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Old Nov 11, 2007, 6:32 PM   #1
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I found this spider making a web along a trail under a forest of Oak and Fir. The light wasdimdueto the thickcanapy but a filtered sunbeam was illuminating thelittle guy and his web. Thespider was very active and bouncing around so notall shots are in focus. The web making process was amazing thing to watch.

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Lets see now, take Line A and wrap around line B while looping C through E ... or was that D?











D'OH!!






Another resident waiting for a meal.




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Old Nov 11, 2007, 7:10 PM   #2
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Great series of photo's.



I have several spiders that set up camp around my porch lights during the summer months..I'll have to get some pictures of them when they return. :|
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Old Nov 11, 2007, 7:45 PM   #3
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Those Orb Weavers are amazing. Nice captures of it's work, Kent.

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Old Nov 11, 2007, 8:41 PM   #4
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Really cool - it's amazing that such a tiny creature can have web making programmed in their head!

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Old Nov 11, 2007, 10:47 PM   #5
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cool spider macros. my favorite was the last. i think i would have liked a bit more dof on the first spider inorder to get more of the spider in focus. very tough when the dof is shallow.

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Old Nov 12, 2007, 10:21 AM   #6
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Thanks 3RDI, VP, Jim and Royce for looking and the kind comments.

Royce, I used my 300mm F4 lens with a 1.4tc to get a closer working distance ~4 feet :G. Using the telephoto gives one a larger DOF to work withthan a plain macro lensbut in this situationI was fighting a moving subject along with 1/60 and 1/100 shutter speeds. Ibelieve the focus issue in frame one is more due to twitching legs than a DOF issue. I have to remember to take my flash along next time. :idea:

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Old Nov 12, 2007, 10:54 AM   #7
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Webweaving is amazing, but even more amazing is how they get the "guy wires" attached to the widespreadpoints they something use. Given the conditions, these are excellent, but as you imply, flashwould make a significant difference. I find the built-in flash quite useful - even indispensible - with some closeups in the field (provided the lens is not so long that it interferes).
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Excellent shooting Kent! Love your background...cheers....Don
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