Anterior Median and Anterior Lateral Eyes of a Phidippus princeps Jumping Spider

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    Click here to watch a video I took of this spider earlier today.

    Make sure to watch it in high quality!

    This little Phidippus princeps was found (not by me) inside, and photographed before her I released her.

    I always plan to take a short video of each spider I find, but I usually forget, so the linked video above is pretty rare for me. It's fascinating to watch the palp and chelicerae movement, as it's really mechanical and jerky sometimes, almost like stop-motion animation.

    The above photo ( a minor crop) was taken at ~7-8:1 magnification with the 28mm reversed to some extension tubes mounted to the bellows. The lens was set to f/5.6, to preserve sharpness, but as a result the depth of field was extremely shallow. Therefore, I had to take a photo for each individual eye. I ended up stacking 5 photos manually in photoshop (it took forever).

    The original photo before resizing is pretty impressive, as you can see actual ridges in the scales on the side of her head, and you can see the thread-work of the shirt reflected in her eyes! I actually had to focus stack the reflections in her eyes.

    I try to do the best I can with processing these images, but if anything looks bizarre or poorly done to you, please speak up, as I can't see all of my mistakes.

    :chris:, recaptured, neonfish3, and 278 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. erainevs 61 months ago | reply

      AMAZING.. no other word can describe this

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    3. Tut99 (Roger) 52 months ago | reply

      Excellent shot!
      I really like your animal photo!
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    4. VladimirYo 47 months ago | reply

      Stunning shot!

    5. Ana MD 46 months ago | reply

      Amazing macro!!

    6. .Villalobos. 45 months ago | reply

      Amazing Macro! Congrats

    7. Leanna Brodeur 43 months ago | reply

      Amazingly beautiful!!!

    8. FLuijendijk 40 months ago | reply

      This is absolutely crazy! I have never seen anything like this!! Beautifull

    9. Mohammed ALBada3i 32 months ago | reply

      WOW brilliant shot

    10. xX M@rtin Xx 22 months ago | reply

      Amazing work. You are incredibly talented.

    11. Sylverdali 20 months ago | reply

      This image would have to be the ultimate view, outstanding in every way a true piece of art and superb photography

    12. Mike_t_by_the_sea 14 months ago | reply

      When I look into your eyes...., I see a fly

    13. coyrooster 12 months ago | reply

      Notwithstanding two radical facelifts in 2013 and Flickr's dreaded Beta Bomb dropping on English speaking countries March 25, 2014 -- this classic image remains among the featured photos at *ABW* Gallery which marked its 7th anniversary just weeks before the bomb struck. Cheers Thomas.
      Nominee Admired in *ABW* Gallery

    14. Simon Stephenson 9 months ago | reply

      Amazing detail, love it

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