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Posted By: Marc Langille, 01-20-2008, 11:50 AM

While rooting through my images, I came across some images I took last September. I got a frantic request by Sharon to come outside. "You should see this spider - it's huge!" Of course, I am thinking it's a large wolf spider or something. Then she takes me over to the trees - holy geez that's a big spider web...!! This was taken in pitch dark conditions, with Sharon shining a flashlight on our subject to allow me to focus...

To put it into perspective, this large fellow was spinning a web between two tree trunks, 8 feet apart... the top of the web was over my head, and I'm over 6' 2" (~188cm)...

On to the photos... (just a light sharpening to help the contrast)

Used my K10D and FA* 200/4 macro, and hot shoe mounted AF540FGZ flash. Taken at F/11, 1/180 sec., 200mm, ISO 200... first shot:

Details of the underside:

Now for the top shots (aperture up to F/16 was the only change):

Detail shot:

So when do y'all wanna come to Arkansas and experience nature... ??


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01-20-2008, 11:56 AM   #2
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outstanding Marc that is the kind of shots I want to be able to take. The detail is amazing. I love spiders and this shot is lovely ! Bring on some more !
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First rate

Excellent detail and captures. Quite a prickly looking spider !
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Holy smokes! Excellence...

01-20-2008, 01:02 PM   #5
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Great shots Marc. I'm hoping to get some similar shots with my new macro lens.

I'll have to work pretty hard to match those, though.

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Now that is what I call spider macros Marc, superb photos of an Orb Weaver. Thanks for posting them.

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Excellent shots of a very ugly critter. Nothing like running into one of those guys webs on your way out of the woods at night.

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That is one ugly, scary son-of-a-biscuit.
Awesome shots but I'm never going into the woods at night again!
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Definitely nice shots of an Orb Weaver. Harmless to you, but great to have around!!!!
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Those images are beautiful Marc,
Now where are those Black Widows hiding around here, I suddenly have the urge to photograph them
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Awsome shots Marc. The detail in these is amazing.
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Those are excellent Marc. That's one scary lookin' critter up close. Great detail in these shots. It's a little cold here to be finding anything like that up here right now.

You'll have to get one of those miners hats with a light and go do some more hunting at night!!

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QuoteOriginally posted by daacon Quote
outstanding Marc that is the kind of shots I want to be able to take. The detail is amazing. I love spiders and this shot is lovely ! Bring on some more !
Thanks Dave! It was taken from around 2 ft. away. I shall endeavour to oblige...

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Excellent detail and captures. Quite a prickly looking spider !
Thanks Spyglass! Glad you both enjoyed...
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Excellent, Marc. Spiders seem to weave at night, at least that's what I'm discovering.

These shots are awesome but not scary in the least - get a front shot, showing the eyes and I'd be the first to run off.

Thanks for the setup details.
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Absolutely fabulous Marc! These are my favorite type of spiders to photograph. I love the color and complexity they provide. We call them garden spiders, and I only see them late summer/early fall. Right around when you took these images. Great work Marc. Thanks for digging 'em up and sharing.

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