For the spider lovers.

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Pete D, Jan 5, 2008.

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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * Pete D is quoted & my replies are inline below : They're so hard to shoot their faces, aren't they? I've been
    trying last couple of times, because I prefer to see their eyes
    and head. I crept in amongst a cluster of 3 of these in webs
    just the other day, scared shitless, trying to get some decent
    shots. Stood up too soon and right into a web. AAaaaahhh!!
    Nearly dropped camera.

    I've give it a break for a bit :(
    Troy Piggins, Jan 5, 2008
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    Pete D Guest

    Where I was shooting this there was hundreds of them and as many of the
    jewel box spiders. The light was not so good so I was experimenting with
    dual flash, one on camera and one off camera wirelessly, easier if the
    subject is at some distance but a bit more work when they are very close.

    Just bought some new heavier tripod legs (Manfrotto 055XProB) and with my
    macro head attachment we will see what I can do.


    Pete D, Jan 5, 2008
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    Doug Jewell Guest

    How do you get the buggers to stay still long enough to get
    a shot?
    On new years day I was out geocaching, and came across a
    patch of all sorts of nasty looking spiders, but with the
    gale force winds that SEQ has had, they were moving back and
    forth 3 feet at a time. wait for a still moment, and they'd
    still be moving enough to make it impossible to focus and
    get a shot. Got a couple of almost acceptible shots, but
    pretty much gave up in disgust.
    Doug Jewell, Jan 5, 2008
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    Colin_D Guest

    Uuuggghh! Jesus, I HATE spiders! They give me the shits! It's not the
    poisonous aspect, it's the size and the unbelievably revolting look of
    the bastards. There's a spider here in New Zealand, generally called a
    wood spider, non-poisonous but a painful biter, as big as the palm of
    your hand and as hairy as hell. My wife left the skylight window above
    our bed open one evening, and when I turned down the sheet to get into
    bed, there was this hairy great monster sitting on my pillow.. I
    freaked! I must have yelled or screamed, coz the wife came running,
    then she freaked as well. It sounds funny now, but at the time I was so
    utterly paranoid I emptied a whole can of bug spray onto the revoltingly
    hairy black thing, ruined the pillow. I think the bastard drowned in
    the amount of spray he was hit with. The spider, pillow and all went
    into the incinerator and next morning I cremated the lot.

    I slept on the sofa that night, in case there were any more lurking in
    the bedroom.

    If you saw the film Arachnophobia, the spiders there were NZ wood
    spiders, imported to the US for the film.


    Colin D.
    Colin_D, Jan 6, 2008
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    Mike Warren Guest

    Is this what we used to call Avondale spiders?
    Mike Warren, Jan 7, 2008
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