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Old Apr 5, 2006, 4:43 PM   #1
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I was so excited to get my new macro that I just started shooting anything I could find. It's been so wet here in No. Cal that going outside has not been an option. So, I shot a couple pics of my half grown (3" long) Red Knee Tarantula "Ruby". I used the on board flash and all of the pics had to have the levels adjusted in PS Elements to brighten them up. Still, not bad considering. I can't wait to get outside in the Sun ( I think that 's what we used to call it? It's been so long.) and shoot up a storm. As I said, I just wanted to test the Macro capabilities so no real effort was made for composition. Having that said, comments are always welcome. All the best, Spider Steve

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Old Apr 5, 2006, 4:44 PM   #2
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#2 A little closer

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Old Apr 5, 2006, 4:46 PM   #3
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#3 Closer still.* FYI that clump on top is the Ocular Tubercle, where the eight eyes are located.* Still, they are practically blind as a bat.**[img]/forums/images/emoticons/sprachlos020.gif[/img]


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Old Apr 5, 2006, 9:24 PM   #4
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much too close for me LOL! very nice detail- i hope the sun comes out soon for you, looking forward to your photos
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What amazing details. Problem with these little animals is the angle of shooting. Well done. Jaki.
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Old Apr 8, 2006, 4:35 PM   #6
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Thanks Julies517, I know that these big spiders can give some the creeps. Thanks for your comments too Jaki, as I said, I didn't take any time to compose or even think through the shots. I just started clicking away trying the different settings just to see what the lens could do. Eventually I will take the little blokes out( I have three others as well) and try a more dramatic pose. Lower and as close as I can get. Until then I will continue to experiment with the lens on more benign subjects. Preferably something that doesn't have venom. Although I must say, for big, giant, hairy spider, Ruby does have a very sweet disposition . LOL. All the best, Steve
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