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2010-12-11 12-42-42 PM - IMG_0556_2 Female Golden Orb Weaver Spider [Nephila edulis]

By Degilbo  
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:

Tags: Canon General Golden Spider Close-up and macro Weaver Brisbane Queensland Orb Wildlife and nature Acdsee pro3 Eos500d (nephila Edulis)

Voters: jasonrwl, rajishravi, SiSheff and 6 more

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12 Dec 2010 6:34AM
Good work.

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12 Dec 2010 7:44AM
An excellent capture
davey_griffo 9 213 165 England
12 Dec 2010 8:38AM
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.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2010 11:39AM
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.
14 Dec 2010 6:41AM
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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