David Terao  

Jumping Spider on Dahlia by David Terao

September 2021 - Jumping Spider on Dahlia

September 2021 - David Terao


About the Image(s)

While I was out shooting dahlias in a nearby public garden, I found this little guy crawling around inside a dahlia. It wasn't until I got home and put the image on a monitor that I realized it was a jumping spider. They are very tiny! I had to crop the image considerably and adjusted the tones in Lightroom. I then enlarged the image in Topaz Labs' Gigapixel AI and reduced noise in DeNoise AI. Taken with a Canon EOS R5 and Zeiss 100mm Makro-Planar at 1/2500 seconds @f/2.0 and ISO 100 (handheld).

11 comments posted

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
This is a fascinating image. Not at all clear to me at first look that this is a spider - it it more like a tiny jewel. The bokeh provided by the flower add to the impact of the photograph. Well done but it needs explanation for the casual viewer.   Posted: 09/01/2021 14:21:06
David Terao   David Terao
Thanks, Ray. I don't know what more I can do for the casual viewer other than use a descriptive image title as boring as it is.   Posted: 09/02/2021 17:58:17

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
This is spectacular. The soft and dreamy petals and the graceful curve takes me right to the spider which has amazing detail. I love your use of negative space and you placed the main subject perfectly. This would be a winner in any competition and would be gorgeous as a metal print. I love it!   Posted: 09/02/2021 09:02:01
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you, Cindy. When I first examined the original RAW file, it took a while to figure out the best composition. I did have to brighten the dark areas quite a bit and even adjusted the hue to match the pink dahlia color.   Posted: 09/02/2021 18:01:46

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
(Groups 66 & 86)
It's ok that he's so small, because the background is just so beautiful and engaging. I think I've taken dozens of attempts at a shot like this, and never found a background so nice.   Posted: 09/03/2021 17:57:42
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you, Jack. When I was processing this image, I had a difficult time deciding whether the subject should be the curvaceous dahlia petal or the spider. I decided to keep the spider small and make use of negative space.   Posted: 09/03/2021 18:10:50

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
Amazing, on top of that, this is a manual focus lens, and hand held, nice shot!   Posted: 09/08/2021 17:14:38
David Terao   David Terao
I usually shoot dahlias handheld on a cloudy, but bright day so that I don't have to use a tripod. When I saw this little fellow on a dahlia petal, I wish I had auto-focus. I also didn't use the lens focus ring, but rather kept the focal distance constant and slowly moved forward and backward until the focus peaking showed the spider was in focus. I took about six shots this way, and only one shot was in perfect focus.   Posted: 09/08/2021 17:54:29

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
Amazing, on top of that, this is a manual focus lens, and hand held, nice shot!   Posted: 09/08/2021 17:14:40

Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
Well done, David. I love the blurred look and pink/lavender color. Very well done. The petal leads us directly to the subject which is so sharp! The spider looks to me like it is hiding under a ring.   Posted: 09/10/2021 09:46:10
David Terao   David Terao
Thanks, Don. I was quite lucky to get this shot.   Posted: 09/10/2021 10:15:17


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