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Predator and Prey

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A funnel web spider in his crystalline web cavern right after a rain storm, feeding on some kind of fly. I was extremely lucky to end up with this photo, as the spider fled back inside his hole after a single shutter release!

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Image details
Image size
1600x1067px 330.62 KB
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/160 second
Focal Length
100 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Aug 4, 2012, 5:37:51 PM
Sensor Size
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Khobe's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Originality
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:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Impact

Very impressive shot, the cold blue reflected on the crystallized drops surrounding the spider makes the dark atmosphere almost surreal and theatrical…
This spider definitely is to be acknowledged just like your watchful and seemingly respectful eye for small creatures to catch such an intimate scene of her world. I also do this kind of photography, it demands a love for nature that borders on spiritual contemplation.
The composition is well balanced and brings the eye toward the disappearing dark depth of her web behind her. So the lighter color of her body on such a background shoots her forward as if she could move toward us, but she is frozen in time forever.
ssbbforeva's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
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:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
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wow, absolutely incredible.
the soft blues on the droplets lend a feeling of cool calm, and the crystalline effects makes it appear like something from another world.

the blend of this gentle silence with the spider's delicate danger gives the piece a unique twist in the depiction of life.

even the poor insect that was caught has a glistening quality, as if in its death it became part of this glassy world.

I wish I could give a more helpful critic, but quite honestly I don't think there is anything that should be changed. it definitely earned that daily deviation.
Neutral-Death's avatar
I think the rating is well-deserved, especially since he got it on his first and only chance.
ssbbforeva's avatar
yeah, it always amazes me how people manage to find this one moment of time and preserve it.
brandtcampbell's avatar
Thank you so much for your kind words! :)
ssbbforeva's avatar
you are very welcome! :)
Looks like a movie poster (:
TammyPhotography's avatar
What amazing framing. Love how the water droplets on the web frame your subject, the spider and his prey. Gorgeous colours and perspective. :heart:
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BooAkaisha's avatar
i don't like spiders, but i LOVE this one! it' really beautiful :)
HopeDeschain19's avatar
This is a gorgeous shot! Especially since you only had one chance to get it! Lovely!!
brandtcampbell's avatar
Thank you so much! I was extremely lucky to have captured this moment :)
mercurycode's avatar
Hi there! I featured you in my current Awesome art VII journal. Have a lovely day!
brandtcampbell's avatar
This is wonderful, thank you so much!
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cca31's avatar
I don't like spiders, but this photo is amazing! :clap:
brandtcampbell's avatar
Thank you so much :)
HaseoYashimora's avatar
very beautiful shot
Catandhearts's avatar
oh my ! I have no words to describe how amazing I think this photo is. this is just gorgeous!!! amazing capture of the spider world =)
brandtcampbell's avatar
Thank you so much!
ArachnoWolf's avatar
What a beautiful and excellent capture!
brandtcampbell's avatar
Thank you very much :)
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