Anterior Median and Anterior Lateral Eyes (Phidippus pius?)

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    First of all, let me start off by saying that the color of the eyes is natural, and that is the way it came out of the camera (see original photo below). The green is made even more apparent by the fact that I took this photo on a green pillowcase. I honestly don't know why the eyes of jumpers show up as different colors, but they are beautiful nonetheless.

    I was planning on taking it easy inside today as Friday I was attacked by ants and now my left foot is swollen, covered in sores, and itchy as hell. But I got bored this afternoon and headed out to the nearby field to see if I could find any bugs. Initially, I didn't have much luck, but as I was about to leave, this female jumper perched on a large blade of grass caught my eye. I couldn't believe she was a jumping spider at first due to her enormous size. I'm sure I've seen bigger ones, but she was at least 20mm in body size, she was huge!

    I coaxed her into a zip-loc as it was getting dark and headed home to photograph. I set her (and some leaves I had collected) on a green pillowcase. I used a small bike light as a focus assistant (basically a spotlight so I could see through the viewfinder). I took all the photos I wanted and then released exactly where I had found her.

    This photo (a crop from the image below) was taken with my usual 28mm (at f/8) reversed on a few extension tubes, which works out to be somewhere between 4:1 and 5:1. I really wish I had my bellows with me so I could have taken this photo at 10:1 as she was really being cooperative with all the picture taking.

    Ana_Cotta, Elza Guevara, and 225 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. [ Tam Nguyen Photography ] 72 months ago | reply

      very nice DOF and coloration

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    2. Marc Crumpler (Ilikethenight) 72 months ago | reply

      Stunning work...the eyes are amazing.

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    3. soybo 72 months ago | reply

      I can see you !!! great shot

    4. GooseGoddessS 70 months ago | reply

      She's beautiful!!!

    5. Tome Rodrigo 70 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called HQ Macro (invitation only), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    6. ramadam karim 68 months ago | reply

      felicidades!! que buena foto!!

    7. Abrahão Filho 67 months ago | reply

      WoOoW!!! Amazing!!!!

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    9. Cory McGuckin {Freelance Photographer} 67 months ago | reply

      its a jumping spider. and itchy itchy itchy! my feet are tingiling must stand!

    10. FyrSyde 66 months ago | reply

      TOTALLY love the first one in this set! Oh what the hell, I love them all! Great job!!!

    11. Peronio 66 months ago | reply

      Wow! You can see perfectly the reflections on the eyes...

    12. keith rodney 64 months ago | reply

      stunning photo.....outstanding detail......i love this shot ....very well done

    13. Royal Oaks Gardener 58 months ago | reply

      Fabulous, absolutely fabulous photography.

    14. Stepwise Photography 54 months ago | reply

      Did you use ring light/flash or any types of lighting?

    15. loliflickr 54 months ago | reply

      All your stream are FANTASTIC!!! I'm speechless!!!

    16. FISHNROBO 50 months ago | reply

      awesome shot...........!!

    17. danny linton 42 months ago | reply

      great capture and somthing i want to try soon iv just ordered my cheap reverse ring off ebay and now to find some cheap extension tubes. I have a questions tho do you use a ring flash ?

    18. Hadinata Lim 29 months ago | reply

      Personally i Fall in love with all your job Thomas Shahan...

      may i know what lens you use for your macro shoot?

      i'm a bit confuse what lens should i have :S

    19. livewritinglovebugs 13 months ago | reply

      Oh my goodness... the detail!

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