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Spider Under the Deck

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by Lisa, Aug 11, 2005.

  1. Lisa


    May 3, 2005
    Hello everybody:

    I just got back from 2 weeks in the northwoods of Minnesota. I saw some interesting insects up there and some of the biggest dragonflies I have ever seen. Unfortunately, with a three-year-old, I found little time to devote to macro shooting. Here is one of the many shots I took of a spider I found under the deck. Taken with the 60mm Micro and SB800 in TTL -1.0EV. Wish I could have gotten more of his legs in focus but this spider didn't stay in one place too long.

    Thanks for viewing.

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    Camera Model: NIKON D70
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    Date/Time: 2005:07:30 14:12:53
    Shutter speed: 1/60 sec
    Aperture: 14.0
    Exposure mode: Av
    Flash: NORMAL
    Metering mode: Multi-segment
    ISO: 200
    Lens: 60.0 mm
    Focal length: 60.0mm
    Focal length: 90mm (in 35mm film)
    AF mode: AF-S
    Image size: 2240 x 1488
    Rotation: none
    Image quality: FINE
    White balance: AUTO
    Saturation: Low
    Sharpness: NONE
    Contrast: AUTO
    Hue adjustment: -3
  2. Leigh


    Feb 19, 2005
    Nice shot, Lisa....but all I really can think is.....ICK!!! I'm just not a spider fan. Had a huge hairy specimen crawl over my flip-flopped foot in the garden this morning....ugh!

    That really is a nice capture though. I like the diagonal lines of the background. Well done!
  3. Lisa, great shot with fantastic clarity, but I have to agree with Leigh ~ ICK!!! I just hate spiders and would never dream of getting as close as you did here. Good job, nonetheless!! ;) 
  4. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    OK Lisa, the difference between your spider shot and mine is....the Tamron 180 has a working distance of 12-18 inches, but with the Nikkor 60 you had to be within less than 6. You've got more guts that I do. :lol:

    Excellent capture. :wink:
  5. MontyDog


    Jan 30, 2005
    #1064 - You have an error in your SQL syntax;
  6. Nice fat spider Lisa, I wouldn't worry about not having all the legs in focus, getting the head and body is hard enough.

    The angled lines work well here.

  7. JeffKohn


    Apr 21, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Very nice shot. I think the DOF is fine. Have to agree with whoever else said that given the working distance the 60mm wouldn't be my lens of choice for a shot like this but hey, more power to ya. :) 
  8. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Great image, Lisa. I really like the angle of the spider in the image and the DOF is very nice. Tack sharp image....
  9. Excellent Lisa, good focus, sharpness and color. What more could one ask for?
  10. mrtac2man


    Jun 3, 2005
    think you did well.. so what if 2 of the legs are not in focus..with auto focus you did a great job... have had to use manual focus to get any close to this...again great job..

  11. Lisa


    May 3, 2005
    Boy, did I miss you guys! I would like to thank all of you individually but I don't know how to take advantage of the website options yet. Thank you all so much!

    We were able to get our computer set up but only on dial-up and that was like the dark ages. I couldn't view or post to threads that had a lot of pictures in them because the dial-up service would cut me off. I have a lot of catching up to do.

    The spider was there the entire time and I had to poke it out of it's hole. I have gotten pretty brave around bees and spiders since I've gotten into macro shooting and sometimes I surprise myself but one of these days, I fear I'm going to pay the price :lol:
  12. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Great Job Lisa,
    Neat spider, glad he is yours :>)))))))

    I would have given it a try to. Camera in hand ....NO FEAR !!!!!

    Welcome back and home.

    Hope you had a wonderful time and look foward to some pics.
  13. Lisa,

    I am so glad you posted this image. I think it is fantastic! Yes, you are very brave, spiders, ick ick! :shock: Then again, I grabbed a deck chair and planted myself over a yellow jacket nest. 8) We are both definitely living on the edge! 8) LOL :lol:

    Glad you're back in town.
  14. Lisa


    May 3, 2005
    Thank you Gale and Crystall! And Crystall, your bravery with those yellow jackets has clearly outdone anything I've ever gotten remotely close to :lol:

    Glad to be home, too!
  15. Greg


    Apr 5, 2005
    Fayetteville, TN
    good shot. love the hair detail.
  16. Super picture. You must have had good light to get away with f/14 and 1/60s.
  17. Excellent Lisa, this one gave me the willies.
  18. Gordon Large

    Gordon Large Guest

    Hi Lisa -

    This is a really nice capture! I'm curious - what was your shooting distance with the 60mm macro? You may have noticed in my butterfly post that I'm thinking about getting a macro, but I have no idea of the pluses and minuses of a short macro like yours vs. a 200mm and everything in between. Any thoughts or recommendations?

  19. Lisa


    May 3, 2005

    I don't know how to put quotes in messages, but you are right. I had good light as I used the SB800. I really wanted to get the whole spider in focus and I always cheat and look at the LCD monitor and shoot until I like what I see.

    Thank you sbuttrick. Gave even my husband the willies, too!

    Thanks Greg. I didn't know they had hair, either. My little guy calls them "pinchies".


    I was about 4 inches from this spider. Believe me, you wouldn't want this lens for butterflies. As a matter of fact, I'm looking for a macro that does butterflies. I have gotten some smaller butterflies, but it takes a lot of work and is very frustrating. I have been very lucky with bugs and it takes some stalking. I usually start snapping away at a comfortable distance from the insect and slowly get closer while shooting. Sometimes they stay where they are but more often than not, the subject takes off. I would seriously ask Martin what he would recommend. I wish I could give you more information, but I am in the exact same boat as you. If you find out which is lens is best, please let me know :) 
  20. Hi Lisa and Gordon L.,

    I am no expert, but I have tried a few of Nikon's micro lenses and for stalking insects I prefer the 70-180 or 200mm micro. I had a chance to acquire the 70-180mm micro lens first, but I checked out the 200mm for a long time. I will probably wait until next year to acquire that one.

    In the meantime, I find the effective working distance of the larger or longer (sorry terminology thing again) to be most advantageous. Either lens gives you the ability to stand at least 12 inches or more from your subject. The 70-180 is a zoom macro (unfortunately it was discontinued a while ago and BH was selling gray market copies). The 200mm micro is legendary, see other topics for examples. We have a few members who perform magic with that lens.

    One nice feature about the micro lenses is that you can use the close up filters (5T and 6T) on all of them.
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