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Old Dec 18, 2003, 11:58 PM   #1
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This is a shot of a female spider in her courting colors. The day after taking this shot, I saw a much smaller male spider with simular orange and yellow colors cautiously doing a little dance for her, hoping for a little lovin' but fearing becoming lunch. Unfortunately I didn't have charged batteries to get a pic of the event, and when I did make it back with my cam, he was hiding under a leaf, and I couldn't make him come out. Apparently the dance was over. He was gone the next day, and a few days later, she had lost her beautiful colors, and was just a drab brown spider. <img src=http://img6.photobucket.com/albums/v16/Jack_Nickelless/Courting_Colors.jpg>
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Old Dec 21, 2003, 6:46 PM   #2
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she had lost her beautiful colors, and was just a drab brown spider
Indigestion perhaps?

It looks as if either the camera moved or there was a bit of a breeze, which is too bad since it's one of those things you can't go back to reshoot. Something I've learned is to increase shutter speed even at the risk of underexposure. You can always increase the exposure artificially in Photoshop or whatever after the fact. I do this a lot because I hate hauling my tripod around with me.
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Old Dec 21, 2003, 8:50 PM   #3
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Hi Babara, It's nice to hear from you again. The movement was probably from me but there could have been a breeze. But yeah, I do wish the shot was a lot sharper. I will use your advice in future shots and appreciate it so much.
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