One of our garden residents


Mannesty

Link Posted 29/08/2011 - 16:00
This is an Argiope Lobata (Loabed Argiope) spider. Female I think. She's made her home in our garden for the last few weeks having spun her web between our fence and our Yuca, so I thought it was about time I took some photo's of her. She's approximately 5-6 cms front to back, side to side, including her legs.

K5 + grip + Sigma EX DG 180mm Macro + AF160FC flash . . . and a torch.

The torch was not strictly necessary because the modelling lights of the flash cast enough light for focussing, until the batteries failed.

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#5


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snappychappy

Link Posted 29/08/2011 - 16:55
Beautiful light and detail on all shot's, but love no.s 2 and 3.
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Mannesty

Link Posted 29/08/2011 - 17:51
I forgot one . . .

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aliengrove

Link Posted 29/08/2011 - 17:53
#5 for me, it seems to have a bit more contrast than the rest, excellent shot.
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Mannesty

Link Posted 29/08/2011 - 18:09
Thanks for your comments. My personal favourite is #4 because she looks a bit more menacing I think. Getting the eyes in focus through her legs wasn't easy using only the modelling lights of the flash in the dark either.

I should have added in my original post that I also used a monopod for stability.
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Last Edited by Mannesty on 29/08/2011 - 18:27

Mike-P

Link Posted 29/08/2011 - 19:09
5 for me as well, full body shot and a little more contrast.

Another thing I miss about Spain, much better subjects for a macro shooter. I have hardly seen any Dragon flys here this year, over there I used to see swarms of the things.
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Mannesty

Link Posted 29/08/2011 - 23:18
Thanks Mike, but oddly enough, I've not seen many dragonflys here this year. We usually get them skimming across the pool but not this year for some reason.

Even the Cicadas & Crickets don't seem to have such a strong 'voice' this year.
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Mannesty

Link Posted 02/09/2011 - 22:39
I wanted to take some more of this spider, but after a night and day of heavy rain, she's gone
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Last Edited by Mannesty on 02/09/2011 - 22:42
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