Posted Friday, September 2, 2011
Category: Project365
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)



Ebbw Vale Station, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

There are a lot of spiders in the shelter at the station, and I was getting up and friendly with one that I had spotted a few days earlier. As it turns out, it was either asleep or dead. Its neighbour wasn't so dead and started getting a bit aggressive, so I did what any smart individual would do and got 2cm away with the macro lens. I wasn't aiming so much (I wasn't getting my face that close) so this was a mis-focus but I think it gives the impression it was moving towards me (which it wasn't at this point).

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
@ 27/1mm
Filters: 0.42x fisheye filter (macro mode)
Exposure: 1/50" @ f/8/1, ISO 1600

Post processing:

Lightroom - This picture was quite dark as shot so I used a lightening curve with strong contrast (highlights +75, lights +80, darks +25, shadows -55). I used fill light (60) which lightened the web and nothing else (awesome), and clarity (+100) which brought out detail in the tail. Love that there is a little spider silhouette in the top-third-middle of the shot. It could be that someone drew it, or it is what remains of another spider.

The wash-up:

At the time I would have tried to get the spider's front more in focus than its tail, but the results of this one are more creepy.

What would you do?

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