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MP-E Spiders: Up close and personal

 
Don ­ Komarechka
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Sep 19, 2010 10:45 |  #1

I've been having some fun with spiders this summer, whenever I find them I usually scurry to put my macro kit together and snap a shot. All of these photos are hand-held. Enjoy!

#1 - This guy found a hole in a leaf and balanced himself (or herself) inside it

IMAGE: http://don.komarechka.com/images/potn/spiders/_MG_0137.jpg

#2 - Zebra Spider, on the wall just outside my front door
IMAGE: http://don.komarechka.com/images/potn/spiders/_MG_0700.jpg

#3 - a very well-camouflaged crab spider
IMAGE: http://don.komarechka.com/images/potn/spiders/_MG_0806.jpg

#4 Not sure what this guy is, but it was hanging between two flowers.
IMAGE: http://don.komarechka.com/images/potn/spiders/_MG_0988.jpg

#5 - we have these critters at work around our building. Anyone know the ID?
IMAGE: http://don.komarechka.com/images/potn/spiders/_MG_1302.jpg

#6 - Daring Jumping Spider. It kept jumping on my camera when I would get it in focus!
IMAGE: http://don.komarechka.com/images/potn/spiders/_MG_9185.jpg

#7 - European Garden Spider. This one lives outside my bathroom window
IMAGE: http://don.komarechka.com/images/potn/spiders/european-garden-spider.jpg

#8 - Up close and personal with the above spider.
IMAGE: http://don.komarechka.com/images/potn/spiders/european-garden-spider-closeup.jpg


So, what do you all think?

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Sep 19, 2010 16:26 |  #2

nice set of shots




  
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Sep 19, 2010 20:20 |  #3

nice series




  
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Sep 20, 2010 00:45 |  #4

LOvely series of shots
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Sep 20, 2010 07:43 |  #5

Thanks everyone! Spiders are certainly not my favourite things in the world, but they are one of my favourite things to photograph. :)


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Sep 20, 2010 15:29 |  #6

GREAT series! Love it! Good work!


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Sep 20, 2010 22:02 |  #7

Awesome shots! Makes me want to drop the money for an MP-E lens! You do it justice!

Don Komarechka wrote in post #10941903 (external link)
Thanks everyone! Spiders are certainly not my favourite things in the world, but they are one of my favourite things to photograph. :)

I agree! I used to be quite arachnophobic, but since seeing them through a viewfinder, I see myself being less freaked out by them! I'm desensitizing myself!


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Sep 20, 2010 23:21 |  #8

great shots i could never i hate spiders haha




  
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Sep 21, 2010 06:05 |  #9

Great series. Do you prefer a ring flash over a strobe? I see you use a ring flash because I can see it in the reflection of the spiders eyes.

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Sep 21, 2010 06:18 |  #10

Don Komarechka wrote in post #10941903 (external link)
Thanks everyone! Spiders are certainly not my favourite things in the world, but they are one of my favourite things to photograph. :)

These are great! Thanks for sharing. IMO, spiders are just about the ugliest things there are (all those legs, all those eyes and the way they eat - ugh!)... But they are also very interesting creatures...

Back in the 1970s, I had a "pet" tarantula for a few months. At the same time, it was the most ugly and the most "beautiful" thing I'd ever seen.

:shock: :)


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Sep 21, 2010 12:32 |  #11

Lovely shots.


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Sep 21, 2010 14:14 |  #12

very nice series,like the crab spider best

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Sep 24, 2010 01:29 |  #13

Nice set, like how the spider poses in the hole in #1 :D


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Sep 27, 2010 08:52 |  #14

canonslr999 wrote in post #10948098 (external link)
Great series. Do you prefer a ring flash over a strobe? I see you use a ring flash because I can see it in the reflection of the spiders eyes.

Leo

Hi Leo,

I'd love to play around with a standard diffused strobe a bit more - I use the ring flash simply for ease of use. These shots are all hand-held, so that give me one less thin g to worry about.

Some people find it distracting as a catch light, and I have received great comments from others on the same effect. Many things to try next season for sure!


Thanks to everyone for the great comments! They are all very much appreciated!


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