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Male Marpissa muscosa, Heesch, Netherlands A 40 shot stack at 5:1 magnification of a subject about 6-8mm in size.<br />
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Disclaimer: I sacrificed this individual. I prefer not to, it&#039;s not my style, but when I do, I will always mention it. My current approach is to use arthropods already found dead, and only exceptionally take a live one. And in that case, preferably only once per species.<br />
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The part I personally like about this photo is the background ambience. Most extreme macro photos have a clinical all-black background. It&#039;s not difficult to create a lighter or colored background during capturing, the problem is in post processing. The background tends to have a lot of artifacts and may also reveal staging tricks you don&#039;t want in the scene. Brushing those away in a non-black background is very difficult and time consuming, hence most just hide everything using all-black.  Extreme Macro,Marpissa muscosa,WeMacro Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Male Marpissa muscosa, Heesch, Netherlands

A 40 shot stack at 5:1 magnification of a subject about 6-8mm in size.

Disclaimer: I sacrificed this individual. I prefer not to, it's not my style, but when I do, I will always mention it. My current approach is to use arthropods already found dead, and only exceptionally take a live one. And in that case, preferably only once per species.

The part I personally like about this photo is the background ambience. Most extreme macro photos have a clinical all-black background. It's not difficult to create a lighter or colored background during capturing, the problem is in post processing. The background tends to have a lot of artifacts and may also reveal staging tricks you don't want in the scene. Brushing those away in a non-black background is very difficult and time consuming, hence most just hide everything using all-black.

    comments (13)

  1. That's a really gorgeous shot. The little circles in the eyes are really neat...don't think I've seen that before. And, I like that you are transparent about sacrificing it. Posted one month ago
    1. Thanks! Here's the source of those circles:
      https://www.laowalens.co.uk/laowa-led-ring-light-25mm-ultra-macro.html

      Looks closely and you see the full light setup in the eyes: continuous ring LED light (the above), head flash with diffuser + reflector.
      Posted one month ago
      1. Lol, ohhhh. Well, they look really cool. Posted one month ago
        1. You can't unsee them once you see them. Also commonly used on people:
          https://i.pinimg.com/originals/98/e3/97/98e3979631f18dc050f7ddfaf763a7ec.jpg
          Posted one month ago
          1. Weird...I prefer it on spiders. Posted one month ago, modified one month ago
            1. I don't see a need to chose. There's enough rings for everyone. Posted one month ago
              1. Or, are there? Posted one month ago
  2. I see you are having fun and getting very nice macro results! :-) Posted one month ago
    1. Marta, this method is a lot, but fun is the last word I'd use for it. More like pure torture. Sometimes the results are worth it though, many times they are not :) Posted one month ago
  3. Gorgeous looking jumper Ferdy, great shot too. Posted one month ago
    1. Thanks so much, Paul! Posted one month ago
  4. What a great Macro shot.

    Niel
    Posted 10 days ago
    1. Thanks so much! Posted 9 days ago

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''Marpissa muscosa'' is a species of jumping spider. Females reach about 8–11 mm length, males only 6–8 mm. Both sexes are coloured grey to brown. The whole spider has a furry appearance and is flattened in shape.

Similar species: Spiders
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Oct 25, 2020. Captured Sep 9, 2020 16:50.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/1.2
  • 1/200s
  • ISO400
  • 50mm