2 of my pastimes

Mendnwngs

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... Photography, and pets.

This is an image, Shot with my Mamiya 645 Medium format camera, on Ilford FP4 @ ISO125. Developed in Ilfosol 1:9, 6.5min @ 20C. Printed on Kodak Polymax paper VC filter #2.5

Exposure was 1/30 @ f:8. Scaned on Epson perfection 1650 from the 1st gen 8X10 print.

I have a home darkroom, and about 6 cameras (all film) I love Black and white, and hope to do it semi-professional someday. :)

This is the first study Ive done with spiders.. I notice them more now, On the walls, at work, etc, ever since I started keeping one as a pet. .. Just the other day, I saw this really friggin cool looking spider at work. Small (maybe 3/8" to 1/2")Jet Black and furry, except the abdomen was solid red and kinda triangular shaped (Fattest near the Cephelothorax, and pointed at the spinnerettes) I wish I had a camera with me, It was really cute, he was obviously pissed at my intrusion, and threw up his tiny front legs in a defensive posture.. I couldnt help but laugh. My co-workers thought I was nuts.. :}

Oh, and the spider is our G. Rosea. (Scarf)

Anyone else here get flack from other "Non arachnid" types, that just don't / can't understand the fascination?


Edit: Damnit, Cant post anything bigger than 640pix.. Oh well.. ;)

-Jason
 

LPacker79

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Very nice! I love the black and white. My family and friends think I'm nuts for keeping spiders. I tell them I'm destined to be single forever, as I have yet to find a guy who would tolerate my 7 frogs and 9 (and counting) tarantulas. I've found that in my experience, men are more afraid of my spiders. The women tend to be cautious, but interested.

Leanne
 

MizM

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Don't lose hope Leanne... that's how you'll KNOW when you've found Mr. Right! :D

He'll accept you AND your spider friends!!!;)
 

That Guy

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I like black and white also! It gives you(me) a little more to think about!
 

D-Man

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Ah, an artistic pic

Jason-

I dig the b&w pic - makes for an interesting image. Keep them coming.

Peace
 

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Don't forget that once you hook up with a guy that appreciates your animals, the fun is likely to really begin. Sharing a collection with someone is a truly wonderful experience.

Cheers,
Dave
 

Professor T

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There's something about b&w that makes it look more artistic. I love B&w too, that is an awesome pic!



Originally posted by Mendnwngs
... Photography, and pets.

This is an image, Shot with my Mamiya 645 Medium format camera, on Ilford FP4 @ ISO125. Developed in Ilfosol 1:9, 6.5min @ 20C. Printed on Kodak Polymax paper VC filter #2.5

Exposure was 1/30 @ f:8. Scaned on Epson perfection 1650 from the 1st gen 8X10 print.

I have a home darkroom, and about 6 cameras (all film) I love Black and white, and hope to do it semi-professional someday. :)

This is the first study Ive done with spiders.. I notice them more now, On the walls, at work, etc, ever since I started keeping one as a pet. .. Just the other day, I saw this really friggin cool looking spider at work. Small (maybe 3/8" to 1/2")Jet Black and furry, except the abdomen was solid red and kinda triangular shaped (Fattest near the Cephelothorax, and pointed at the spinnerettes) I wish I had a camera with me, It was really cute, he was obviously pissed at my intrusion, and threw up his tiny front legs in a defensive posture.. I couldnt help but laugh. My co-workers thought I was nuts.. :}

Oh, and the spider is our G. Rosea. (Scarf)

Anyone else here get flack from other "Non arachnid" types, that just don't / can't understand the fascination?


Edit: Damnit, Cant post anything bigger than 640pix.. Oh well.. ;)

-Jason
 

Mendnwngs

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Re: Ah, an artistic pic

Originally posted by D-Man
Jason-

I dig the b&w pic - makes for an interesting image. Keep them coming.

Peace
LOL.. Say no more!

Heres one more from the roll.. :)

-Jason
 

RugbyDave

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Hey Mendnwngs --

was the spider you saw at work black with green chelicerae? I bet it was a phiddipus audax or regina -- great little jumping spider -- you described almost a text book Phiddipus sp. --

they are voracious eaters -- i have a couple and feed them large crickets (keep in mind they are no bigger than my thumbnail...

I do B&W photography too! I'll post some of mine very soon!

Amazing pics!
good luck with the T -- you should buy another one :)
peace,
dave
 

Mendnwngs

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Originally posted by RugbyDave
Hey Mendnwngs --

was the spider you saw at work black with green chelicerae? I bet it was a phiddipus audax or regina -- great little jumping spider -- you described almost a text book Phiddipus sp. --

they are voracious eaters -- i have a couple and feed them large crickets (keep in mind they are no bigger than my thumbnail...

No, I just looked up pics of the spiders you mentioned.. Unfortunately, It didnt look like any of those.. No green, Just jet black legs, and carapace, and a solid, bright red abdomen. The 2 front legs (first pair behind the pedipalps) were considerably longer than the rest of the legs..

-Jason
 

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Holy jesus, i didn't even realise you said "bright red abdomen" -- i totally breezed right past that in your first post!! ---

damn, thats what you get for drinkin' and postin' huh? :)

alright back to work finding spider IDs :)

sorry mate!
peace,
dave
 

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Final Spider ID

alright, well i'm definate it's a Salticidae, and most likely a Phidippus sp. And i'm thinking either:

1) P.pulcherrimus
2) P.borealis
3) a colour morph of a P.isignarius (which happens occasionaly in the family)
4) MAYBE a P.johnsoni (but the abdomen is more oval, not triangle)
5) POSSIBLY a P.whitmani
6) F.flava
7) possibly anything in the Hasarius family.....

the salticidae's are great true spiders -- and they friggin cute as anything -- for a true spider -- man, those big eyes glaring up at you -- rumoured to have the best eyesight of any spider! Smart as hell too!

its fun to watch them take down huge prey -- get em nice and healthy... im hopefully getting an eggsac from one beautiful P.audax (amazingly bright sea- green chelicerae morph)

enjoy the T!
peace,
dave
 

Mendnwngs

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Yeah, Here we go.. This is the right body, And right coloration with the exception of the red abdomen. I remember his little "Calf muscles" ;) like shown here in the picture.. LOL...

Do you collect true spiders?

-Jason
 

RugbyDave

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Hey Jason --

nice! it is a Salticidae! Great spiders! BEAUTIFUL colourations on some of them, and nice and fuzzy -- like little, alien looking T's eh? :)

yeah, i collect true spiders, but T's are my real passion. I mean, i have all the pet store guys around me giving me cool Orb's or widows that come in reptile packages, and i find alot around my house.... it's cool. Not anywhere near as fun as a T's, but let me tell you -- i've got the most beautiful mexican Orb in my living room and the web she built in the corner is amazing -- it looks like i painted it or something. Very good conversation piece, too... beautiful art. And the spider never ever leaves the web -- i have a beautiful natural art piece, and a natural bug catcher...

there's some pretty cool spiders out there, but they are nothing compared to T's!!

i'm still going with my number one choice i sent you -- just cos of the blood red abdomen (P.pulcherrimus) :) who knows though!

peace,
dave
 
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