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    Camera: Nikon D70
    Lens: 105VR Micro
    Location: My house, Cook, ACT
    ISO: 400
    Shutter Speed: 1/60
    Aperture: f/16

    Off-camera flash: SB-600 with sto-fen diffuser. Held just off camera to get the right look I wanted. Photographed just above my front door. Flash exposure comp +1 stop, exposure comp -1/3. Roughly 1:1.5 reproduction ratio: he was a big fella.

    I have a slightly bigger version at work, but unfortunately this was one of the pictures I lost when my laptop was stolen at the start of 2010 (had only just taken and post-processed it, wasn't on my offsite backup. Was on my onsite backup, which they stole, too).

    This is also somewhat of a personal achievement photo, as I am shit scared of spiders. Precisely why I wanted a 105 macro, not a 60: I want the extra working distance if I am shooting a pic of a spider!

    Sharpness shows precisely why I fkn <3 the 105VR. It is a stellar, professional-quality macro lens. Played with a Tamron 90... which was good, but this is like a gourmet meal after an M Selections burger...
     
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    You can tell he's a big fella by the size of his nuts...
     
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    I didn't actually know about sexing spiders till about 5 minutes ago. Looks like this is indeed a male Neosparassus salacius, based on the size of the bulges at the ends of the palps.
     
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    This made me dig up photos of this guy (probably a female...) that wandered into the kitchen one February night... And there is no way that glass was coming off it for the photos... a) I am not fond of spiders and b) the little bastards would have been a pain to catch if they scattered (I made that mistake a few years ago).

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    That's awesome... I want one.
     
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    Peanut, that is superb. Good pic of the way a huntsman mother carries around her young.
     
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    ZOMGSOCUTE.
     
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    For very negative values of cute :p

    I am scared of two things: spiders, and heights. I've taken a macro pic of a spider, and I've done bungy jumping. Can I go home now? :p
     
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    Peanut: how did you *dispose* of the buggers?
     
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    Nuke them from orbit, I imagine.

    It's the only way to be sure.
     
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    I did NOT know that!! That is too cool!
     
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    that wasn't a mother carrying her babies.. It was a swarm they and were eating her alive... it's like that joke... what's black and crawls across NSW? a baby covered in funnel webs... gotta say though, i've always been a very big fan of the macro... it's jsut a shame the start up costs so much :(
     
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    If you want to do it cheap, you do it with extension tubes. No probs there, can get brilliant results with a nice sharp prime and some tubes. Better yet, uber reproduction ratio with a lens shorter than normal & a reversing adapter. But tubes tends to work a bit better, in practical terms.
     
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    Threw the whole lot over the fence into the neighbour's back yard... Nah, I wish I'd thought of that at the time :)

    Put a piece of thin cardboard under the glass, transferred the whole lot into an old takeaway plastic box (while outside), sprayed half a can of spider killing spray into the box, put the thing into a plastic bag and binned it.

    Oh, and that wasn't a macro, really. It was shot at the long end of the standard 24-105 on a crop sensor body... It was a giant spider!
     
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    poor spiders. they are pretty cute. I had baby spiders to play with for weeks after I split a couple of eggs open in the work shop and let them spread everywhere. :)
     
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    And when they crawl all over you with their hairy legs and inject poison into you with their fangs... Worst nightmare!
     
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    Redback bites: officially fucking hurt. Did that in the middle of WA. Not pleasant.

    Though I hated spiders since long before that.

    Funnily enough, but, I really don't mind snakes at all.
     
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    Spiders just move wrong. Creepy little shits. Too fast, too many bends in the legs. I know they are needed to kill bugs etc, but they can do it elsewhere, not near me.

    Great pics though!
     
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    Cool pics people. Peanut, as soon as I saw yours I was reminded of a pic my bro-in-law sent to me a little while back - I believe that there is a wolf spider:

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    I'm just going on the general shape of the head, eye arrangement and colouring. If it was me, that little bugger would have died for the sake of my art.

    One good thing about living in Europe, no overly big spiders and none of the bastards will do give you any grief if they bite ya :)
     
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