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Old Mar 20, 2011, 1:09 PM   #1
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Default Little Crab Spider,,

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Old Mar 21, 2011, 10:14 AM   #2
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Really pretty shots. I'm always looking for these guys but they are hard to see!
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Thanks Saly, as you can tell, he's pretty small but knowing where to look is key, Ive seen these guys on these flowers many times, so any time I pass flowers like these I will have a look, I always enjoy photographing these and if I can catch then feeding its even better Thanks for looking and commenting !!
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its almost a cute predator. nice detail, i like #1. are they always this color or do they change?
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its almost a cute predator. nice detail, i like #1. are they always this color or do they change?
Thank you for looking and commenting,, I have seen these in yellow before and have been told they do have the capability to change colors,, Ive also seen pics of pink ones,, pretty adaptable species Id say
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Nice little spider and you have captured the white flower well.
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Great macros! can you share your setup/technique?
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Great macros! can you share your setup/technique?
Thanks Banksy and Billbotex,,,
here is a pic of my "macro rig"


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it consists of a Canon 40D, Sigma 105mm macro (no additional tubes used ) a Novoflex Flash bracket , a Canon 430EX with a Lumiquest softbox as a diffuser, the bracket gets the flash up off the camera and usually points down on my subject, the diffuser is a MUST as it softens and spreads the light nicely, I hand hold ALL my macros when shooting live insects and I manually focus the lens as its difficult for the lens to dicipher at close range, then I set my camera to "manual mode" and set at 1/125 shutter, f13 and ISO 100, no need to meter with these settings which is GREAT !! I adjust the camera for however much ambient lighting I want by adjusting ISO or shutter,, that shutter is usually fast enough to stop flying insects and the F stop is the best for best DOF
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That is some serious setup - it's a wonder the insects don't take off when they see that gear looking at them!
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That is some serious setup - it's a wonder the insects don't take off when they see that gear looking at them!
LOL youre right,, Ive gotta approach SLOWLY it is somewhat cumbersome,, but gets the job done
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