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Spider // up close + personal

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

I'll start this post with an apology because I know there are a lot of spider haters out there and I'm super sorry you can't see what incredible creatures spiders really are! Haha. Seriously though, spiders are super neat. My new macro lens and I have been spending lots of time snooping around outside for things to photograph. While in the backyard with Klaus the other day I spotted this little lady and two of her babies...
It's so much fun to be able to get so close with this lens. My only regret is not buying it early. It's been so chilly out lately finding interesting subjects is getting harder and harder. I'm look forward to next spring and invading all sorts of insects personal spaces with my camera.
xoxo

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  1. I actually love that you posted these! While I am extremely afraid of spiders - I do appreciate looking at them close up when I know they don't have a chance to crawl anywhere near me.

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  2. I NEED to get my hands on a macro lens! Still new to the whole DSLR party, but i'm hoping to get educated on what lenses are must buys! Beautiful pictures :-)

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  3. Wow they are amazing! I like spiders :) I mean I'm not a fan of big house spiders that just appear across your living room floor but in general I don't mind them.

    Amy x
    -A Little Boat Sailing-

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  4. These are so gorgeous! I'm dying to get myself a macro lens. Can't wait to see more macro shots from you, especially in the spring time!

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  5. Ooo these actually might be males and not babies! Male spiders are typically 1/10th the size of the female. Pretty neat. Have you figured out what kind of spider this is?

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  6. I'm one of those "spider haters" LOL but I don't care because I love your pictures n_n xox*

    Barbara Bordeaux* for SoBarbylicious BLOG
    ................................SoBarbylicious Facebook PAGE

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  7. Are you scared or grossed out by any creatures? I remember you writing about your dislike for parrots, but what about insects?

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  8. These are absolutely gorgeous!!! I'm a fan of spiders, always been fascinated by the webs the weave. GREAT PHOTOS, by the way. You're incredibly talented! :D

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  9. Some interesting photos you have here, though they did send a shiver or two up my spine!

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  10. Not a fan of spiders, but I love how detailed the water drops are. Very nice pictures, I think that it is time for me to get that lens too :0)

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  11. One of these days I'll have nice macro lenses but for now I'm broke and I'll leave the gorgeous nature shots up to you! hehe

    I love up close critters.

    -Chrissy of Crashbeauty.com

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  12. Whoa. Incredible photos. You can see all her eyes and everything!

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  13. I am hugely jealous of your macro lens. These photos are amazing! I am not a massive spider fan but I can sure admire them.

    AND, cold weather means you can get some awesome snow/ice/frost close ups.

    Chloe x
    www.bythelock.com

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  14. Your camera looks like it takes some awesome pictures! I think spiders are amazing. I wouldn't really want to touch one, especially the big ones. But I would never kill one.

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  15. What a beauty! What kind of spider is she?

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    1. I'm thinking a grass spider.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grass_spider

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  16. I don't hate spiders but I admit they do give me the heebie jeebies sometimes, especially when they dart out of nowhere! They are fascinating little creatures though, and it's exciting to see them so up close and personal. Really neat pictures ^_^

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  17. I was actually expecting a picture of the spider feasting on some poor critter which got stuck to its web. That'd be so cool to see! Lovely shots, by the way!

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  18. Spiders are great, but if one were to land on my arm I would automatically shriek!
    Taking macros of bugs is a lot of fun. My sister and I found two mosquitos mating on the side of our house last summer and we got some great pictures of it! I only feel a tad creepy having done that, bwhaha!

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  19. I LOVE spiders..... not inside my home, but they are awesome creatures in the garden and around the yard. They make exquisite macro photo subjects. Great shots!

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  20. This is so cool! If I were in your shoes, I would be paranoid all the time during the shoot about how they will jump onto my lens!

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  21. Those are some really beautiful pictures! I used to have one of the Lensbaby macro converters for my old camera - it was nifty (and cheap!) but I didn't really love the super-vignetted effect. Hopefully I'll get around to buying an actual macro lens for my new camera one of these days!

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  22. That's too cool...I would love to know how to take pictures that well!

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  23. Your photos are super beautiful! Especially with all the dew drops on the web.

    I'm not a spider hater, but I'm not a spider fan. They used to freak me out, but I didn't like killing them with spray because it's so inhumane, so I got a spider catcher (have you seen them? http://www.spidercatcher.net/) Something about using the spider catcher has made spiders less scary to me. I still don't love them, but I don't freak out, I just catch them up and put them outside :)

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  24. I'm really excited that you now have a macro lens and can't wait to see more photos! I bought a macro lens about six years ago and it rarely leaves my camera...I can't tell you how many bug photos I have on my hard drive, haha! It's like a whole other world!

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  25. Do you happen to know what this species is called? I've seen a few that resemble this gal around my place, but I haven't been able to identify them!

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    1. I'm thinking a grass spider.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grass_spider

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  26. Those 'babies' might be her boyfriends! There are some crazy size differences between male and female spiders - often the males are tiny and hang about near her web until she's in the mood :)
    Very pretty pictures! I live in Australia, so it helps that I don't mind spiders, there are such a lot of them here, especially in the summer when the Golden Orb spiders have their gold webs strung up everywhere. I don't have a very good camera, but I should try to get some photos of their pretty yellow webs!

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    1. I don't think so. I did a little bit of research after taking the pictures. Judging by the number of them and the size I'd say babies not boyfriends.

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  27. Wow! These images are gorgeous! :)

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  28. That lens is amazing! Spiders are fascinating animals.

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  29. Whoa!! Spiders give me the heebie-jeebies, but these shots are amazing! The dew on the web?! I die!

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  30. Hahaha I know what you mean, I posted a picture of an AMAZING spider that can live underwater by using its own web as a cocoon to trap oxygen on my blog and people got real mad at me.
    These pictures are flipping gorgeous.

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