Zebra Spider (Salticus scenicus) {Explored}

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    A species of jumping spider found across north America and Europe.

    These active hunters use their excellent eyesight to help stalk their prey, before leaping on top of their victims at close range.
    Prior to launching onto their prey they attach a silk line so that if they miss their prey they can climb back up the strand.
    Mean jumping velocity is estimated to be between 64 and 79 cm/s

    Sharpness affected by diffraction. best stick to a wider aperture at this magnification.
    Approx 2.5x life-size
    Then cropped approx 30%

    Light using an off axis Speedlight 430EX II for fill light with Stofen diffuser fitted (in ETTL mode -2/3 EV) positioned overhead left of frame.
    Triggered using the 7D wireless IR triggering.

    Explore position #375
    21 Sep 2010

    Image published on the BBC Nature website, home of Springwatch & Autumnwatch
    Image used in spider facts article
    www.bbc.co.uk/nature/uk/indepth/spider-facts.shtml

    Blue Melanistic.Three Million Views., and 11 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Duvali@-Lat@ (Serge Rolandez) 43 months ago | reply

      Magnifique Macro.... (bravo).

    2. dlv1 43 months ago | reply

      Great macro!
      Amazing work seen in

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    3. markgsmith 43 months ago | reply

      Fantastic work

    4. socalgal_64 43 months ago | reply

      Amazing work seen in

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    6. plot19 43 months ago | reply

      great close up shot..

    7. fazer53 43 months ago | reply

      Very nice macro Mark ! I have photographed very few spiders but the one Jumping Spider I did he decided he liked my lense when I got too close.

    8. Mark S Payne 43 months ago | reply

      Many thanks :-)

      yeah it was in the back of my mind as I looked at them through the viewfinder. shudder....!

    9. Cosper Wosper 43 months ago | reply

      Nice one Mark. I had a go at these earlier in the year, I could never get the DoF right... sharp feet fuzzy eyes, you know the kind of thing, but this shot is a cracker, well done mate. :@)

    10. GOLDENORFE 43 months ago | reply

      very nice, good composition, but would like a bit more room on rhs.

    11. Mark S Payne 42 months ago | reply

      Image has been published on the BBC Autumnwatch website
      Info can be found here:
      www.bbc.co.uk/nature/uk/indepth/spider-facts.shtml

    12. J Centavo 42 months ago | reply

      Nominated

      I pick this photograph to be on the cover of National Geographic
      National Geographic: Are You Good Enough?

    13. IvoMathieuGaston 42 months ago | reply

      Nominated

      I pick this photograph to be on the cover of National Geographic
      National Geographic: Are You Good Enough?

    14. Jackie & Dennis 42 months ago | reply

      Well done Mark on Autumnwatch :-)

    15. Cosper Wosper 42 months ago | reply

      Nice one Mark, glad to see you got your shot up on Autumn Watch...
      I was in the first three on the Unsprung quiz tonight... Yay :@)

    16. Mcestudiors [deleted] 30 months ago | reply

      WOwww VERY good!!! super MACRO pro pro pro!!! CANON user BRAZIL fan

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