Jumping Spider

Posing for a studio portrait. ;-)

Vivitar 285HV camera right @1/16th, Nikon SB-26 behind subject @ 1/32nd.

View all photos taken: Wednesday, 18th June 2008, This photo: 3:09pm

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  • Panorama Paul said:
    Wow... that's super-sharp David! I checked this one out in large and I am amazed at the amount of detail that you've captured here!! Heh heh... you've may actually have captured too much detail... I noticed some dust-specs too. Did you consider cloning those out?
  • David de Groot said:
    I noticed the dust too, but didn't think to clone it out. Ah, the wall is dusty, what can I say :)
  • Panorama Paul said:
    Okay, but it actually looks like the dust is on a pane of glass that's between your camera and the spider... oh never mind... I'm just too critical for my own good sometimes... :)
  • Clearskies Images said:
    Nice work David, apart from the dust spots!
    Macro is very well done!
  • David de Groot said:
    Well it's on a glazed white tile, thus the weirdness with the dust. I may fix it and reupload yet.
    Not too bad considering he didn't want to pose for very long and I had to chase him over the wall. (photo rotated from the original)
  • David de Groot said:
    Ok, I've cleaned up most of the really bad dust specs now.
  • Panorama Paul said:
    Heh heh... thanks David... :)
  • petepothole said:
    Scary David but a great shot! Details brilliant!
  • teejaybee said:
    Cool shot (love the shadow) - I never clone out dust if it's that bad it's time to retry
    Have you tried focus stacking yet? I really wanna try it...
  • David de Groot said:
    Can't be that scary, he was only a few mm big!
    I didn't think it was that bad, just a few specs in the shadow, but because it's a glazed tile, the dust sat above the shadow and looked a bit odd if you really stared at it.
    As for focus stacking, I've tried it a couple of times - works best if your subject is dead and not moving :)
  • seychelles88 said:
    I love the details! Excellent photo!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • ronnietan15 said:
    wow its almost see-through! do you use AF?
  • David de Groot said:
    Nope, manually focused at the minimum focal distance to get 1:1.
  • flash of light said:
    Don't like the sound of this one! How far do they jump? Looks too shirt in the leg dept to go far, but I suppose eight legs are better than two.
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah they only jump 10cm or so and they're very very small (3 or 4 mm long including the legs).
  • The Sage of Shadowdale said:
    Nice work. Impressive focusing, although I guess you have just enough depth from the aperture to help in that department - I'm useless at manual focus (used to be much better with the split screen viewfinders, but back then my eyes were heaps better too; I'll blame the computers & all that reading. Optometrist once told me it was commonly accepted in the industry that all that continual close up focusing (with your eyes) ruins your long distance vision; makes sense I guess).
    I was going to ask you about your lighting for this one but then I noticed your description. ;-) Do you like the Vivitar?
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah f/11 almost gives enough depth of field without sacrificing sharpness and making the lighting possible too.
    The Vivitar is a nice cheap flash, a bink clunky and the minimum power level of 1/16th is a bit much at times, but for the price one can't argue too much.
    The SB-26 is a better unit by far, and if you're lucky you can pick one up relatively cheaply.
  • The Sage of Shadowdale said:
    could you gel the vivitar with neutral to drop it down another stop or two?
  • David de Groot said:
    Yep, and I've done that before. Just a bit of a hassle finding the nd filters, etc when you need them. ;-)
  • Garry' said:
    Ups that's something different David. Impressive what you did here, using off camera flash combined with a macro shot of a living creature...that is truly something special. Congrats
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Garry, it turned out pretty well really, even if it was a little fiddly to set up.
  • Brodie Foster said:
    Hi David, I'm an admin for a group called Jumping Spiders of Queensland, and we'd love to have this (and any others) added to the group!
    I must say I love how you've lit it like a real studio portrait :)