones briantjjones
Uploaded:28 Jun 2013 - 8:26 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Insects, Plants, Wild life
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Diggeo
Diggeo e2 Member 1Diggeo vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2013 - 12:37 PM

I think this is a very good macro shot. The spider is well caught with nice details. I especially like the drops on his body! The composition is also good. Some areas are overexposed and distract from the main subject. I think I would burn a little the right part of the frame.
Well done!
George.

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briantjjones
29 Jun 2013 - 12:43 PM

George, Thanks for comments I will try to darken the right side of the image as you suggested.

Cheers, Brian.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10869 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2869 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2013 - 3:56 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is very good. Considering you had to balance the relatively dark spider with the bright rain spots, the overall exposure is very good.

I agree with Gweorge that it would enhance the shot if the right was exposed a little less. Ive done this in the mod, and I would also suggest to crop some off the right also to place the spider more on a third, - also done in the mod. It can also benefit with being sharpened just a little too.

To get one side less exposed, I made a layer copy, chamged mode to multiply, and reduce opacity to 30%; then using a mask, I removed the darkening effect from the left side, then layer flatten and finished.


The frame is to bring the image back to 1000 pixels. View large.



Regards



Willie

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briantjjones
29 Jun 2013 - 5:47 PM

Willie, As always much appreciated comments and mod. Looks so much better with the left side darkened. I bit the bullet this week and exchanged my old Tamron 90mm macro for the Canon 100mm IS USM, really pleased with results of the few images I've managed to get outside in between showers.

Thanks again Brian J

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7436 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2013 - 6:45 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

It's that unusual thing, a macro that works as a picture - I'd hang this on my wall. The important thing for me is the sense of suspense - the spider and the rain drop both seem to be poised about to drop. Just that tiny moment of time when everything hangs together, literally...
I like the composition and placement too, the way this drifts towards the left. I at first looked at a square crop, but no, this needs breadth.
I'd like a little more depth of field, to bring the rain drop better into focus - while still keeping the soft green hazy background. I might try to get a bit more detail there, I'll try the burn tool.
I don't do macro, but if I did this is what I'd be aiming for. It's about the spider's own world which is so different from our own.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 29 Jun 2013 - 6:46 PM

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briantjjones
29 Jun 2013 - 7:48 PM

Moira, Thanks for such a kind comment Smile and taking the time to make the mods, I like it! It was the environment and the struggle the spider was having to rebuild it's web after the rain destroyed the original, maybe that's why it worked for me to.

Once again thanks, Brian J

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