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Knit 1 Pearl....

By briantjjones
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.

Tags: Insects Plants Close-up and macro Wild life

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Diggeo 5 13 Greece
29 Jun 2013 12:37PM
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!

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29 Jun 2013 12:43PM
George, Thanks for comments I will try to darken the right side of the image as you suggested.

Cheers, Brian.
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
29 Jun 2013 3:56PM
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.


29 Jun 2013 5:47PM
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
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2013 6:45PM
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.
29 Jun 2013 7:48PM
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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