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Old Oct 4, 2010, 7:23 PM   #1
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I've been feeling a little better this past week and with the weather being a bit cooler, I decided to get out and get a little fresh air at the nature preserve. It was a gorgeous day. Sun ny skies with a few fluffy clouds and a nice breeze. about 82*. This is the first time I've been there this time of year and was surprised by the difference in foliage. Lush and green. Lots of leaves and many different kinds of vegetation. What surprised me the most was the lack of what is normally here. I only saw 4 Great Blue Herons apposed to maybe 50, and just a hand full of Ibis, Snowy Egrets and More hens. I could hear plenty of birds singing and calls but, I couldn't see them through the heavy cover. What there was plenty of were, dragonflies, butterflies and other insects. The only problem was they wouldn't stay still long enough to get any decent photos.
Normally when we come here I take between 5-9 hundred photos. This time I came home with 350 and only a few worth sharing.


Enough rambling, here are a few shots of a spider on a web about 3 ft over my head and about 10 ft from me. the spider was wrapping up lunch, an unfortunate Gulf fritillary butterfly. First shot was without flash. 300mm, F:9.5 1/2000th ISO 200
Not bad for a silhouette I guess but, I wanted more detail so, I popped the flash up...



F:13, 1/180th
Got more detail but, didn't like the sky or fringe...




After several more tries, I decided to get out the 540 and see if it helped...



Yeah, now that's more like it! Here is a crop. Same settings as above. the one lens I didn't bring was a macro. didn't think I'd need it... couldn't have gotten close enough to this guy anyway but, some other opportunity's I did miss, and wished I had it.

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Old Oct 4, 2010, 7:31 PM   #2
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excellent capture, glad for your persistency. It surely proved to be rewarding
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The flash sure made a difference. I haven't done much macro recently and had forgotten how useful a flash is for it. I like the pictures but feel sorry for the butterfly
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Nice work!

Those are my favourite spiders of all time, gutted I didn't see any when I was in Florida a few years ago...
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Sure does show the advantage of flash - and of some good equpment in talented hands!!
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Thanks for all the comments Guys.
Ash, if you didn't it must be cause you scared em all away!
We have a bunch of them.
Mole, don;t know about talent but, I do get lucky once in a while.
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Ash, if you didn't it must be cause you scared em all away!
LOL it must have been!

A mate of mine in Japan posted a few pics of similar spiders on another forum, after I gushed with enthusiasm about crawling around in bushes looking for them, he reminded me about their toxicity. I am going to Japan 3 weeks this Friday, on my own, so probably best if I don't get too enthusiastic with these fella's if they are as potent as he claims lol.

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So good to hear you are up and about John !

Nice shot of that spider ... looks very cool, I've never seen them before.
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