Bill Foy  

Golden Orb-weaver by Bill Foy

March 2020 - Golden Orb-weaver

March 2020 - Bill Foy


About the Image(s)

This image was made a few years ago at the Long Key Natural Area and Nature Center in Davie, FL. Long Key is a really good source of spiders if that's why your camera is walking you around. This spider is sometimes referred to as a Banana Spider, but I like to use the real name if I can find it. Still learning LR and finding not as easy as PSA folks tell me. I didn't record what I did as I was making adjustments so this is my best guess - I lightened and sharpened the image in LR, cropped and removed some "stuff" in PS. I tried to removed the diagonal line on the right, but couldn't without leaving a "shadow". Nikon D500, Nikkor 70-200mm lens @ 185mm, f/8, 1/1600, ISO-6400, handheld, no flash.

11 comments posted

Judy Burr   Judy Burr
Great image and very sharp where it needs to be. You could send it to the PSA nature ID person. I have had help there in the past.I like the angle, but would like to see a bit more light on the head. DOF is just right.   Posted: 03/09/2020 11:12:47
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Judy. To this point I haven't ventured into the "local" adjustments of LR & PS very much, so that's why the head didn't get any adjustments.   Posted: 03/15/2020 11:02:26
Judy Burr   Judy Burr
You are not alone! I either burn or dodge or use Viveza control point to make changes. I have a long way to go with processing!   Posted: 03/17/2020 14:38:16

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Wow, what 50 years of photography has given us. I last tried to photograph those spiders when I was in the keys in 1970/71. Imagine no auto focus, no high ISO etc etc. and no slides kept. I think your DOF is adequate, although I would also would of tried f11 as film is cheap. Great composition. I used Luminar 4.1's erase tool at size of 55, made 1 pass and this is what resulted. Maybe if you used a bigger erase brush size that would of eliminated the shadow that resulted when you tried it. I used clone tool over the erasure to improve things as well as the dodge tool on the spider. Don't be offended, I need the practice also with mm post processing and did it quickly. Luminar also has a plugin for LR, but I don't use LR or PS.   Posted: 03/09/2020 12:21:06
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Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Bob. I'm the last guy in the line of offended people. I'm trying to get better at this and will accept every bit of advice offered.
It's easy for me to image no auto focus, high ISO, etc., since I started shooting in the early 60's when I was in the USAF stationed in Istanbul, Turkey. How about shooting a roadside flower stand from a moving car?
I've played with this image a little since I submitted it and realized that I use the Spot Healing Brush Tool when I should have used the Healing Brush Tool in PS.   Posted: 03/15/2020 11:17:28

Stephan Debelle   Stephan Debelle
Very nicely done with such an high iso and handheld. I like how you processed the image with LR, it is sharp and the tone very pleasant. The remove tool in LR can be frustrating and does not work well for all situation - That is when PS comes in handy.

I am thankful we don't have these here!   Posted: 03/09/2020 21:30:49
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Stephan. I don't remember for sure, but I don't think I tried the Remove Tool in LR, but went into PS and, as I mentioned in my reply to Bob Legg, used the wrong Healing Brush Tool.   Posted: 03/15/2020 11:19:48

Bob Wills   Bob Wills
I like the revised image a lot. Do not like spiders at all. They are like pit bull insects. Bite, bite, bite. I used the Heal tool in LR, just slightly larger than the line, and drew it the full length. I also used the Radial filter (the other circle too at the top) and lightened the face and upper body. Then I lowered the highlights and increased dehaze to reduce the background whites to expose more leg. Cropped a little off the left to give him the appearance of more room to move down his web. A really great image, Bill.   Posted: 03/10/2020 16:54:40
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Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Bob. I'm gonna go back and try your Radial Filter (something I haven't touched yet), and the white-lowering techniques. I couldn't figure out how to get that background darker!   Posted: 03/15/2020 11:23:37

Karen Harris   Karen Harris
EW!!! Glad this was you taking this and not me. I'm not a spider fan. Really cool shot though. I increased the yellow saturation a bit and also sharpened it a bit more. Very cool.   Posted: 03/15/2020 15:16:24

Karen Harris   Karen Harris
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