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Reviewing earlier images, I came across this Habronattus cuspidatus photo, taken in Dinosaur Provincial Park last year. Perky, ain’t he, with the green legs and golden knees?
I was scrolling through my wife’s photographs and came across this image that she took last May.
We were at the Opal Natural Area that day, but couldn’t remember what I was photographing at the time, so I looked through my own collection and found the photo of this little hopping Salticid. Judging by the lack of shots, he didn’t hang around long for a better portrait!
No, that’s not a freshly uprooted carrot – that’s my finger, looking a bit grimy after a morning scratching in the undergrowth. And look at the spider eyes — twin catch-lights, which is unnatural and annoying. I could have cloned these out, but it is an example of the problem that comes with using twin-flash units like the Canon MT-24EX macro flash or the Nikon R1 flash system. In normal outdoor situations, eyes have one catch-light, and that is from the sun or the sky. Using twin-flashes, even when well diffused, creates two. Now the original reason for using twin flashes is so that, by controlling the output of each flash, you can obtain a modeling effect — subtle nuances of light and shade. Yet, if you want to avoid the twin hi-light problem caused by twin flashes, you must make them them behave like a single flash… !
What do you think of twin hi-lights in the eyes? Do you live with it? Do you clone one hi-light out? Or have you chucked your twin-flashes and gone back to a single flash system?
Another very cool jumping spider video by Jürgen Otto in Australia:
from the Youtube page:
Courtship of a spider that has become known as “Darlington’s peacock spider”. I found these specimens during a trip to the Stirling Range in September 2011. This species does not yet have a scientific name and is not yet formally described, but you can download an informal description that myself and David Hill produced here (may take a couple of minutes) http://peckhamia.com/peckhamia/PECKHAMIA_101.1.pdf
Visit Peacokspiderman‘s channel on YouTube for more.
And, hopefully, this will be a good warm-up to an upcoming video on Jumping Spider Melodies…stay tuned!