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This is a Venusta Orchard Spider ... taken on a walk through the Northlake Nature Preserve, Mandeville, Louisiana. I was there taking photos of the marsh.
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This is a Venusta Orchard Spider ... taken on a walk through the Northlake Nature Preserve, Mandeville, Louisiana. I was there taking photos of the marsh.

Aside from the lovely marsh, there were turtles, a blue heron, song birds and beautiful trees along my route. Then on my way home noticed these beauties suspended along the path. I went back to the car for my extension tubes and tripod then spent the next hour shooting these tiny wonders (the whole spider about a 1-4 of an inch).

At the time I didn't know what they where and tried not to get too close! But it seems they are harmless ... and they certainly are lovely! :D

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KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer December 08, 2015
Well, I meant to give you a fabulous award, but VB beat me to it with a mere Peer Award - grrrrrr

ANYHOW!
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KayBrewer January 27, 2016
Congratulations, Nancie! Finalist Arachnophogia contest!
JanHrischenko PRO
 
JanHrischenko January 27, 2016
Wow....that is one of the most beautiful macro spider shots I have ever seen. Amazing. Great job.
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ntgreen January 29, 2016
Thank you so much ... what a wonderful comment and truly enjoyed! Thanks!!! :D
chrisroberts_0115
 
chrisroberts_0115 February 14, 2016
What macro lens are you using?
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ntgreen February 14, 2016
I don't have a true Macro lens yet (but it is high on my wish list) ... I was using my Canon EF 24-105MM L with a 31MM extension tube. I did a Behind the Lens ...so the basics of equipment and how I took it are at the bottom of the page. But if you have any other questions please feel free to ask :D
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots February 17, 2016
Amazing capture! Congrats.
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dorenestg February 18, 2016
I hate spiders...but this is a great photo! The colors are gorgeous, and the angle makes it a little less scary. Congratulations on being a finalist!
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ntgreen February 20, 2016
This is a very special comment ... I understand fear of something as I feel that way about snakes but every once in a while someone will have a photo that make me see the beauty in them (although I know it is there it is hard to see past the fear). If I did a little of that for you I am very pleased. They were such tiny and delicate little things ... and totally harmless ... it was my favourite angle as well ... it looked to me like she was reaching out to weave the sunlight into her web :D
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq March 24, 2016
Stunning image! Amazing macro, perfect composition and great perspective. My favorite ever spider shot! :)
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ntgreen March 24, 2016
Thank you so much for the wonderful comment!!!
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KristinaOers May 01, 2016
The most amazing spider photograph ever!!! Excellent!! I wish I was a jeweller :-) Congrats on your wins!!
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ntgreen May 02, 2016
That is a great idea ... can see the body as an OPAL! Wow ... maybe someday I will meet someone who wants to collaborate :D Thank you so for the comment!
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KayBrewer May 05, 2016
Congratulations, Nancie - finalist in Isolate and Simplify contest!!
aakashdirar777
 
aakashdirar777 May 10, 2016
excellent shot
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ntgreen May 11, 2016
Thanks!
grayfriday
 
grayfriday May 11, 2016
That is the most beautiful spider shot I have ever seen, well done. Gray. Oh and thank you so much for sharing your wonderful collection.
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ntgreen May 11, 2016
Thank you so much for visiting my gallery!
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GigiJim08 May 25, 2016
Congratulations on your award!
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michellebarnes August 04, 2016
Fantastic great work!
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Treecy November 15, 2016
Omg that's beautiful!!!!
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ntgreen December 12, 2016
sorry for the delay I was away and had very limited internet ...thank you so much for the comment! Love to get the feedback!
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buldenluvane December 30, 2016
Who would ever guess that a spider could be so beautiful! Amazing photograph
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ntgreen December 31, 2016
:D
michellevandenbroek
 
michellevandenbroek January 07, 2017
That is absolutely stunning!!
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ntgreen March 09, 2017
Sorry I am so late answering, I missed your comment somehow but really appreciate the support and encouragement!
Roussou
 
Roussou March 07, 2017
Beautiful, excellent capture.
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ntgreen March 09, 2017
Thank you so much for the comment and support! It is truly appreciated!
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p_eileenbaltz March 09, 2017
Voted in 'I Love Photography' contest.
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ntgreen March 09, 2017
Thank you so much! Love the encouragement and support!
Txpixelpixie
 
Txpixelpixie March 22, 2017
Oh so envious! Lol I had one in my yard last year..she was one of my very first shots...not as beautiful as this one! Superb!!
llowzz PRO+
 
llowzz May 31, 2017
WOW....Brilliant !
nandicmb
 
nandicmb May 31, 2017
Congratulations on all your Awards!
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ntgreen June 09, 2017
Thank you so much ...sorry for the delay ...we have been away (camping) and out of internet/cell range for a couple of weeks ...just got back to civilization today and found out about the Peoples Award! So thrilled. Thanks again for the comment and all!
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GBloniarz May 31, 2017
Super!!! Congrats ... for sure!
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ntgreen June 09, 2017
Thank you so much ...sorry for the delay ...we have been away (camping) and out of internet/cell range for a couple of weeks ...just got back to civilization today and found out about the Peoples Award! Thanks again!
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KayBrewer June 01, 2017
Congratulations, Nancie. You're stacking up the awards on the one. People's Choice in Macro Insects Photo Challenge!
Cookies4U PRO
 
Cookies4U September 22, 2017
Not a creepy-crawlie fan, but this one is beautiful!
BShirey
 
BShirey December 03, 2018
This is amazing! I will have to keep an eye for these beauties when I am exploring around the bayous. Do they tend to be closer to the water or further inland where it is dryer as near long leaf pines?
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ntgreen December 04, 2018
Hi, thanks so much for the comment. When I first noticed these little critters it was along a path through an open field (very like a power line). I had to go back to our campsite to get my extension tubes and tripod, on my return to the area where I first saw them I noticed that they where also all along the path through the forest (they seem to like shrubs of varying sizes, waist height and up). Also, it was early December when I saw them. Hope this helps, let me know if you need more info, happy to help. Let me know if you find them

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Behind The Lens

Location
Photo was taken at a small nature preserve in Mandeville, Louisiana (Northlake Nature Preserve).
Time
It was about 12:30 PM ... mid day ... which I normally avoid but there was some cloud cover and I was in a forest so the light was filtered quite nicely by the trees.
Lighting
It was a pretty dark ... definitely not quite a bright as I would have liked due to the cloud cover and being in the woods. But the the way the light was filtered through the trees did enable me to find areas of both dark and light which helped in getting the semi-back-lit bokeh. (I am saving for a ring light for Macro shots but haven't got one yet ;D) Setting were ISO 400 F/4 180 Focal 105mm +31mm extension tube
Equipment
Lens was my EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM and for this shot I used a 31mm extension tube, tripod and a wireless remote shutter release. Hardest part was working around all the spider webbing and not shaking the bushes ... seemed every time I took a breath something would move. I finally got out my remote shutter release so I could step away from the bush and get the shot after everything settled.
Inspiration
During the journey through the preserve I caught flashes of web all along the pathway, finally I stopped and took a closer look and realized what beauties these lovely ladies were. I did not have my tripod or extension tubes on me but after realizing what treasures I had found, hurried back to the truck and got them. Then spent the next couple of hours exploring them in more detail!
Editing
Yes, but not a lot. I shoot in Raw so there is the standard colour and light adjustments and I as I have a cropped frame camera (T5i) it did need some noise reduction. Then in Photoshop I cropped it and did some High Pass Sharpening. I also rotated image 180 degrees, the original positioning of the spider just didn't work (composition-wise) but when I rotated it the whole image worked far better. The spider became a much stronger focal point and the circle behind her reaching front legs stood out in a more dramatic way.
In my camera bag
Extension tubes, tripod, 70-250mm kit lens, 50mm lens, 10mm Tokina lens, 2 remote shutter releases (one wireless and one wired), I use my camera bag as a weight for my tripod as my tripod is pretty lightweight, extra battery, extra sd cards, lens cleaning equipment and (as yet unused, homemade HD filter).
Feedback
Keep your eyes open ... always look around you as you walk ... examine everything, you never know where some tiny beauty is hiding. Keep your equipment near. I can't carry all my equipment due to a bad back but I do keep it as close as possible. If I am walking a long distance I always take my extension tubes, tripod and remote shutter release with me (I always carry my extra battery and sd cards). Patience is the only way ... take as much time as you possibly can ... look for the best position for lighting, angle for your subject, take a test shot and if it doesn't look quite right make the adjustments needed and try, try again. Watch out for "hidden" distractions (composition-wise), a too bright colour that will pull the eye away from your image, a bit of twig blocking some portion of your subject ... the little things that you can miss when taking the shot that jump out at you once you get home ... and then it is too late (believe me, this has happened to me more than I like to admit ... and I get so angry at myself for not paying closer attention or taking those few extra minutes to get the shot just that much better). Don't be afraid to crop and rotate ... play with your image (within reason) ... it is not always possible to get the perfect angle when in the field but some of that can be done once you get home. Study other peoples work and read who they got their results.

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