Curiosity Rover

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Although I have read many accounts of spiders being described as “curious”, I have never myself encountered one of these enquiring creatures, until today that is.

As I paced through the backyard, I spotted a small grey blob clinging on the wall. I loomed in closer with the camera, adjusted myself so that it came into focus (reverse lens macro, focusing is quite a challenge). Its entrancing eyes came into view, fixed towards something ahead. As the shutter began to chime, I expected it to turn away from the source of the noise and scuttle away. Yet to my surprise, it looked up, right into the lens!

The gigantic black box could only hold its fascination for so long however, it lost interest soon after, and sauntered away, presumably in search of a good spot to hunt.

Taken using: Tokina 28mm manual reversed, on extension tubes, magnification roughly 2.5:1

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36 thoughts on “Curiosity Rover

      • I don’t have a proper macro lens for it so find it difficult to get good ones. Do you have a macro or are taking them with the ‘normal’ one?

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      • I use a Tokina manual lens, with a manual aperture ring, reverse the lens and put it on an extension tube for extra magnification. There is no autofocus and no metering, takes some practice, but is really good fun, and it’s really cheap. The extension tubes turn pretty much any old lens into a macro

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      • Interesting, I might have to try that out:) I haven’t been able to justify buying a macro lens but this might be a good option! Thanks for the idea:)

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      • Yeah, same here, I don’t take enough macro photos to warrant buying a new lens (although I want to 😛 ). There are quite a few images I took using the old Nikon 18-55mm kit lens with the tubes. The Kenko tubes still allows for autofocus, albeit a bit slower.

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  1. Welcome to the jumping spider club!

    The jumping spider I encountered the other day wouldn’t stop leaping on my lens, so be prepared for a variety of unpredictable antics.

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  2. How close were you? And this spider was in your backyard? Not sure what I would react if I saw one of these in my backyard, but I think I will grab my camera as well – as long as it is not going to jump at me! Good shot!

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    • About 5 cm away, the reversed lens plus the tube allow for quite a close up shot.
      It looked rather dull without the magnification, just grey little blob. I’ve decided that I should aim the lens at everything that moves, for it can uncover surprising intricacies!

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      • Ahah puppy-dog eyes?!! Seriously? Maybe they’re even as soft as a puppy :p I also tend to find bugs & reptiles “cute” which most people don’t understand… I feel terribly misunderstood ahah people think ducks are cute, but that’s really a misconception 😀

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      • Same here, I’m a bigger fan of invertebrates than birds. There compound eyes are mesmerising, and also all the tiny details you can uncover that you never noticed before are very exciting. There is a species of bug that practices “traumatic insemination”, I find them less cute…. 😛

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      • Quite fascinating indeed, “traumatic insemination” doesn’t sound too pleasant :p I personally prefer birds, love birds, but one important reason for this is that they are basically modern dinosaurs… so I feel ya 😀

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      • Yes, the wildlife here is pretty amazing. The birds are so colourful and interesting. I’d love a really good zoom lens so I could capture them too.

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      • What set up do you use for your photos at the moment? Sigma and Tamron have both released some excellent telephotos in the past couple of years. I’d love to get one, I’m currently still struggling with a Nikon 55-300

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