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Old Jun 14, 2014, 6:41 PM   #1
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Default Common irish house spider

Taken in the basement car park. Finding the canon 100mm macro difficult to focus in low light, so used a small flashlight to help illuminate this beastie.


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Old Jun 16, 2014, 8:41 AM   #2
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Nice catch of the spider.
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Old Jun 17, 2014, 9:44 PM   #3
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What a great shot! You really nailed the DOF.

About how big was this spider?

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Old Jun 18, 2014, 3:32 AM   #4
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What a great shot! You really nailed the DOF.

About how big was this spider?

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Thanks! Spider was around 2 inches (6cm) in size, not massive, but for big enough for Ireland. These house spiders (Tegenaria Duellica) can grow up to 8cm in size.

Im really happy with the capture considering it was an early test run of my new cheapskates macro flash rig. Its still not as sharp as id like, and there are a number of areas i need to explore to see if i can remedy that:
  • Play with ultra fine focus for my 100mm macro on my 5D MkII. I think it could be a shade out.
  • Im using a raynox 250 close up lens, which as great as it is, is really just a big magnifying glass, and prob not of the quality of Canon L Glass.
  • Lighting for focus was a challenge. I ended up holding the camera in one hand and a small diode flashlight in the other to get enough light for the lens to focus. this probably made me a little more unsteady than is acceptable.
  • Get better with sharpening and noise control in Photoshop.

I also played the odds game, getting good focus, turning to manual and taking a burst of shots while slowly swaying in toward the subject, so im bound to get one or two in shots of decent focus. Its a good technique that works, but i cant imagine using it if I was shooting film!
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yikes! look at the fangs on that bad boy!! wouldn't want to run into him in the dark!
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Old Jun 29, 2014, 5:38 AM   #6
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Great pic..
I always wonder how spiders build their houses from materials which they produce!
the more you get closer to these creatures the more you get amazed!
Thanks for this pic
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Great shot with fangs.
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