ARACHNOgraphy [spiders]

Thursday, March 29th., 2012 [updated]


According to Encyclopaedia Britannica "arachnid' refers to any member of the arthropod group that includes spiders, daddy longlegs, scorpions, and (in the subclass Acari) the mites and ticks, as well as lesser-known subgroups.

Only a few species are of economic importance—for example, the mites and ticks, which transmit diseases to humans, other animals, and plants.

Spider having meal
Having meal, or somethin'?


ARACHNOGRAPHY is the photo-study of spiders and related organisms such as scorpions, pseudoscorpions, harvestmen, collectively called arachnids.


To be honest, I'm not good at hunting and shooting spiders. Actually I started photographing spiders more or less by accident while shooting flowers. I hope, with special equipment and practice somewhere on time-line I'll master the art of photographing the arachnids too.



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Saturday January 12th 2008
It is bright, clear and sunny day. There are lots of fruit trees and bushes behind AHW house. Few species of birds, insects, arachnids could be found there.

'Flying Devil Spider" as I call it.... [observe the pattern on the spider back...]
ZD 35mm f3.5 macro @ f9.0 1/30sec ISO200

Thursday January 10th 2008
It's "HIJR NEW YEAR" today, may all muslims get blessing from the al-Mighty God...

The Amazing Spider, another al-mighty God creation.
Observe the pattern 'printed' on the back of the spider
the pattern looks like a skull... probably the skull of an alien.

now, when looking upside down....
the pattern looks like a warrior or something, complete with a head, a body, two legs and two hands holding some kind of deadly weapons... hey, there is the third leg too.

Setting EV for lighting like this [without artificial lights or a flash unit] was very difficult for an acceptable dynamic range, even with a spot metering. The background is too dark but the photographer wanted to capture the details of the beautiful 'batik' abdomen without burning the texture.
[Olympus ZD 35mm f3.5 @ f11 1/125sec ISO200]

by reducing shutter speed and increasing ISO by 1-stop respectively, here is the result...
[Olympus ZD 35mm f3.5 @ f11 1/60sec ISO400]...better dynamic range, slightly over-exposed though.

"SmartSpider" head+abdomen measures only 4mm [magnification 3:1]

This spider L-R 'footprints' measures only 8mm across, almost unnoticed to naked eyes. The cephalotorax alone is much smaller than the head of a match-stick. I have to take position about 30cm between the surface of lens filter to the arachnida [1/180sec f16.0 ISO100 magnification 1:1]

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