Madhusudhan Srinivasan  

Untitled by Madhusudhan Srinivasan

August 2019 - Untitled

About the Image(s)

Just after monsoon, we were looking for interesting subjects and this scene caught my eyes to capture and observe the next move from this Ant mimic spider with Bottle fly kill. It is interesting to see how similar the spider looks to the Red Ants. This species of spider usually spend most of its lifetime being around Ant colonies in search of food for living.

I think the bottle fly would have got deceived by the looks of the spider and bearing the brunt for its mistake. It was an interesting scene but after few clicks, had to let her be by herself and enjoy her food.

Gears used:
Nikon D7200, Sigma 105mm macro, Godox TT685 External Flash with DIY diffuser, Handheld

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15 comments posted

Salvador Atance   Salvador Atance
As usual Madhu shows us in a very nice picture, colorfull and very well composed, an impactant vision of animal life.
Only the victim and half of the body of the spider are in focus, dificult task with moving insects, he didn't inform about the F stop used, perhaps using flash the F could be higher not affecting too much the general light.
Any way I think it's a good real photojournalism work in the Macro photography field.   Posted: 08/07/2019 12:14:16
Madhusudhan Srinivasan   Madhusudhan Srinivasan
(Group 67)
Thanks Salvador. I think the Exif details were missed to be included in the posting.
Exif: 1/100, f8, ISO200, Weighted Avg. Metering.
Thanks for the point on including this image in Photo Journalism. Had not thought about it from PJD perspective at all :)   Posted: 08/22/2019 03:38:48

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I think this is splendid. Personally I love the small depth of field as it focusses my attention of the spider's eyes and mandibles as he gets hiss reward. I suppose it's depends on what was the aim - a record of the event, when a full depth of field is needed to show it all as Salvador says, or a pictorial photo where the emphasis is on the story.
I like the background too, striking and simple so it pulls the eye in yet doesn't then demand attention which the viewer can give fully to the action.   Posted: 08/09/2019 14:25:48
Madhusudhan Srinivasan   Madhusudhan Srinivasan
(Group 67)
Thanks a lot Stuart.   Posted: 08/22/2019 03:39:57

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Another example of your being at the right place at the right time.
I agree with Stuart that having the action sharp does 'lock in' the nature story you were able to get. Often in nature the story itself is considered the most important element over the technical. Great detail in the face of the spider and fly.
To me this is an amazing capture!   Posted: 08/12/2019 14:57:53
Madhusudhan Srinivasan   Madhusudhan Srinivasan
(Group 67)
Thanks a lot Janet. Appreciate it!   Posted: 08/25/2019 21:47:41

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
(Groups 29 & 60 & 74 & 80)
Very nice image Madhu. Love the DOF - I think it puts the focus in exactly the right place.   Posted: 08/14/2019 11:01:58
Madhusudhan Srinivasan   Madhusudhan Srinivasan
(Group 67)
Thank you very much for stopping by Bill. Appreciate the comment.   Posted: 08/22/2019 03:40:45

Dick States   Dick States
Great composition here and I like the DOF that puts the eyes and the mandibles in focus where all the action is located with part of the fly in focus. Nice background with a nice diagonal formed by the edge of the leaf. Really can't add to what others have said. Great shot.   Posted: 08/18/2019 17:54:25
Madhusudhan Srinivasan   Madhusudhan Srinivasan
(Group 67)
Thank you so much Dick.   Posted: 08/22/2019 03:41:39

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Incredible drama frozen in this image!!! Wonderful detail where needed and I can make no helpful suggestions.   Posted: 08/20/2019 18:02:01
Madhusudhan Srinivasan   Madhusudhan Srinivasan
(Group 67)
Thank you Tom. :)   Posted: 08/22/2019 03:41:59

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Fantastic and awful! How did you get this to happen on whatever the green stuff is underneath them? Why do both your recent spiders seem to have 4 eyes?

Great and hard to get photo. Reminds me of the old movie -- The Fly! The end scene.   Posted: 08/21/2019 20:54:14
Madhusudhan Srinivasan   Madhusudhan Srinivasan
(Group 67)
Thanks Sandra. It is Aloe Vera plant underneath the spider. As you would know, Spiders have 8 eyes generally positioned symmetrically (except few species with 6 eyes). The spiders are identified mainly by their eye pattern and the abdominal patterns. 4 eyes are seen as the other eyes are on either sides.
Haven't watched that movie. Will look for it since you drew a comparison. :)   Posted: 08/22/2019 03:50:03
Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
It's a really old movie I'm talking about. A scientist gets, by mistake, his head put on a fly. I think you can guess the rest!

Vincent Price   Posted: 08/25/2019 19:49:43