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vaiboy May 12, 2007 4:26 PM

I saw this jumper hopping around in the grass, needles to say it was next to impossible to get a clean shot.

rafinmelb May 12, 2007 8:12 PM

Had a laugh at this. Looks like you were playing peek-a-boo with the spider.

happy_peasant May 12, 2007 11:48 PM

I get that with tele shots also where you can tell there is something in the way yet see the image anyway. I guess it works for other shots also looking at these. Nice set.

vaiboy May 13, 2007 12:30 AM

Thanks for the comments raf and happy!

Raf - It sort of felt like playing a game with the spider. Sometimes it would jump away and I would lose it for a minute.Then I would find it againsitting on a blade of grass six inches away staring at me.

Happy - It's been a while since I was in a physics class, soI can't really explain why it works. It's probably something about light bending around objects.

Mark H May 13, 2007 3:47 AM

Clean shots or not I still like these Vaiboy. Nice lighting and sharpness on all of them. Having played the same cat and mouse game with zebra spiders I had to have a chuckle thinking about how you got these shots.


bayourebel May 13, 2007 3:35 PM

Nice shots and BTW my grandson, who just left really enjoyed looking at photos by you and Tan. He loves to try to catch insects, but we have to keep an eye on him.

Don't want him grabbing something he may regret.

vaiboy May 13, 2007 4:55 PM

Thanks Mark and bayourebel!

bayourebel - You should get your grandson a camera, there's less of a chance he will get hurt if he's only taking pictures ofcritters.

Here's another jumping spider from this morning. It's one of the largest and most aggresive jumpers I have ever seen. It had no fear, this was the only shot I was able to get because it kept jumping on me and my camera. Any time I got the lens close enough to focus the spider pounced on it. After about 20 minutes of trying to get another shot I gave up. The spider jumped on my hand one last time,so I took it to an area where a bunch of flies were resting and turned it loose.

bayourebel May 13, 2007 7:55 PM

Nice shot. Wallace really liked it. First thing he said was Four eyes.

tcook May 13, 2007 11:10 PM

You may not have got a clean shot but you got some great ones. Very hard to get shots that clear when something won't stay still.

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