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Submitted on
July 30, 2008
Image Size
2.1 MB


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Camera Data

Canon PowerShot SD1000
Shutter Speed
1/79 second
Focal Length
6 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jul 21, 2008, 4:13:34 PM
Still Summer Day by FramedByNature Still Summer Day by FramedByNature
Camera: Canon PowerShot SD1000
Shutter speed: 1/79th second
F Number: F/2.8
Focal Length: 6 mm
ISO Speed: 80
Taken on July 21st, 2008 at 4:13 pm

I have entered this piece in the "Detail in Macro" contest [link]
I found this spider on the table on our deck. Unfortunately, he had been poisoned by another spider and left for dead. Being sure to not miss such an opportunity, I set up a little photo shoot with him. I carefully brushed him onto a leaf and carried him to the deck railing.
I placed him on the close edge of the railing to diminish the blur created by the wood at my low (eye-to-eye) perspective. I also placed him on the railing in front of a tree to create some soft green bokeh.
I used regular macro mode instead of digital macro mode, which allows you to zoom in while in macro mode, often producing a more precise focus. I did this because I wanted to have a decent amount of background behind him, instead of a tightly cropped photo.
He was lit by the afternoon sunlight, diffused by an overcast sky.
I adjusted the brightness/contrast a bit to reduce the bright "washed out" effect created by the wood.

Please tell me what you think! :dance:
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CandyChain Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
im terrified of spiders but damn hes sooo cute!!!! you always find the cutest spiders! haha

i like the composition of this :)
FramedByNature Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Student Photographer
Yup I was afraid of spiders but once I started photographing them, I found them quite cute... except the creepy large ones, of course =D
THank you! :))
AbstractMe Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
Haha! Your photos are awesome!
FramedByNature Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Student Photographer
Thank you! :highfive:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
Your fussing about setting up the shot was right on, bro! I really like the detail, composition and bokeh you created. I wouldn't have thought the spider dead unless you said so. He looks like he's just about to pounce :D

Well done, Evan :clap: :+fav:
FramedByNature Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Student Photographer
Thanks, man! 8-)
Writing about my technique certainly was interesting, I had never really tried it before! I figured I'd mention that the spider was dead, that way people wouldn't ask me "How did you get him to stay so still?" =D Who knows, maybe I actually stand a chance in this contest :excited:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
You're welcome, Evan :highfive:

I'd say you have got natural talent for photography. You certainly have an eye for what is different or colorful and you're certaily not afraid to try new things :thumsbup: That's what it takes.

telling folks how you did things is allright :nod: It will probably reduce the amount of typing you have to do :D and it will actually make some people more loyal to your work But, don't give up all your secrets ;) Some things folks should have to figure out themselves :nod:

Good luck in the contest. I think your stuff is prize worthy :highfive:
FramedByNature Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Student Photographer
:giggle: You are so nice!
Don't worry, I won't give out all my secrets =D
I've been browsing multiple image searches and as far as I can tell, I am the official founder of the "Night Flake" technique :nod: Pretty cool, kinda makes me excited for winter :w00t:
Who knows, maybe I'll win some devCASH so I can buy a fella plushie... I've wanted one for a while now, I wanna incorporate him into some of my sunset photos :aww:
HungryCreative Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
Sad story... Great shot! Love the composition. The detail is incredible. I especially dig the eyes.
FramedByNature Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Student Photographer
Thank you very much! :)
Me too, the eyes have the most character =D
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