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Cross Spider

By ihtoit
This little lady was perfectly willing to just sit there and let me get *really* close...

I was going for short depth of field and a hair count.

I have what I consider a very entry-level compact (Samung PL22*), and have used it to great effect photographing spiders and other tiny things.

What I did for this one was to set the sensor to ISO-100, macro mode@11mm (63mm), centre weighted metering, spot focusing and locked and let the camera do the rest - exposure was 1/60 sec at f/14.1. Lens to subject was about 20cm.

What really surprised me with this was that the web was captured with such clarity... that's never happened to me before!

*My other camera is a Panasonic Lumix Olympic, pictures out of that are very noisy but the camera is passable at HD video...

NOTE: image is watermarked.

Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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I do not usually like the look of flash, but it really makes the spider and web "pop" in this photo. Good work.


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paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2013 8:11AM
The web resolution depends on the lighting used. The flash has caught it here. You have done very well,a fine macro of a female garden or Diadem spider. As we so often fiish saying, flash can be mandatory if you want to get images of this type right and acceptable. Have a look in text books and see how many macro shots are with flash.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3866 Canada
19 Oct 2013 7:57PM
Welcome to EPZ.

Nice enough, however the watermark spoils it. Right in the centre, and coinciding with the spiders body. Best if it was more discrete.

The spiders body needs to have highlights toned down, and theres quite a bit of visible noise across the image.

Its good performance though considering the camera.

I have uploaded a mod with highlights from the flash toned down, and noise reduced.

Scroll up this page and click the modifications tab and view the mod large.

Enjoy the site,


Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2013 8:34PM
Fine shot !!....nice detail & colors !!
Mozzytheboy 7 710 4 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2013 11:50AM
Have dropped in a modification of your original image and explained what I have done. Well done though.


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