Jasmic

Jasmic

Posted on 08/25/2007


Photo taken on August  5, 2007


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The dilligent spider

The dilligent spider
As we have builders in our England house, one of the things that has had to be put away is our dining room table. Luckily the weather was nice enough during our time there that we were able to sit outside and eat our meals in our garden. I was having breakfast when my son pointed out a spider that was spinning its web right next to my head!

It is a bit of a surprise that I had never seen a spider actually spinning its web until this moment. I sat and watched it for a good ten minutes as it moved from strand to strand, using its hind legs to intricately join the thread to each one.

The spider is slightly out of focus as it was moving at a speed that this close is quite significant. I have sharpened it using a new technique I learnt in the Digital Photo Mag that I buy, using Photoshop masks and the High pass filter. Until now I have selectively sharpened images using layers and deleting the part that I did not want, but using a mask is sooo much easier! Instead of deleting the image you paint black onto a mask, and where that appears is protected to any filter changes that you make. The best thing is that as long as you keep the layers you can go over the area that is masked and refine it, something that is not possible once it has been erased.

If you look at this large you can see the thread being dispensed!!!

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