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HIDE!.....He's coming to get you!

By Ade_Osman    
My silly Sunday image, although I'm not sure all you arachnophobics will see it like this!!!....Hee hee Tongue What's more I've got a few more to post over the next few days of the same spider, so I'm fully expecting my votes to hit rock bottom by the end of the week! Tongue

Now the serious bit Smile It's just a Common Garden Spider, that was exceptionally compliant and let me capture several large image stacks of it at x2 magnification. In this instance 65 images were taken and then it was stacked using ZereneZP 64bit and then the image was cleaned up using PSP4. Took about 7-8 minutes to shoot the stack, and about 6 hours work manipulating the final image to get it eventually looking like this. Spider was returned to the wild unharmed when I finished with it and no cooling or any other methods were used to subdue the spider, I was just very lucky. More to follow over the next couple of days, but I think this one is my favourite, I particularly liked how this one came out because of the symmetry to the image. Anyhow here's hoping I haven't frightened you all too much, many thanks to Ann (Pluckyfilly) for yesterday's UA and to everyone else for your kind comments.


Tags: General Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Spiders Garden spider Araneus diadematus Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting Arachnids

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gloccy 7 Scotland
30 Sep 2012 10:14AM
Cracking image. Excellent detail. I took one similar the other week and I keep popping it up on the laptop screen to freak the wife out Ha Ha.

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30 Sep 2012 10:15AM
Ugly brute beautifully captured! Smile
debu 8 India
30 Sep 2012 10:16AM
Lovely detailed image.
30 Sep 2012 10:19AM
My dear boy, you have way too much time on your hands Wink 6 HOURS manipulating and tweaking when you could be out in the field searching for other Ugly's for the next Ball Tongue C'mon man get a life Wink Lol
Brilliant work, the detail is superb and time spent producing it insane !!!! So for your insanity, I award you TongueWink
UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 10:23AM
right thats my morning ruined..waking up to spiders after having to demolish the top shed yesterday......urrrggggghhhhh.

Seriously though..great image!

achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
30 Sep 2012 10:25AM
Stunning work Ade, you have more patience than me mate!


rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
30 Sep 2012 10:29AM
If it were 4ft across Ade, you wouldn't have lasted long Wink Totally new perspective on our garden friendSmile
kaoskode 5 1 United States
30 Sep 2012 10:31AM
Great work image is sharp.
30 Sep 2012 10:41AM
This image is superb, amazing detail & the work whats gone into it is unbelievable.
Metro6R4 7 3 1 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 10:42AM
top class image, very well processed. Paul.
JohnoP 12 2
30 Sep 2012 10:48AM
Splendid work, as always! John
30 Sep 2012 10:49AM
ACE!! Superbly captured with beaut detail.

FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
30 Sep 2012 10:51AM

Quote:My dear boy, you have way too much time on your hands Wink 6 HOURS manipulating and tweaking when you could be out in the field searching for other Ugly's for the next Ball Tongue C'mon man get a life Wink Lol
Brilliant work, the detail is superb and time spent producing it insane !!!! So for your insanity, I award you TongueWink

Have one on me too Ade, excellent detail obtained and the hard work has paid of here mate.
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
30 Sep 2012 10:51AM
I feel an itch coming on...........GrinGrinGrinGrin We have hundreds of these in the garden, they very quickly move into new places and start building...........a bit like Barretts.........GrinGrinGrinGrin
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
30 Sep 2012 10:58AM
What a huge amount of work involved in achieving this marvellous image, Ade, but so worth every minute, the result quite fantastic.
What more can I say?
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
30 Sep 2012 11:06AM did warn us!!!

Brilliantly caught, with stunning details! Smile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
30 Sep 2012 11:44AM
Awesome detail and exceptional eye contact in this frighteningly good extreme close up. I agree with Dean when he says you have way too much time on your hands, I'm sure that Chris Packham would have given you one of his infamous "geek" awards that he gives out on Springwatch and Autumnwatch had he seen this!WinkGrin I'm reluctant to give you an award as I know all the adulation and praise will go to your head and we shall never hear the last of it, but for sheer bloody minded perseverance and dedication to your craft you can have a TT award
zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
30 Sep 2012 12:05PM
great image, well worthy of the awards including an RC. Grin
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
30 Sep 2012 12:35PM
He has a goodly number of eyes-- super image!
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
30 Sep 2012 12:42PM
Like it overall Ade - but you seem to have lost furry detail in the front of its white cross.Smile
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
30 Sep 2012 12:50PM
Thanks for all the comments and very kind awards folks, muchly appreciated........And your right I've too much time on my hands, but that's why I busy myself with such images Wink Wait till you see tomorrows image where it shows off the fangs, I frighten myself with it! Tongue

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
30 Sep 2012 2:47PM
He's a beauty, Ade, obviously in competition with mine Wink Carol
Terry L Plus
14 596 5 England
30 Sep 2012 2:58PM
Excellent macro and stacking work, but that is nothing less than I have come to expect from you Ade.

Look forward to seeing the rest.


pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 3:18PM
So here it is at last, Ade, and well worth the anticipation and the wait.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 4:31PM
Seriously good Ade - what amazing work! Smile
9 10 10 England
30 Sep 2012 4:39PM
I've heard of a dedicated follower of fashion Ade but the dedication you give to your photography is amazing.
A few of these images on the 31st October would prove a sensation.GrinGrin
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
30 Sep 2012 4:45PM
Just amazing.

30 Sep 2012 5:48PM
Definitely one of your best, Ade.
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 5:49PM
Ade, that is one scary beast, how anyone can like spiders i will never understand,Sad a superb rendition and wonderful pov that i have not seen before, awesome my friend.
Well done.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
30 Sep 2012 6:00PM
Fine shot Ade.
30 Sep 2012 6:23PM
love em personally they are fascinating creatures ! stunning shot
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 7:59PM
I have to say that I do NOT like spiders! However....this image is just the best one of a spider I have ever seen and I cannot wait to see more! (Never thought I'd say that!)

PS: good to see you and your wife online last night - hope the hedgehogs are behaving themselves, the baby is so cute!
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 8:09PM
Just thanking god he is not in my bedroom or I wouldn't sleep tonightWink amazing detail
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 10:26PM
Stunning macro and such dedication!
One question - did it stay completely still for those 7-8 minutes?
Otherwise how could you stack them?
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
30 Sep 2012 11:20PM
I like his whiskers and eyebrows.. imagine you need specs for 8 of them Smile
excellent .. but then we expect nothing less from you.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
1 Oct 2012 4:01AM

Quote:One question - did it stay completely still for those 7-8 minutes?

Not entirely Kate, ZereneZP is able to deal with very very slight movement, hence the reason it took me 6 hours to clean the image up to this stage. Obviously if the subject was to decide to walk off, it would have been completely stuffed, but as I said in this case the spider was ever so compliant and stayed still pretty much all the time with just the odd tiny movement. I was very lucky. Smile

saltireblue Plus
8 8.0k 33 Norway
1 Oct 2012 5:54AM
That's well good, Ade, and totally the stuff of nightmares.
Not sure I'd have as much patience as you, 6 hours...respect my man!

When it comes to macro you are the man, excellent capture very good work indeed.

PhillipMinnis 8 94 4 Australia
1 Oct 2012 10:38AM
A top-notch macro image, Ade! Congratulations on the GEA! Well deserved!


Gerryrys 6 1 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2012 2:45PM
Crikey Ade, what a scary beast. Splendid capture though. Look forward to the rest.

1 Oct 2012 3:27PM
fine work Ade one of the best of a spider i have seen reading your write up you certainly do have patience any way a cracking result loving your comment in the forum and must say i agree

1 Oct 2012 7:31PM
Great piece of work! Truly staggering.
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 7:34AM
Just brilliant Ade - your patience is incredible
francisg 14 705 1 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2012 10:28AM
Reminds me that my back garden is full of these monsters. each one has the same colourful markings on the abdomen. Anyone wanting to practise their skills with Macro are welcome !
Homebug76 5 1 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2012 6:23PM
This photo is lip smackingly gorgeous and you have just persuaded me to invest in my 40mm nikkor macro lens after christmas!! Thank you & keep up the good work!!! Grin
30 Nov 2013 5:48PM
Stunning detail; a shot which I haven't shown to my arachnophobe wife!

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