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Spiny Spider
Lens: DA 55-300 @ 300mm Camera: K20D Photo Location: Everglades, FL ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/180s Aperture: F9.5 
Posted By: WPRESTO, 09-09-2010, 11:34 AM

This little orb-weaver (Gasteracantha) is quite common in the southeastern states. I used a Canon 500T on the DA 55-300 to get enough magnification (didn't bring the 200 macro this trip - too much weight with other equipment). The pop-up flash was used in PTTL with spot metering because wind was blowing the web almost two inches fore-aft, into and out of focus in a twinkling. It was difficult to pick the right focus point for the web at rest (camera was tripod mounted). This is the best of about 10 shots - in most others the web was blown out of focus. The image quality is OK, especially considering that about 1/4 width & height of the original has been cropped away. It's hard to appreciate the detail of the original in this posted 116KB file, but this rig obviously isn't going to provide the IQ of the 200 macro.

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09-09-2010, 11:39 AM   #2
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Very nice photo! The detail is made up for by the excellent composition and colors!
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Nice shot of that Spinybacked Orb Weaver. I had one here at my house until my nephew inadvertently knocked her web down.

Here's mine: Hope you don't mind me posting this one.

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No problem photolady, glad to have you aboard. Observing numerous examples of this spider, I noticed almost all are on the downward tilted surface of their web. To get the cephalothorax, I had to set the tripod low and shoot upward at a rather steep angle.

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superb capture of a spider i've never seen before..... beautiful and frightening at the same time... dave m
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WPRESTO thats one fine shot of a most interesting critter. You really worked the dof great and the color is splended. Post again!
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We call them Christmas Spiders over here because you only see them out around Christmas Time then they disappear. They are very colourful.
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ooo pretty

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Thanks to all for positive comments.
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Great shot of a wonderful creature!
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Thanks Rense. I've a way to go to get to your level. By the way, I've also photographed this spider, or a nearly identical one, in Hawaii. It's so similar I suspect it's an invasive from the continent.
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