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April 1, 2011 - 85 went

April 1st SPS Club Meeting - Macro

Never Cry Wolf [spider] - Canon 180mm f/3.5 Macro lens w/ 2 extension tubes. Spider (live) was lit with three stobes; one shoot through umbrella and two grid spots.

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Added by Ken R.
on Apr 3, 2011.


  • Stan B.

    Awesome shot Ken!

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  • A former member

    Couldn't agree more, Stan, but sure creeps me out! Great job, Ken!

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  • Mikki Root D.

    Fantastic! Is that a Wolf Spider, Ken?

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  • Ken R.

    Thanks Mikki (and Stan and Kel)! Yes, it's a Wolf Spider; took me a while to confirm it because I hadn't seen one carying it's egg sack before and since this guy was only about 1/2 long the egg sack make the back of the spider appear much larger than it should have been for a Wolf.

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  • Mick F.

    Amazing shot! Where did you find this critter? It's fantastic that you could get it to pose for you. They can be really fast!

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  • Ken R.

    Thanks Mick. Found him outside under a log - took a little while for him to get used to the lights and to settle down in the "shooting environment". Definitely need to be patient when working with these little guys - they ARE fast! Part of how I controlled that was to setup a large glass dish with some water in it. I then created an "island" in the middle where I could lay a white strip of foam core for the critter to "pose" on. He's occasionally jump onto the water and run for the edge of the dish but could climb the glass walls. Having the water made it easy to scoop him back up onto the foam core and start again (and again...and again...).

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