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all eight eyes!

By CarolG  
I spotted this somewhat large but beautiful spider lurking on the ceiling in my front porch, and thought he would make an ideal subject for the camera. Being almost the size of the palm of my hand, though, I decided to capture him under a glass, on a sheet of paper, where he agreed to sit still for a couple of very quick grab shots before he tried to make his escape into the lounge. I encouraged him onto a stick, hoping to get some outdoor shots of him, but after just one click, he made a dash for my hand, which I was not prepared to accept, so I quickly deposited him onto a geranium outside the front door. I am not normally against handling spiders, but this chappie was just too large for comfort! V.3 is the attempted outdoor image, using the balcony wall as a backdrop, not a good image because my eye was more on the spider than what was in the viewfinder!

Tags: Wildlife Macro General Spider Close-up Lighting Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting

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KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
20 Sep 2012 5:50AM
Nothing would persuade me to go anywhere near this monster! I can appreciate a good photograph of one though - well caught!

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bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 6:03AM
He's a proper beastie is that one Carol do like V3 as well .SmileSmile
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
20 Sep 2012 6:40AM
V3 looks as though he is about to pounce......I fully understand the not wanting him on your hand thing.

Great images though and V1 is top notch, those

marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 6:50AM
I knew this was yours before I opened it!Interesting and marvellous. You did a fabulous job and I like all three images, but I agree with Andy, he looks like he's about to pounce! I'm not bothered at all by spiders and have held tarantulas, but I'm pretty sure that I would think twice before picking up this chap.

Superb start to the day Carol. three great shots.
20 Sep 2012 7:39AM
3 super images Carol,
SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 7:41AM
Great capture and love his eye's.
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
20 Sep 2012 7:45AM
Whyever do they need eight eyes? Superb details in these fine close-up captures.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 7:57AM
fabulous detail
with that colouring I would expect in his natural environment he would be difficult to see
better you than me though
moiral 8 12 Scotland
20 Sep 2012 8:16AM
This one would be a bit big even for me to stomp on TongueGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin. Great captures Carole, and those eyes are beautiful. Moira
9 10 10 England
20 Sep 2012 8:31AM
Great shots Carol, but from what you say I would have been retreating in the opposite direction.
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 8:34AM
"he made a dash for my hand, which I was not prepared to accept"

Good grief! I'd have been out of there like a shot! Size of your hand???? Help!

Terrific captures Carol, especially V1 with the eyes, I am in aware of your expertise AND your bravery, and for that you get my award!!!

Tibetan 6 3 England
20 Sep 2012 8:36AM
Carol! what a cracking shot! I just gave my award or you would have got it that's for sure, great detail and very brave of you, most females and quite a few men would be up and running lol. I congratulate you and hope these do well for you! regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinWink
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
20 Sep 2012 8:40AM
A tremendous set of close ups that will give any arachnophobes on here nightmares for days to come! He'e either enormous Carol or you have very small hands!Wink
debu 8 India
20 Sep 2012 9:10AM
Very nice detailed images.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
20 Sep 2012 9:11AM
Can't say I', all that keen on them myself but you were very brave to handle him at all, and what excellent macros you got, Carol.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
20 Sep 2012 9:32AM
I thought this a cracking macro, then I saw what size it was to start with!! yikes Grin A brave capture, Carol.

EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
20 Sep 2012 9:50AM
If you were worried, think what the rest of us would feel meeting with this enormous fellow! Love V1, as long as it's just as an image on the monitor!!

20 Sep 2012 9:57AM
great work !
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 10:11AM
My word Carol you are so BRAVE! You deserve a medalGrinGrin Think I would have just moved houseWink
I think V3 is my fave........... Its outside for a startGrin
PinkK 9 80 1 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 10:50AM
Far too close for comfort! He's a beast, I wouldn't want to be getting as close as you have Grin
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 11:00AM
Although V1 is the perfect macro with "all eight eyes", I like V3 in a more natural
habitat and safely out of the house!
You're a true nature love and brave to boot!
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 11:12AM
I think V3 is absolutely stunning!
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 11:24AM
Three of your very best Carol, superb quality, and detail in abundance. Each image very much worthy of their own air time. It is somewhat difficult to choose a favourite when the quality is so good, so I shall use a pin and opt for number III, simply because I like the environment in which the spider belongs.

Regards Nathan
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
20 Sep 2012 12:39PM
what fantastic and great set of images,Carol,v3 is my favorite,
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
20 Sep 2012 1:06PM
All great shots Carol but V1 is outstanding, another of your very best,
20 Sep 2012 1:30PM
Now they're just nasty Carol Wink Wonderful clarity and detail though !!
crookymonsta Plus
10 838 10 England
20 Sep 2012 1:55PM
Loathe spiders and you wouldn't get me anywhere near one that size, just looking on the screen is more than I can take! Amazed you can take such great pics so close up. He looks very agressive in V3.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 1:55PM
Love all these comments and the fact that everybody is sharing the horror of the size of this beast! Well done for facing him down Carol! Three brilliant images - wonderful detail! Smile
20 Sep 2012 2:02PM
3 fine works, diff to choose the best.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
20 Sep 2012 2:35PM
A fabulous set of close-ups of your big friendly spider, Carol! He sounds to be about as big the Chilean Red tarantula I had several years ago, but he's not quite as hairy! He gets my Award today Wink
Trev Smile
STEVELIN 10 161 3 Ireland
20 Sep 2012 2:40PM
v1 for me carol great detail.
20 Sep 2012 3:11PM
Stunning detail in every shot and sharpness
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
20 Sep 2012 4:09PM
Ah yer great big jessie, you'd be no good coming out on shoot with me woman Grin

I was up at Jenny's Meadow the other day while the volunteers were scything down the old meadow growth and one of them came up to me with a spider in his hand to ask me what it was? When I told him, you should have seen his face, it went as white as a sheet and he dropped the spider straight away! It was a False Widow and they can give you a nasty bite........His face though was an absolute picture!

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 4:41PM
You know I dislike these Carol, so only viewed V1 briefly
what I saw was 'very detailed'...thank you very much!!Wink
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 5:02PM
I have just shown my hubs this beastie Carol, a beautiful picture sharp and well detailed I wouldn't be too trusting of him personally and don't blame you for treating him with the greatest of respectTongue
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 5:03PM
GrinGrinGrinGrin !!!......great set of shots !!!'s worth an award on the bravery alone !!!!!...."MBE" perhaps ?????
20 Sep 2012 5:35PM
Great detail and excellent close ups.
konu 10 31 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 6:27PM
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 7:07PM
I have to evacuate the tiniest of spiders, so am not sure what I would do if confronted with this monster.
My favourite is V2 because of the superb composition, Carol.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
20 Sep 2012 7:42PM
i like his striped pyjamas! a very ogood series and I like v3 best, out in the wild.
glad to hear that you got some rain.. we had a little bit but not enough by far
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 7:57PM
V1 and 2 would have done my wall wildlife theme a great favour! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Super set... in fact "Horribly good images" IB
exposure Plus
14 5.9k England
20 Sep 2012 10:58PM
Lovely detail in all three images Carol.
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
21 Sep 2012 11:39PM
You certainly have an eye for the critters.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
22 Sep 2012 4:17PM
He/She is a big un all right, all three worthy of own upload Carol.



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