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Face of a hobo, for sure!

 
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rjlittlefield
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 12:01 am    Post subject: Face of a hobo, for sure! Reply with quote



Here's a formal portrait of my little friend, the adult female hobo spider pictured in this earlier posting.

Yep, it's stacked, and yep, the subject is live. Therein lies another story, but it's too late tonight to tell that one.

Hope you enjoy this image!

--Rik

Technical: Canon 300D, Olympus 80 mm bellows macro lens with Olympus 170mm matched auxiliary lens, marked f/5.6. Halogen dual fiber illuminator with kleenex tissue diffuser. Stacked by Helicon Focus from 61 frames spaced at 0.005".
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rik, you can't outfox us--We all know full well that this is actually a publicity shot for the villain in the next Star Wars movie!

Very very impressive here.....
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool picture. How did you get him to stand still?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

arlon wrote:
How did you get him to stand still?

Anesthetized with CO2 (a trick borrowed from Charlie Krebs, here).

For shooting the hobo, see this description in the Technique forum.

--Rik
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent shot Rik!! Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Geez, would ya just look at that overbite, hope she or it doesn't lose a contact. With all those eyes, what's a spider to do? Would you also just look at those "fangs" and those hairy legs. Here is what nightmares are made of folks, I should know, I dated a girl that looked like this...in my younger years of course and after a good stiff drink or two. Out of all the head on spider photos to have ever been posted on here, I would have to say that this is the best in all aspects there Rik. Very nice work here. I think we can give it
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remarkable shot and subject Rik. I have got to try this CO2 trick. Never seen this spider before. Excellent job.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WoW, simply incredible Rik. Looks like the Mastodons of the spider world. The jaws are very formadable looking.
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Ib Mathiasen



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some great shot of "hobo" - fine details here
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ken: Wow -- two thumbs up from an avowed arachnophobe. Now there's an accolade!

Walter: The CO2 trick is interesting and helpful, but it's far from being a panacea. The good news is that it seems to be a pretty safe anesthetic, in the sense of not likely to kill the subject. The bad news is that its effects are highly variable, and the subject is often not completely motionless even though apparently "out like a light". It worked great for shooting this hobo's face. But when I tried shooting the spinnerets of a different funnel-weaving spider, I discovered that it was impossible because the spinnerets never quite stopped moving no matter how much CO2 I poured on. Same thing happened this afternoon in a different test, when I was contemplating shooting a fly's proboscis. So there's still a definite place for ethyl acetate and the like, despite their, ah, non-reversible effects.

Doug: "Mastodons" -- yes! I knew this picture reminded me of something, but I couldn't quite figure out what. That was it.

Thanks for the feedback, everybody!

--Rik
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got to say well done, and the old girl is still living, that is fantastic Smile. Keeps ringing a smile to my face every time i come back and look at hers.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Tim, I appreciate that. This is turning out to be one of my favorite shots as well.

--Rik
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