Photo process test

In the last several months I've thought about how I collect data in the field. The first part was improving ventral views by getting more light on the subject, eliminating reflections on a glass bottom, and using a container with inward sloping sides so the subject wasn't as inclined to try climbing the walls. The latest step involved improvements on dorsal views. I took photos of spiders in a pint Tupperware container, a gallon ice cream tub, and a gray mixing bowl. Having bright outdoor lighting and holding the subject and camera still were extremely important in all cases.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/158038840
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The mixing bowl handled the spiders best. They walked up the side until they started to slip and then held their position. It was fairly easy to get close for a a direct dorsal photo, and the spiders were posed in a fairly flat, natural pose. However, gray was a poor choice and caused harsher shadows. Next attempt with compare the gray bowl with a white one. Fortunately the 3-bowl set I bought at Wamart included both. Ultimately, a bowl with white walls and a gray center may be best. Placing one or more 3/4" diameter stickers on the bottom will allow the spiders length to be easily scaled.

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由使用者 eaneubauer eaneubauer2023年04月30日 11:44 所貼文

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What's your choice of container for underside view?

發佈由 pfau_tarleton 10 個月 前

Upside down disposable plastic glass with bottom removed to contain spider, window glass bottom, wood frame.

發佈由 eaneubauer 10 個月 前

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