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Cat-Faced Tree Spider, Araneus gemma, with a Cell Phone

Post by Charles Haacker » Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:32 am

Made with the camera we all seem to mostly have with us in the phones that are smarter than we are. :lol: She was workin' her snare right on the front of the garbage bin and the trashmen (wasn't that a band once?) were marching determinedly to destroy her happy little home (but she'd been pretty much skunked anyway which, as a dismal fisherman myself, I sympathize). I had little time so whipped out my trusty Huwei Nexus 6p and cranked off a series of shots kinda backwards and upside down. This one was sharp. It's been cropped considerable. I think the cat face is upside down.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:47 am

Oh, the treasures one finds in the trash. Indeed, a happy cat, not large enough to eat a canary, but satisfied with what it has gotten. Great detail. Good capture. Matt
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Post by LindaShorey » Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:04 pm

Love it!! The shadow really makes the picture, along with the sharpness of the ultra-cool arachnid. Thanks so much for posting, Chuck.
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Post by PietFrancke » Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:52 pm

I am amazed at how well the shot turned out with that tiny cell phone sensor. Good job Chuck!!

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Post by minniev » Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:25 pm

Very nice spider portrait, Chuck. I don't quite understand why she's named cat-faced, but that's OK too, I can enjoy her grand detail without knowing why she was so named.
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Post by Charles Haacker » Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:40 am

Matt Quinn wrote:Oh, the treasures one finds in the trash. Indeed, a happy cat, not large enough to eat a canary, but satisfied with what it has gotten. Great detail. Good capture. Matt
Thank you, Matt! I was working on the processing when my arachnophobic son happened by and glanced at the screen. :o
LindaShorey wrote:Love it!! The shadow really makes the picture, along with the sharpness of the ultra-cool arachnid. Thanks so much for posting, Chuck.
Thanks, Linda. I liked the shadow too. I thought it gave depth.
PietFrancke wrote:I am amazed at how well the shot turned out with that tiny cell phone sensor. Good job Chuck!!
Thanks, Piet. I'm surprised too. I would have gone for my real camera but there was no time, so I thought what the hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained. :)
minniev wrote:Very nice spider portrait, Chuck. I don't quite understand why she's named cat-faced, but that's OK too, I can enjoy her grand detail without knowing why she was so named.
Thanks Min! I think the cat face is in the markings on the abdomen, but I can't quite tell if it should be looked at upside down or right side up. Looked at right side up I think I can see eyes, feline nose, and whiskers. Maybe. Or not. :|
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Post by St3v3M » Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:23 am

I love fun shots like these, and that you were happy to help! Great job with the cellphone! I hope to see more of these! S-
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