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    Woe is me! wfooshee's Avatar
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    Oct 2011
    Panama City, Florida

    Spider web construction

    A spider web caught my eye yesterday afternoon as it flashed in the light from the low sun behind it. I grabbed a shot, and as I watched through the viewfinder I realized it was under construction, so I stayed with it for a few minutes.

    The first shot has the basic frame and the outer web already in place. The basic frame was the surrounding suspension lines, the radials to the center, and a spiral that she used to walk around the web while spinning the rest. Time stamp on this frame is 4:34:51.

    Here she's carrying a new line down a radial, across the spiral, and about to move up the next radial to fasten it. Time 4:35:18.

    Seven seconds later, working the next segment.

    Just under 30 seconds later, and she's more than halfway around the web. Time here is 4:35:53.

    Three more seconds, 4:35:56.

    4:36:51, almost a minute, and she's been around 1-1/2 times.

    4:38:12, about a minute-twenty

    At that point I tried to switch to video, which turned out to be hopeless without the tripod. I was looking toward the sun and could not see the Live View on the LCD. By the time I gave up she'd finished the web and was sitting in the center waiting. Time here is 4:44:54, less than ten minutes after the first frame I shot.

    When we draw webs, we draw them as rings of web strands, but in fact the web is a spiral. That makes sense, but I'd never noticed it before.

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    Senior Member armando_m's Avatar
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    Guadalajara Mexico

    Re: Spider web construction

    very nice ! thanks for sharing it !

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    Captain of the Ship Photo-John's Avatar
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    Re: Spider web construction

    Super cool, wfooshee! That would make a really good timelapse subject. But yes - a tripod would be necessary. Something to file away in my mind in case I catch a web build in progress. Thanks for the inspiration

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    Member Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's Avatar
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    Berkeley, CA, United States

    Re: Spider web construction

    The sequence leads to a most attractive, colorful web. Great work by you as photographer and by that tiny white spider as construction engineer.

    Video might produce something like a time lapse by having one still shot transition into the next. I know how hard it is to hold a camcorder still enough for super close-ups. But I've done OK with video of larger spiders/webs. Background music has been "Boris the Spider" by the Who.

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    Junior Member Cormac's Avatar
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    Re: Spider web construction

    very cool!

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