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Photo Info
UploadedApril 20, 2009
TakenMarch 18, 2009
ModelCanon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure1/30 sec at f/13
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length65 mm
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This is my first attempt at using a Canon 65mm f/2.8 1x-5x macro lens. I needed to get within 2" of a live spider sitting on his web. The abdomen is about 5/32" of an inch and the legs about as thick as fishing line. The lines in the background are the rest of the legs. The f-stop was set to about 30 to get this DOF. ISO set to 3200 and the shutter 1/15 second. I used 2500 watts of lighting which is almost useless at 2". I couldn't use a ring flash because it hit the web and the spider scampered away.

72 responses

  • diana

    diana (Deleted) gave props (20 Apr 2009):

    very cool! looks like an alien, especially with the shadowed background.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (20 Apr 2009):

    great macro, Joe. Just kind of creepy to see it this close.

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (20 Apr 2009):

    Wonderful. I love how the lines in the background echo the spider's legs

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (20 Apr 2009):

    Hate spiders but LOVE your photo; nice job Joe

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (20 Apr 2009):

    Pretty neat capture, Joe....Spiders are very difficult to shoot under any circumstances as they do like to move a lot.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    I love the shot but hate spiders!! Well done!

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    It really does look like an alien from another planet...Nice work!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    Well done, Joe. Would be great for the creepy theme.

  • Christopher Long

    Christopher Long gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    Awesome shot.

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    Extraordinary composition and POV!! Very interesting and sharply detailed. Excellent work, Joe!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    A great capture, a little too close for my personal liking!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    Ha...I have to be honest I didn't fave the spider,,,ha.ha. but your shot....fabulously captured..

  • Klaus Girk

    Klaus Girk (Deleted) gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    Well you grabbed that one right on.

  • Maria Cox

    Maria Cox gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    Amazing macro! The detail is unbelievable!!! Great job!

  • Stefi Failk

    Stefi Failk (Deleted) gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    it is a spider butt. (LOL)

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    Oh man....... that IS creepy!!! I don't think I could get THAT close to a spider!!! Cool shot though...

  • Laurie Brown

    Laurie Brown gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    lol.. excelletn spidey butt. could just as well be the frot too.

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck   gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    Fantastic view of this tiny creature! It is a real challenge to get this close and get the light and focus right.

  • Camil Seisanu

    Camil Seisanu gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    excellent macro, suitable for the theme !

  • A F

    A F gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    I could not tell that was a spider until I saw the title. cool capture.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    I though it was a spider butt, too, Stef!

  • Jose Antonio González

    Jose Antonio González gave props (21 Apr 2009):


  • Shannyn Chance

    Shannyn Chance (Deleted) gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    Amazing detail, great pov & yes very creepy!!! I will never ever photograph spiders or any other bugs, too creepy!!!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    OMG! This is a shoe-in for the most creepy! That's the oddest spider I've ever seen. The detail on his legs is perfect. I hope I never see one this close again!

  • Ron Schwartz

    Ron Schwartz gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    Incredible shot Joe!

  • Ledge95

    Ledge95 gave props (22 Apr 2009):

    really creepy, amazing!!!

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (22 Apr 2009):

    Well done!! ...and a solid entry!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (22 Apr 2009):

    Wicked cool.

  • Paul Bate

    Paul Bate (Deleted) gave props (22 Apr 2009):

    Very creepy and i agree it looks like an alien.

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond gave props (22 Apr 2009):

    That's no easy shot. Wow! And I know I appreciate the meta data on a shot like this too. Thanks for that. Cool image, Joe. R

  • francesco scipioni

    francesco scipioni gave props (22 Apr 2009):

    really creepy!!!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (22 Apr 2009):

    Amazing macro! Very, very creepy!

  • Jüri Vissak

    Jüri Vissak gave props (22 Apr 2009):

    Nice shot! Well done.

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (22 Apr 2009):

    This is one of the coolest shots ever...I can't stop looking at it!

  • Kim Pascu

    Kim Pascu gave props (22 Apr 2009):

    WOW this is cool nice shot

  • Laurie Fuller/Drake

    Laurie Fuller/Drake gave props (22 Apr 2009):

    that is the coolest thing i have ever seen

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (23 Apr 2009):

    Great result Joe, can't wait to see your next macro shots!

  • stuart s

    stuart s   gave props (23 Apr 2009):

    Great shot and explanation for those of us trying to figure out how to use a new macro lens.

  • Cindy

    Cindy gave props (23 Apr 2009):


  • Sherry

    Sherry gave props (24 Apr 2009):

    Nice....and creepy!

  • Gasin Trossen

    Gasin Trossen gave props (24 Apr 2009):

    Awesome shot.

  • beckylou calzada

    beckylou calzada gave props (24 Apr 2009):

    Which end is that? I don't mean it to be funny or sarcastic, I'm just really curious. That is an awesome shot and settings. This guy needs a shave... ;0)) .

  • Nicole R.

    Nicole R. gave props (24 Apr 2009):

    Wow ... great capture and I now am really inspired to learn more!

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (25 Apr 2009):

    EEK! This IS Creepy!!!! Good shot, Joe!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (26 Apr 2009):

    great catch! well done!

  • Jim Thomas

    Jim Thomas   gave props (26 Apr 2009):

    Whoa, this really is creepy!!

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (26 Apr 2009):

    NOT LOOKING truly creepy!!!!!!

  • Kel Casey

    Kel Casey   gave props (26 Apr 2009):

    Definitely fits the theme--nice work.

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (28 Apr 2009):

    Excellent work!!

  • Shanny Greer

    Shanny Greer gave props (28 Apr 2009):

    Creepy indeed! Nice.

  • Chessaddict *

    Chessaddict * gave props (28 Apr 2009):

    Don't you think he too arranged tripod of his legs to pose for you? :)

  • Minno Ramírez Terrón

    Minno Ramírez Terrón gave props (29 Apr 2009):

    good macro!!!

  • Konrad Ragnarsson

    Konrad Ragnarsson gave props (29 Apr 2009):

    From outer space,great composition and pic++++++++++++++

  • Lesley S

    Lesley S (Deleted) gave props (1 May 2009):

    I am NOT a spider fan ... but this is amazing! Terrific macro!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (11 May 2009):

    YIKES - this is definitely creepy!!!! Excellent macro shot of this spider!!!

  • J Rossi

    J Rossi (Deleted) gave props (24 May 2009):

    Very unique specimen, nice capture!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (29 May 2012):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (28 Jun 2012):

    Wow!!! Voted!!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (1 Jul 2012):

    lovely shot my vote!!!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (1 Jul 2012):

    He (it)? looks like its giving you the once over Joe....Definitely creepy.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (2 Jul 2012):


  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (2 Jul 2012):

    Came back to vote...This is awesome!

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott gave props (2 Jul 2012):

    My vote!!!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi said (3 Jul 2012):


  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker said (4 Jul 2012):


  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (5 Jul 2012):

    yes, it rocks!!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (7 Jul 2012):


  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (14 Jul 2012):

    Great macro, my vote

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz   gave props (14 Jul 2012):

    Superb! Voted!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (16 Jul 2012):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (16 Nov 2014):

    Stunning! Voted!!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (14 Jan 2015):

    OMG! Voted!

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