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Old 5th September 2010
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Hi all just caught this, The spider approx the size of my index fingernail, untouched in anyway apart from resizing to upload.

Taken using my e-500 with the 14-45mm lens...must get a marco...

I shall in the coming days be uploading more photos, I just hope I'm starting to get to grips with the camera



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Hi all just caught this, The spider approx the size of my index fingernail, untouched in anyway apart from resizing to upload.

Taken using my e-500 with the 14-45mm lens...must get a marco...

I shall in the coming days be uploading more photos, I just hope I'm starting to get to grips with the camera





Just had a 30sec play to tone the flashlight down...hope it's more like me none to bright
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Re: Life and Death....on a thread

No Steve, 1st is much better. You have lost loads of detail in the second one by darkening it too much.
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No Steve, 1st is much better. You have lost loads of detail in the second one by darkening it too much.

Thanks theMusicMan, This is where my total lack of understading comes into play .

As I said on the post I will be uploading some photos taken on a lovely day day this week (the only real one we've had ) and they will be untouched in any way shape or form, I will want the regulars to compare what Iv'e posted so far and let me know if I'm getting ANY better with the camera rather the software programs, that will only really come once I can handle the camera ( If I ever get to grips with it ) .

Camera club stars for me tomorrow night...lets hope
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Re: Life and Death....on a thread

John's right, the second version is way too dark. The only real issue with the first one is the flash was too harsh on the spider. However it is a really good attempt at a difficult subject, particularly with a standard zoom lens. It's definitely one you can feel pleased with and next time try dialling in a bit of minus flash compensation. Start with minus 1 stop and see how you get on. Also try without flash, too Trying several different techniques and seeing how they compare is a really good way to learn.
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John's right, the second version is way too dark. The only real issue with the first one is the flash was too harsh on the spider. However it is a really good attempt at a difficult subject, particularly with a standard zoom lens. It's definitely one you can feel pleased with and next time try dialling in a bit of minus flash compensation. Start with minus 1 stop and see how you get on. Also try without flash, too Trying several different techniques and seeing how they compare is a really good way to learn.
Thank you Zuiko, I'm just getting used to clicking the button , Never mind camera club tonight...I hope my "Homer" brain can take the information in
I could not try using no flash as it was late last night and I just caught what was happening when my neighbour was leaving...maybe a lamp would have been a better way to go?
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Thank you Zuiko, I'm just getting used to clicking the button , Never mind camera club tonight...I hope my "Homer" brain can take the information in
I could not try using no flash as it was late last night and I just caught what was happening when my neighbour was leaving...maybe a lamp would have been a better way to go?
The common spiders are very difficult to photograph well, they are quite frustrating. The problem is the light/white markings are actually very highly reflective, and that spiders are usually in darker areas, so burn on parts of the backs/legs is very common.

The best advice I can think of is to find spiders on brighter backgrounds.

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The common spiders are very difficult to photograph well, they are quite frustrating. The problem is the light/white markings are actually very highly reflective, and that spiders are usually in darker areas, so burn on parts of the backs/legs is very common.

The best advice I can think of is to find spiders on brighter backgrounds.

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Or look for black spiders
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