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Australian Huntsman spider
28-APR-2004 John down under, spider man! ;^)

Australian Huntsman spider

Adelaide, Australia

This huntsman spider was sitting on the wall of the restroom at work. It looks mean and is not a tiny spider, but not really huge either. However, huntsman spiders are usually not a problem for people at all (except where people are scared by them) as they just eat insects, keep the place tidy and smile at the camera like this one here. :o)

It took me a while to get used to living in houses with huntsman spiders, but I eventually got used to them. They are territorial, so if you find one in a room, you can be pretty sure there will not be another one too close.

There you go. Don't you feel better about this guy now? :o)

Here's some more info:

Minolta DiMAGE A1
1/100s f/11.0 at 50.5mm iso100 with Flash full exif

other sizes: small medium original
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Wyverne 25-Jul-2007 11:59
Have been scared of spiders for many many years :) Still am. Have been doing some research lately into spiders as im going to Australia for a number of months, down to Melbourne in Queensland. I would like to say that your site is great and your attitude has helped make them seem less scary :P its nice to know that although the huntsmen (very common in melbourne) are huge, that they are harmless and actually provide a service in terms of keeping away insects :) thanks for your site, please keep up the great work.
Pauline23-Jul-2005 08:54
Jennifer Zimmerman21-Jul-2005 14:34
amazing photos John. Most people would never get close enough to see all the detail you have captured. I like them as they eat other pests.
John Harvey Photography06-Oct-2004 12:01
Thanks Pauline. I hoped people wouldn't find these guys too creepy. I've really come to appreciate bugs (including spiders) much more since I've been photographing them and getting to know how they act so that I can get them into suitable poses. They don't look so bad to me any more. Cheers, John
Guest 05-Oct-2004 21:30
even though i hate spiders, i think this gallery
is did a wonderful job on it....
thanks for sharing....
John Harvey Photography30-Apr-2004 11:51
Hi Philip,
I saw this guy in the restroom one day and took my camera back the next. He(?) must have known I was coming back with my camera because he had positioned himself in full view ready for the portrait. The slight variation you can see in the colour of the background across the top of the frame is the ceiling, so I had to climb on a chair to get close enough for the macro shot.
I was pleased with how well the pic turned out when I magnified it on the A1 monitor, then even more pleased to see that it was just as clear on my PC monitor. I did some PP, but nothing more than my standard workflow, except that I chose to blow the wall/ceiling highlights a bit (where I didn't want detail anyway) to brighten the spider a bit more too.
Cheers, John
Philip Potts 29-Apr-2004 17:48
John, Do you always carry your camera with you to the restroom???? Perhaps you should seek professional help!!!! :-) Very nice shot though. I can see your transformation into a truly great photographer.

PhilipD (Photo255)
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