Friday, April 04, 2008

My little friend

This little fellow came and kept me company in my office for awhile. It was odd, having a spider look at me. Until I photographed him, I thought the shiny iridescent spots were eyes — but they sheathed his fangs.


He was a jumping spider.


I let him go. (Happily, he never jumped at me.)

Search "jumping spider" among vids and web sites, and you seem some pretty amazing pictures. Check this slo-mo vid, and this amazing National Geographic vid.

Grrr, but doggone it, those pictures REALLY have me missing my old 35mm camera from the 80's. I bought a bunch of lenses, and could take the most amazing, precise, exact close-ups. Maybe I'll scan and post some, sometime. My digital camera just can't do it, among other things. A few months ago, I was tempted by a really expensive digital SLR (Canon?, not sure), that could take attachment lenses and take quick-exposure shots.

I'm being tempted again. Do have that bonus money....

17 comments:

Kim said...

Oh, he's a creepy little fellow.

One of the young people in our youth group has a very nice digital SLR and he takes some very amazing pictures.

chris said...

There is no comparison between the digital and the "old" cameras. If you still have it, use it and love it. My dad has an old Pentax and I love using it - except the price of film.

Still, if you're interested in the SLR, I like Canon. But, I was told, it's also important to actually hold the thing and get the one that feels best in your hand. Maybe there's a link between that and how you feel about the camera, or maybe it's just because no one wants to hold an uncomfortable camera, but there you have it.

Excellent pictures regardless. I don't have those things in Canada, and I'm reasonably sure I don't want to.

Carlo said...

Spider would have been dead if it were in my office. Disgusting little insects.

Stefan said...

"Happily, he never jumped at me."

Heh, no kidding. Little bugger, looking like he (she?)'s just sitting there, waiting to pounce....

JOYce@pfg said...

Along came a spider and sat down beside her and stared this gal away. Jumping spiders have the little dog syndrome. ;-)

Saw amazing shots posted on a blog that I can't recall the name of by a teen using a Sony Alpha 700. Not a sales pitch. Fond of a Minolta 35. :-)

DJP said...

But aigh! $1400? Yikes!

Writing and Living said...

I realize you're not exactly taking votes, but if buying that new camera means you're going to be taking pictures of spiders and posting them on your blog, I'd vote no.

DJP said...

LOL

But he was such a cute little guy!

JOYce@pfg said...

Cute spider? eek Dust bunnies would be cute. ;-)

Dan, I've seen them listed lower local(haven't paid attention recently...couple of months ago, me thinks...Best Buy or Office Max or Depot? Brain fog, can't remember as it wasn't for us.) ~ maybe the deals can be found at certain times of the year? The digital here is an older entry level HP that was on sale...no frills point and click mostly.

camerajim is a helpful guy on eBay if you are so inclined to ask him for recommendations of brands in your price range. Maybe something is comparable in a Canon for much less? http://www.sigma-2.com/camerajim/index.htm

:-)

Wyatt Roberts said...

Definitely cool. What *did* you take that with, Dan? (My digital camera doesn't do macro at all.)

P.D. Nelson said...

And my eldest daughter would be screaming at seeing that. You haven't seen arachnophobia until you seen her jump across the living room by the presence of a spider no bigger than the head of an pencil eraser.

DJP said...

...which was about this spider's size.

Sounds like you've got a "jumping daughter."

Annette said...

have to admit, i agree with writing and living on that! :)

Rileysowner said...

I have played with my friends Canon EOS Digital SLR. Other than the fact you don't need to put film in it, it works just like any other SLR. You have all the functionality, the various different lenses, and my experience with his was that annoying lag between when you actually press the shutter release and when a Point and Shoot digital takes the picture is not there in the good SLR cameras.

Kristine said...

Ewww!!!! Oh, I'm such a wimp when it comes to spiders. In October of 1994, my home flooded with 4 ft of what was almost entirely sewage water (gross!), and all the creepy little buggers living within the walls were floating on the surface of the water, desperately crawling up anything near them; namely, us.

*shudder*

So....when does these pics leave your "front page", hmm?? ;)

DJP said...

Oh my gosh, Kristine — dont be such a girl!

Kristine said...

What can I say. It's what I do!