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Another spider from my visit to Kerala, could not find out what species this is. I had a very interesting time taking this picture. I found this guy under the grass next to my parents' house. I wanted to have both the spider and the drops on the web in focus, but since the spider would sit on the driest part of the web, I had to resort to using a narrow aperture. The amount of light beneath the grass wasn't good enough and holding the camera in an awkward angle while being down on my haunches wasn't a very pleasant experience. I waited for noon when the light was a little stronger which helped me with the exposure, but the sun would also dry up the drops on the web - some predicament I was facing. And obviously I had to do all this without making too much noise and movement  lest I scare the little guy away. But even after all that, I had a great time taking pictures of this spider and I would love to go back and do all of that again - I think I'm pretty sure that I love doing this :)

Spider

Another spider from my visit to Kerala, could not find out what species this is. I had a very interesting time taking this picture. I found this guy under the grass next to my parents' house. I wanted to have both the spider and the drops on the web in focus, but since the spider would sit on the driest part of the web, I had to resort to using a narrow aperture. The amount of light beneath the grass wasn't good enough and holding the camera in an awkward angle while being down on my haunches wasn't a very pleasant experience. I waited for noon when the light was a little stronger which helped me with the exposure, but the sun would also dry up the drops on the web - some predicament I was facing. And obviously I had to do all this without making too much noise and movement  lest I scare the little guy away. But even after all that, I had a great time taking pictures of this spider and I would love to go back and do all of that again - I think I'm pretty sure that I love doing this :)

comments (10)

You have taken a good one here Thomas. I think the water makes this one. Great color.
Thomas Mathew: Thank you Frances, I'm glad you like it smile
That's a wonderful image Thomas, and I really think well worth the trouble! I often am perplexed with the same type of complexities when trying to get a difficult shot- but in this case it most certainly paid off for you! Glad you love doing this - cuz I love seeing your work!
Thomas Mathew: I definitely feel its worth the trouble Elizabeth, may be even a little more if that would get me a better result smile Thanks for visiting.
  • Chantal
  • Terheijden
  • 14 Oct 2011, 08:42
great capture of the drops in the web
Thomas Mathew: Thank you kindly Chantal
  • lisl
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Oct 2011, 09:55
Really worth waiting for! The noonday light caught those wonderful droplets of water in a way that the earlier light may not have done. We have a spider in this country called the Great Raft Spider, which actually walks on water - it looks similar to your lurking spider here
Thomas Mathew: Thank you for stopping by Lisl - I looked up the Great Raft Spider and it does look similar to this one smile
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Oct 2011, 10:42
You've done well in any case, never mind the hassle you had. I'm always wary of spiders in foreign places in case they are poisonous.
Thomas Mathew: Thank you Alan, glad you like it
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Oct 2011, 11:19
You have done an excellent job, really worth the hassle for this outcome smile
Thomas Mathew: Thank you Linda smile
I think you have achieved a very good result indeed
Thomas Mathew: Thank you Bill
It is a great macro Thomas... the spider looks quite comfortable on his dry spot of the web... i like the water drops on the web that looks like uncut jewelssmile ...thank you for your visit to my site today....petersmile
Thomas Mathew: Thank you Peter, I'm glad you like it smile
Awesome shot. You worked hard on it too.
Thomas Mathew: Thank you Mary, worth the hard work smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Oct 2011, 04:47
You did good, Thomas.

My experience is that spiders are seldom where you want them to be for an optimal shot, but you have got her in context with the excellent suspended water droplets.

I think the image illustrates how much you enjoyed the experience.
Thomas Mathew: Thank you Ray, I'm glad you like this shot. Can't speak enough of how much I enjoyed the experience smile

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