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Garden or diadem Spider.

By paulbroad  
A shot to illustrate macro. Comments as usual of course, but this was taken with the set up as illustrated earlier in this section. The female Diadem spider is quite large in macro terms, so this is a minimal crop on the original. You can clearly see how depth of field falls off even at these tiny apertures. Spider about 1 inch across to leg extremes.

The flash is almost mandatory. There was a wind and I had to estimate when the web was still. Focus on manual. A bit of dodging and burning in and a 200% unsharp mask. The macro lens makes all the difference.


Tags: Flash Macro Close Spider Field Close-up and macro Depth Ring macroflash

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Moebee 6
13 Sep 2016 9:24AM
Great macro of this beautiful diadem spider. MoSmileSmile
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1775 England
14 Sep 2016 9:11PM
Thanks, Paul - another fine example of the classic way to take a shot like this.
pablophotographer 9 1.8k 394
19 Sep 2016 1:40PM
Hi Paul.
Most of us have seen spiders in real life and what normally amazes all (I know they scare some as well) is their ability to ''weave nets'' that defy gravity..
I have highlighted the world gravity because that is what is missing here and it is very easy to re-install with minimal change of a single parameter.
Gravity is a natural force that calculated by the product of the F= m x g equation according to Newton. The m symbolises mass of the object and the g the constant of 9.81 meters/second raised in square. The calculation might be very irrelevant to the viewers but it poses the another question. What power does the spider have to stay on the web? I know you come from a technical background so that should be welcomed as a question. The simplified answer would be other than a number. And the word ''enough'' does not do it justice. What there is there then?
It all comes to the notion of observation where the natural science is based on. Newton after noticing the apple falling from the tree, must have wondered ''why does not the spider fall down to earth?'' Try to think of his amazement. The answer to my earlier question is ''amazing''

And amazing is how this little creature hangs upside down defying gravity that keeps us on the surface of the Earth. So I would suggest you [b]turn this upside down to give this spider the merit that its strength deserves[/b]


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