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Tiny spider
Tiny spider

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Challenge: Minimalism (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: My Garden
Date: Apr 26, 2005
Aperture: 5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Apr 26, 2005


Place: 279 out of 492
Avg (all users): 5.0883
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Views since voting: 757
Views during voting: 454
Votes: 351
Comments: 18
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05/10/2005 07:21:37 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club. Thank you for entering the DPChallenge, Minimalism.

A green spider in the flower, is a good capture. The tiny spider is almost hiding from view. You can see some of its features, slowly crawling into its own world. Probably looking for food or shelter.
Good details on the spider. Its a bit hidden though, some of its body is out of view. It would have been better to see the front body parts, especially more of its eyes.

Technically the focal point is the green spider. However, the flower that surrounds him is out of focus. A better depth of field shot would have been less distracting to the viewers. I am not sure what type of lens you used, but sometimes on "macro" and closeups, the camera acts funny. It does not know what to do. It looks like this shot is very close, probably less than 8 inches.

Another factor to consider is your aperture settings. I see that its on F/5. A photo attempt like this one would be better with small aperture. The smallest as possible on your lens. Most of todays lens go down to 1.8 and average about 3.5- 4.0. At F/5.0 your depth of field will not be good.

The smaller the aperture the (larger f/number), the wider the depth of field (range of acceptable focus). The larger aperture (smaller f/number the narrower the depth of field.

Overall a great capture of Mr. Spider. It certainly met the criteria for a minimalism shot. It would have been better image if you had gotten the eyes in the frame. I can see one eye open, and the other would have made this photo more appealing.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/03/2005 05:44:16 PM
I love it....is that an arachnus pradanctitus? They certainly are my favourite for macro photography.
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05/02/2005 09:10:32 PM
The detail in the flowers makes this a little too busy. 5
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04/30/2005 09:55:37 PM
woah, is that it's eye on the side? nice DOF.
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04/30/2005 03:01:24 PM
Well done. Great use of DOF to focus on the spider and not the rose.
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04/30/2005 12:47:51 PM
Whoa that spider is tiny, it would be better on a simple background though, against something to compare it's size. nice attept, 3
04/29/2005 06:37:59 PM
They hid in there. I would like more DOF.
04/29/2005 05:49:21 PM
The DOF here is perfect. Love the pastels.
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04/29/2005 12:15:16 PM
Nice macro shot and unlike some of the other macros i've seen this one fits the challenge better to my eyes than others, good job
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04/29/2005 04:33:55 AM
Nice shot! Creepy, but nice!
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04/28/2005 10:16:12 PM
Very cool point of view, the bright yellow behind the spider really brings it out
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04/28/2005 02:02:06 PM
the color is a bit off and the pic is a bit blurry
04/28/2005 04:18:32 AM
image of spider is good but the foreground is out of focus and a bit messy to look at which is a shame as it would be a nice image
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04/27/2005 09:49:47 PM
I like your subject. The spider stands out nicely against the yellow background. Because of its brightness, the blur on the left side of the frame pulls focus unfortunately.
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04/27/2005 09:04:50 PM
more light on the spider would make him stand out more -- of course you'd need him to stay still while you adjusted everything
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04/27/2005 12:09:47 PM
very nice pic. I like the dichotomy of the spider on the pretty flowers. I don't like him being almost dead center.
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04/27/2005 08:31:47 AM
Feels a little busy for a minimalist piece, but nice all the same
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04/27/2005 02:15:02 AM
i love the colors on edges of petals...not sure about the extra blur on outter edges...
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