Shelob

...of the ant sized world.

This little beastie is about 1cm long (roughly, I'm not getting that close to measure it).

Shot while perched on a step ladder trying not to put my head on the ceiling covered in her mates...

Vivitar 285HV to camera left (note picture rotated 180 degrees) at 1/16th power.

View all photos taken: Monday, 11th February 2008, This photo: 6:06pm

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Comments

  • s.westhead (Simon) said:
    I'm glad its at your house and not mine
  • michael.hossen said:
    Nice one David. Very good for your first day with the lens :D.
  • troy :) said:
    awesome. man I love spiders
  • alburyphotog said:
    very cool
  • looby88 said:
    I want this lens, its on my list, you can keep your spider !!
  • David de Groot said:
    Well it's outside, and very small. No idea what sort it is though.

    Hi Mike! DoF was a bit shallow on this one, but I was literally balancing on a step-ladder.

    I'm not a big fan of spiders Troy, and in general, any found inside end badly, but this one is outside and currently not bothering anyone.

    It's looking like it'll be a lot of fun Helen. Not only that, it'll make a great portrait lens too :)
  • ronnietan15 said:
    wow thats kinda scary looking.
  • David de Groot said:
    That's why I picked her out of the myriad of other spiders living on the veranda. :)
  • maasha said:
    Congrats with the best toy in the Canon family! But you need to get outside to get some light! And hope for no wind - wind seems to be the macro enemy no1.

  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Martin :) Yeah, only got it yesterday arvo and the weather was crap, so I had to make do with around the veranda (which wasn't particularly bright at the time).
  • heidi_K said:
    I kind of like the dark color - makes it look more realistic and scary!
  • David de Groot said:
    It's definitely a sinister looking little spider - glad it's so small as it would be quite scary large.
  • Jack High said:
    Very good. I like the feel of the shot and get a message she thinks you're intruding. Congrats on the new lens.

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    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    This being about the fourth or fifth shot, I think you might be right.
  • Margot- said:
    Wow, what a scary find! I have never seen a spider with its babies. Is it true that young spiders eat their mommy spider? (>.<)
  • rumblemumbles said:
    oh yukkkk my stomach is turning just looking at this photo....it's a good photo I just don't like the subject eeeeeekkk
  • David de Groot said:
    I would have thought it was the reverse in a lot of cases Margot (i.e. the mother eats the young if they don't leave home quick enough).

    It's only a wee little one Elisha, barely a centimetre long.
  • Clearskies Images said:
    Nice one David!
    I love this lens.
  • David de Groot said:
    It's fun, that's for sure :)