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Minolta C8: Reflections; exhibition: Whos The Fairest One Of All?
18-MAY-2004 John down under, spider man! ;^)

Minolta C8: Reflections; exhibition: Who's The Fairest One Of All?

Adelaide, Australia

I shot this one for Minolta Challenge #8: Reflections.

Don't you think my huntsman spider looks like it's doing the Dr Evil thing with its little thingy, whatever it might be called?
This is just a standard macro shot with no additional CUL.

Digital Photography Journal chose this macro as its Image Of The Day for 26 April 2005 :^)

Huntsmen spiders don't tend to attack people. They don't even build webs. They just eat flies, etc to keep the place in order. They're territorial, so if you find one in your kitchen, for example, there probably won't be another one nearby. It took me a while to get used to the idea that you can live with these guys without really having to be scared by them, even though some grow somewhat bigger than this one.

Unlike most other spiders, Huntsmen have legs that hinge more horizontally rather than vertically so that they can flatten themselves very well to get through narrow slits and hide in tight places.

Side view here:

This has proven to be the most popular image in my galleries, based on hits.
If you like this image, you may be interested in my Spiders gallery, which is the most popular of my galleries:

Minolta DiMAGE A1
1/500s f/11.0 at 50.5mm iso100 with Flash full exif

other sizes: small medium original
Darrian Morgan 15-Jan-2008 15:38
im the sexiest guy on earth and you know your jealous!!!!!!!!!
Cyrus Khamak19-May-2007 21:37
You have done so very wel my friend, a big, fat vote!
Kelly Clark Moncure27-Oct-2005 13:20
ey yay yi, a spider! So you keep this guy as a pet? Great that a spider could be your muse...great shot, love the blue and symmetry of the pose-
Roy Dale23-Jul-2005 18:38
Purely amazing.Beautiful creatures.I love em :-)
Pauline23-Jul-2005 08:56
jlm20-Jul-2005 21:51
Funny shot!
Karen Leaf20-Jul-2005 10:51
One of the most incredible images I've ever seen.
Congrats on hitting #1
Richard Bird19-Jul-2005 22:31
John, this shot is truly great, perfect on dof, exposure and exposure. Although I am not sure I could have got that close to such a specimen!!
Diane S19-Jul-2005 19:37
Great tight sharp macro... nice to see the A1 does such great shots.. I haven't been as successful with my macros with my A1.. Excellent detail.
Dennis Phillips19-Jul-2005 13:45
I never thought spiders could be made beautiful until I saw your photos. Thank you for sharing your secrets on how you capture these amazing images.

Rene Hales19-Jul-2005 12:21
Urg!!! --voted.--Rene
Guest 19-Jul-2005 12:13
great shot love the macros
steve mcsweeny17-Jul-2005 08:44
Super idea,Awesome shot! vote!
ofer ashel16-Jul-2005 21:30
amazing shot, great idea
Jeanne Newman15-Jul-2005 14:22
Amazing shot, despite the fact that ALL spiders make me itchy just looking at them!
Barri Olson14-Jul-2005 18:04
This may be the best spider shot I've seen. Great.
Jan Wuytack03-Jul-2005 15:31
Great shot. Did you use a macro lens or your regular lens?
john 26-Nov-2004 11:36
hi, just finding learning about these forums and what you can find out, this huntman looks great plenty of detail, keep the bug pictures coming
Guest 05-Aug-2004 18:01
Incredible shoot. I hate spiders, but this shoot is perfect.
John Harvey Photography26-Jun-2004 15:44
Thanks for your comments. I was pleased with how this one turned out from the spider's cooperation with the position to the focus/DOF and the colour of the background and the way it all worked off the mirror. Cheers, John
Guest 24-Jun-2004 14:13
The detail is excellent along with good depth of focus.
Erich Mangl24-Jun-2004 10:54
fabulous image !!
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