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Old Apr 6, 2007, 5:38 AM   #1
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Today is a really HOT day. Was at a park, and really could not find any thing significant to shoot. Than bump into some chaps who showed me the Butterfly... Anyway, I flop at taking butts, so none came out nicely.

So while shooting at butts, saw this Heavy Jumper. This is a different type from those I normally take.....more hairy and larger. And it eats Caterpillars!...small one though.

Due to strong sunlight, slave flash did not really work. So used only one flash mostly.

FZ10+Raynox 250, F8, ISO50, diffused flash, various speeds.

#1: First : The Heavy Jumper
1/200s


#2: Another pose
1/250s


#3: Next: The Caterpillar
Ok, this is a larger caterpillar, than the one that is being attacked.
1/640s


#4: The approach
1/320s


#5: Before the END
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Very interestingly, this spider was very smart. It stared at the caterpillar for a very long time (#4) as if sizing it up. Than it went around it, behind the leaf and came from the top again, as if calculating the best approach. I seriously think it WAS thinking of how to approach it. So the final analysis was in #5 before it pounced.

#6: The Pounce!
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#7: The drag
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Usually after a while, it will drag its prey


#8: My Prey!
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#9:Close up
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Old Apr 6, 2007, 6:00 AM   #2
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Awesome series of shots there Tchuanye.Oustanding focus and detail.You`ve managed a great effect in shot 5, excellent perspective on that one. Nice work!!

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Old Apr 6, 2007, 6:18 AM   #3
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Awesome series of shots there Tchuanye.Oustanding focus and detail.You`ve managed a great effect in shot 5, excellent perspective on that one. Nice work!!

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Thanks Mark! I was actually aiming to have the JS in focus! :-)

If the Js hadn't move so fast, I probably would have got different views of that action!
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Old Apr 6, 2007, 6:22 AM   #4
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Thanks for the slide-show, Tan. Good pictorial documentary to explain "Survival of the Fittest". Both the spider and caterpillar are beautiful, but when nature decides only one of them can survive, we can only be spectators. I like #3 most - the leaf looks as thick as a slice of bread! The "approach" shot is also fantastic. I wonder -since you say the spider took a long time in assessing how to attack- whether the caterpillar is blind or was so keenon munching the leaf that it failed to note the spider.
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these are simply amazing....

great detail and for an arachnaphobe I've managed to lose fear until the end as the plot was interesting enough.

Superb Work

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Thanks for the slide-show, Tan. Good pictorial documentary to explain "Survival of the Fittest". Both the spider and caterpillar are beautiful, but when nature decides only one of them can survive, we can only be spectators. I like #3 most - the leaf looks as thick as a slice of bread! The "approach" shot is also fantastic. I wonder -since you say the spider took a long time in assessing how to attack- whether the caterpillar is blind or was so keenon munching the leaf that it failed to note the spider.
Thanks. The Caterpillar did react, it fudge and moved but still stayed around there.
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these are simply amazing....

great detail and for an arachnaphobe I've managed to lose fear until the end as the plot was interesting enough.

Superb Work

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Thanks!
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Old Apr 6, 2007, 8:31 AM   #8
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Great shots, I've always liked your jumping spiders.
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A very nice series, Tan. Exceptional as has come to be expected of your posts.


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Not only are your shots excellent but you always find interesting shots to take. I do believe I can see you reflected in the spiders eyes.
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