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I'm sure he won't bite...
I'm sure he won't bite...
darnok


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Famous Last Words (Basic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-W5
Location: South Africa, Pretoria
Date: Nov 24, 2006
Aperture: 10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/6
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Nov 28, 2006

This is a rainspider that I shot using an Asahi Optical 55mm f/1.8 lens reversed in front of the built-in lens on my camera.

I let him/her go afterwards...

Mild processing:
Noise reduction
Colour balance to fix a yellow cast
Levels to set the black and white point
Curves for some more contrast
Resize to 640x480
Sharpen
Added a thin black border
Save for web

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 112
Avg (all users): 6.5115
Avg (commenters): 7.9444
Avg (participants): 6.2542
Avg (non-participants): 6.5732
Views since voting: 2529
Views during voting: 487
Votes: 305
Comments: 27
Favorites: 0


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08/03/2007 02:48:15 PM
iam pretty sure in south africa these are pretty comon, i am having hard time locating big spiders/tarentulas like this around here. great macro shot. although i would have liked to see more of the spider.
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06/22/2007 02:14:23 AM
This is probably the coolest spider photo I've seen. Well done.
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05/01/2007 09:27:51 AM
eeeeeeeee h8 spiders
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03/31/2007 01:44:06 AM
Yikes! Not the words I would speak upon seeing this guy! Creepy but very effective shot!
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02/18/2007 04:36:38 PM
Sweet spidy pic! WOW he has A LOT of eyes! I had never heard of a rainspider before this moment and now I simply MUST go and look it up :P I love the depth, clarity, colour, and focus! The crop is perfect IMHO because I like to be drawn to an insects' face and not be studying the rest of the body so much... good use of DOF is a nice way of accomplishing this too... as you already know :)
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12/16/2006 10:15:33 AM
Thanks for all the comments and the votes. My highest score yet :)

Originally posted by EarlBaker:

What ... is ... that!? Very creepy.

It's a rain spider, here is a picture of the entire spider I took using the regular macro function on my camera.
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Originally posted by NikonJeb:

YIKES!!!! That seriously creeps me out! I hope you had a really big lens from a safe distance! 8>)

The reversed lens macro setup has fixed focus close to the front the the lens (back element of the reversed lens), so the lens is very much in the face of your subject.

Originally posted by kelbelle:

How many of those do you think it would take to make a nice fur coat? Great macro, it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up! 9

It's about the size of the palm of your hand, so you would a large number of them.
12/08/2006 11:59:25 PM
Congratulations on your top ten with this hairy friend.
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12/07/2006 07:41:40 AM
This is amazing! Perfect photo for this challenge! Congratulations on a top 10 finish!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/04/2006 10:04:04 AM
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ewww. A... um, a stunningly good macro shot.
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12/02/2006 03:00:22 PM
Great macro shot! The DoF is perfect!
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12/01/2006 11:01:41 AM
Wonderful focus and colors. I like the crop too.
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11/30/2006 07:38:37 PM
Yowsers, so crisp. Perhaps a front on perspective would have made more an impact. Apart from that, brilliant.
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11/30/2006 05:17:06 PM
What ... is ... that!? Very creepy.
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11/30/2006 10:57:24 AM
YIKES!!!! That seriously creeps me out! I hope you had a really big lens from a safe distance! 8>)
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11/30/2006 08:00:22 AM
Although this thing terrifies me (how many eyes does he have, anyway?), the head is perfectly sharp, and good background choice.
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11/30/2006 12:53:00 AM
How many of those do you think it would take to make a nice fur coat? Great macro, it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up! 9
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11/29/2006 10:31:15 PM
sick! i hate spiders! nice closeup of that disgusting mug! <3
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11/29/2006 10:30:21 PM
wow, great
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11/29/2006 06:12:43 PM
great
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11/29/2006 05:22:05 PM
Euuuuwwww...what great focus! :P 9
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11/29/2006 03:13:40 PM
The detail in this shot is superb! I hate spiders, and this actually made me back away from my screen. :) Hopefully you were using a 100mm macro and not a 50mm. ;)
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11/29/2006 02:54:15 PM
good macro and cropping
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11/29/2006 02:16:55 PM
Great macro shot!
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11/29/2006 09:47:20 AM
Fantastic macro!! Clarity is excellent.
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11/29/2006 07:15:26 AM
i like the DOF here, the tones, still, this could match other challenges as well, not sure it is that representative for this challenge in particular. So, technically speaking, 9, as per challenge, 3, average, 6
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11/29/2006 04:49:01 AM
what a beauty!
terrifying hairy
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11/29/2006 01:17:02 AM
Wow great detail.
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