Tom Pickering  

Wolf Spider Encounter by Tom Pickering

October 2019 - Wolf Spider Encounter

About the Image(s)

Specs: Nikon D5000, Tamron 60mm Macro + 66mm of Extensions, F19, 1/2s, ISO 200, Tripod, Room Light

I usually try to get shots of live spiders, without a whole lot of success. In this case, I came upon this lovely in a death in our laundry room. Tried doing some stacks, but this was so small I couldn't get the right position and sequence of images for a decent stack. So, then I started just going for the best single image captures and arrived at this one. Suggestions?

This round’s discussion is now closed!
12 comments posted

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Hi, Tom.
Appropriate month (October) for this 'spooky' insect! I do like this front orientation of the spider. Good detail and the face area is very sharp. My only suggestion is to crop some of the empty space off the top to give the immediate attention to the subject.
You did get an amazing close-up of the spider.
Great job!
  Posted: 10/07/2019 19:02:23
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
(Groups 53 & 86 & 95)
Good idea, Janet! Thanks! d:¬{D   Posted: 10/07/2019 23:12:33

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
Hi tom.
I agree with Janet , that some of the top be cropped.I also used the new Topaz Sharpen A1. There is also a spot above the right eye which should be darkened.   Posted: 10/10/2019 10:17:59
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Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
(Groups 53 & 86 & 95)
That demonstrates it well, Stuart. I try to be judicious with sharpening, not wanting to overdo it and have things get too crispy. You seem to have struck a good balance here. Thanks! d:¬{D   Posted: 10/10/2019 10:42:58
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
(Groups 64 & 95)
I've had a go with Topaz Sharpen AI demo version and can't say I found much benefit, and this example isn't changing my opinion I'm afraid. Is it perhaps a lower resolution upload as I can't see an improvement. What am I missing?   Posted: 10/15/2019 08:28:31
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
(Groups 53 & 86 & 95)
Because of the restraints of the DD site, yes, this is a lower resolution version.

I have all the Topaz AI products - I'm one of their beta testers - and I have not be very impressed either. Their Denoise AI is a regular part of my workflow and I sometimes use their Gigapixel AI for enlarging for prints.   Posted: 10/15/2019 08:45:39

Dick States   Dick States
Great macro of a spider. I do like it better with the crop off the top. Not sure I care for so many highlights in the eyes. Great job of getting a true macro.   Posted: 10/20/2019 15:18:47
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
(Groups 53 & 86 & 95)
Thanks, Dick! I've been working hard on it. Been watching several videos of late.   Posted: 10/20/2019 23:58:55

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Wonderful photo -- looks very alive! I agree with the crop. Love the clarity of the spikey hairs and bristles! Maybe I would have liked to see the full view of the side legs included -- or were they perhaps broken off or damaged? I'm glad we don't have any of those fellows in my neck of the woods. Black widows are enough to worry about!   Posted: 10/20/2019 16:09:00
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
(Groups 53 & 86 & 95)
When spiders die, their legs pull in. In an effort to have it look alive, I cropped and cloned out those pulled in legs.   Posted: 10/21/2019 00:01:14

Salvador Atance   Salvador Atance
Why you know it was dead and not waiting you torn your view to jump over you? I recognize to be in pànic with these "animals".
Maybe an horizontal position of the camera could help to see better the legs.   Posted: 10/24/2019 19:31:14
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
(Groups 53 & 86 & 95)
I found another one and have done just that, Salvador. d;¬{D   Posted: 10/24/2019 23:29:14