Raft Spider

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    Dolomedes fimbriatus
    Size (body): 22 mm

    This is the largest spider species we have here in Sweden. Obviously, it's nothing compared to what can be found in many other places, but it's still a fairly impressive animal. Especially when you consider the ease with witch, even fully grown females such as this one, can move over a water surface. This one dove down and hid beneath the log you see in the background for a few minutes when I first approached it. But I stayed put and when it resurfaced it completely seemed to ignore my presence (I could even pet it).

    Single mixed light exposure (diffused built in flash + natural light).

    Sony NEX-7, Sony 18-55 (kit-zoom), 10 mm extension tube

    (more shots in the comment section)

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    1. mmgri 32 months ago | reply

      Stunning photo!

    2. Fabio Rage 32 months ago | reply

      Wonderful wide macro shots! Thanks for sharing the setting as well! Cheers!

    3. tobyjug5 32 months ago | reply

      great angle

    4. paul messerschmidt (europe) 32 months ago | reply

      I especially like the ones that perfectly illustrate water's surface tension.

    5. stephanegachet 32 months ago | reply

      Très original, bravo

    6. Marc Briggs 32 months ago | reply

      Wow, great catch!

    7. gatorlink 32 months ago | reply

      Great series and a good reminder that a fancy flash setup is not necessary for good results.

    8. Hamster-X 32 months ago | reply

      Absolutely stunning!

    9. thierry2478 32 months ago | reply

      excellent !!!

    10. DirkFotos1 32 months ago | reply

      Super ! You don't need expensive light / flash equipment. A creative mind is enough ! Great macro work John

    11. MichalRo 32 months ago | reply

      yeah, this is European monster. we have the same species in Poland and its the largest spider around. have some nice close-ups in my gallery, if you want to look.

    12. Matthew Schwartz 32 months ago | reply

      this is a seriously killer shot. super creative / unique, and excellent technically. thanks so much for sharing the stories, info, and shooting techniques and equipment. always a pleasure and privilege to view your posts. thanks!

    13. Mark Edwards (FPG) 32 months ago | reply

      lovely shot of the spider but oh how brilliant to get those contours on the water.

    14. Timo Halonen 32 months ago | reply

      Love it :-) The best raft spider shot I've seen !

    15. AnyMotion 32 months ago | reply

      A wonderful close-up !

      Seen in Nature Nerds

    16. David Cabrera Ortiz 32 months ago | reply

      amazing shot, specially i love the stress on the water surface. it is an amazing moment showing beautyful phisics

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