Jason Stewart  

Jumping Spider by Jason Stewart

July 2021 - Jumping Spider

About the Image(s)

A macro shot of a jumping spider on flower.
Canon 5Diii with Tamron 90mm macro
1/100 sec. f/10 90mm iso 2000
tripod used

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6 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
While I am not a great fan of the arachnid family I must admit, this little guy, with the big eyes is a bit on the cute side. Even though he is a bit small, I think you did a fine job photographing the spider. However, for me, the images just feels odd. The flower is such a dominant feature that it overpowers the spider who ends up being an also ran to the flower. The visual balance is just tilted against the spider. I think the settings and the processing of the spider both work well. The would be star just needs to be larger in the frame.   Posted: 07/04/2021 14:41:07

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
Hi Jason, what a fine print this image would make! The green on the "face" of the spider catches my eye. It might be worth trying to crop the image a little closer on top and left side, leaving the spider in the same corner of the photo. You would still capture the beauty of the flower, but give the spider a little more emphasis. Nice!!   Posted: 07/06/2021 14:18:13

Jason Stewart   Jason Stewart
Thank you both! I should have probably explained my rational for this particular crop. I myself have struggled with "is this a photo of the spider or a flower?" I took separate photos of both but the idea behind this was a miniature "animalscape" I agree that its a bit off balance and a viewer may not know where to focus.   Posted: 07/07/2021 13:53:56

Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
This looks like one of those little jumping spiders. Really small. Really cute looking little guy but is being overpowered by the flower. He is just not big enough to compete with that big purple flower. I see 2 good images by themselves but to gather they just don't get along. Great idea. like the composition and a wonderful find just seeing that little guy.
  Posted: 07/08/2021 18:14:11

David Kepley   David Kepley
Jason, The juxtaposition of the center of the flower and the spider is great! Several suggestions: The image is a bit noisy. This is probably because you shot it at 2000ISO. Suggest you use either the denoise function in LRC or in Topaz Denoise. When using a macro lens and getting real close to small objects the DOF gets very narrow very quickly. So in this shot the center of the flower, some of the stamens and the front half of the spider are pretty sharp, but the rest is soft. I think I wouod have liked to have seen much more of it be sharp.   Posted: 07/09/2021 13:01:04

Cindy Bilinsky   Cindy Bilinsky
There are a lot of good comments on this image. Visually I find the patterns with the stamens on the flower and the body of the spider interesting in their similarity. The subtle veining on the flower petals seems to cradle the spider. I agree the spider gets lost in the size of the flower. Have you tried focus stacking for your macro images?   Posted: 07/29/2021 13:39:44