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Taken with D40 in Bermuda. Had the camera for 2 weeks, but first real outing with it..

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My .02 worth -.

The lighting and colors on the spider look good, everything that aught to be sharp is nice and sharp, good bokeh (pleasing out of focus part of the image). A bit distracting is the blotchy patches of bright areas (maybe the sky peaking through the trees?) - a suggestion would be to pay more attention to your background if you can. Still... overall a very nice image!!..

Comment #1

...on both the web and the spider! Nicely done!LucyU ZI owner!Olympus C30-20Zhttp://www.pbase.com/lucyFCAS Member #98, Oly Division'Photography is the art of seeing what others do not.'.

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Comment #2

Nice shot. you could try a really tight crop as well (just zoom in on mr. spider); always interesting how different crops affect the picture. and sometimes you don't want the subject dead center in the frame (have you heard about the golden mean and rule of thirds?) rotating the camera and/or rotating the pic in photoshop can sometimes yield interesting results...

Comment #3

I love it! What kind of camera did you use?..

Comment #4

For novice it's blow away! Could be done better only with dedicated macro lens that will be 2 times more costly then your kit!http://www.stan-pustylnik.smugmug.com..

Comment #5

Michellek16 wrote:.

I love it! What kind of camera did you use?.

It was a Nikon D40 with the kit lense..

Comment #6

First I'd like to say that the colors are great. I'm not sure if you added any contrast or saturation, but the colors look good..

With these types of pictures I generally would say that "closer is better." If you could get closer, that would be better. If you're using the kit lense with the D40 then you'll have to work with the minimum focusing distance - perhaps this is as close as you can get..

Next time try and take a different perspective as well. Try and get in the same plane as the spider and shoot a close up of it's face. This will give it depth and size, and suggest a proportion in relation to the viewer. An "in your face" shot of the spider would really stand out. Something where when I opened the thread I'd say, "woah!"  .

Tim'Be the change you wish to see in the world.' -Mahatma Gandhihttp://www.flickr.com/photos/timskis6/..

Comment #7

Nice shot overall Spider a bit central and slightly distracting background, maybe a bit of a crop?? Why not have a crop move spidey a bit off central and repost?? good start keep it up..

Regards.

Tim Hugheshttp://www.artwanted.com/timhughes..

Comment #8

Timskis6 wrote:.

First I'd like to say that the colors are great. I'm not sure if youadded any contrast or saturation, but the colors look good..

With these types of pictures I generally would say that "closer isbetter." If you could get closer, that would be better. If you'reusing the kit lense with the D40 then you'll have to work with theminimum focusing distance - perhaps this is as close as you can get..

Heh I tried to get as close as I could, but i'm not very fond of spiders and I had no idea what this guy was capable of. I was afraid of it jumping at me and my new camera would have definetly gone flying. LOL..

Comment #9

Timhughes666 wrote:.

Nice shot overall Spider a bit central and slightly distractingbackground, maybe a bit of a crop?? Why not have a crop move spidey abit off central and repost?? good start keep it up..

Regards.

Tim Hugheshttp://www.artwanted.com/timhughes.

Not quite sure what you mean. "off central" do you mean move him out of the center of the picture?..

Comment #10

Very nice shot..

Personally, I'd crop it a bit, but that's just me..

Steve..

Comment #11

Nice picture.Here is my suggestion for a crop..

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Also, I would try to make it turn by touching the webb. The spider may be in it's normal posision, but he look asleep to me.I cheated in PS and I think he looks more attentive this way..

Then you could stay there a week or so , come back every morning get him in the glorious light with morning dew in the web.Hope you dont mind me messing with your photo..

Tom..

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