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Challenge: Free Study 2015-05 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: England
Date: May 18, 2015
Aperture: 18.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: May 18, 2015

This is a jumping spider - specifically a male zebra spider (salticus scenicus). He refused to stay still, so I found a moth and fed it to him - after that he was content to watch me and pose for a few seconds at a time. These guys are tiny, so a lot of magnification was required.
Equipment was the Canon L 100-400 IS USM on the end of three stacked extension tubes. Tripod, remote release, flash on a hotshoe extension cable hand-held right in front of the subject.

Editing was rotation, crop, cloning out distracting dust in the background, dodge and burn.

I haven't submitted here in a while and am fully expecting this to tank due to the 800px size, which apparently is no longer the done thing here :)

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06/28/2015 03:09:18 PM
Hey Eugene,

This comment is part of my participation in the DPC Critique Club. There are more things I find to be striking about this shot than things that detract. What I really like is the dramatic lighting and bold compositional choices that include generous amount of shadow above the subject and the splash of color on the right. In combination with the spider's apparent upward glance, this becomes a powerful tableau with a touch of mystery. The primary negative for me is the soft focus on the main subject. I suspect this may be a result of the setup and the optics you were working with, or perhaps an artifact of diffusion created at f/18. But it's a small criticism on a very strong image.
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06/05/2015 11:04:58 AM
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supurb!!!!! My favorite spider photo so far!!! I love macros of spiders!!
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