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Jumping spider feeding on cricket (pics)

Discussion in 'Nature' started by Ecooper, Jul 16, 2014.

  1. Ecooper

    Ecooper Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 15, 2013
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Ernie
    I found this Phidippus jumping spider wandering around on my living room ceiling. Before releasing it outside I thought I’d take a few photos, and considering that its abdomen looked a little small, I gave it a two-week old cricket to eat.

    These photos were also a test of a new flash bracket and diffuser I’ve put together. I have to say that I am very pleased with the results! Note that the second photo below was taken with 26mm extension in addition to the 60mm macro lens.

    Cheers,
    EC
    www.macrocritters.wordpress.com

    Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5
    Lens: Zuiko 60mm micro four thirds macro
    Settings: manual exposure (F11 @ 1/200 sec)
    Lighting: Olympus FL-36 flash (1/4 power)
    ISO: 200

    14664333414_e514b6fe5a_b. P7140424 jumping spider copyright ernie cooper 2014 by ernie.cooper, on Flickr

    14663398701_796ba9c643_b. P7140429 jumping spider copyright ernie cooper 2014 by ernie.cooper, on Flickr
     
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  2. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
    Impressive!
    Are those post-processed or cropped?
     
  3. Ecooper

    Ecooper Mu-43 Regular

    27
    Jun 15, 2013
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Ernie
    Thanks. The usual post processing (in RAW). Each was slightly cropped just to improve the composition, not to increase the magnification.

    Cheers,
    EC
     
  4. Harvey Melvin Richards

    Harvey Melvin Richards Photo Posting Junkie

    Feb 15, 2014
    Southwest Utah
    Very nice details. I've tried 26mm extension tubes on my 60mm macro, and I think my results will continue to be very poor unless I cut way back on my coffee intake.
     
  5. lightmonkey

    lightmonkey Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 22, 2013
    macro is so nice :)