Canon 7D with Elicar 55mm macro lens
1/160s at F8 and ISO 100, in manual with spot metering mode and one speedlite.
Post and focus stacking was done in LR and PS.
For the curious, this wasn't a live tarantula, only the skin after moulting.

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Comment by Cecilia Lombard on January 8, 2017 at 21:24

Thanks Danie

Comment by Danie Bester on January 3, 2017 at 7:12

Hi Cecilia, I did step up the tonal contrast a bit, which does pop the details and colours a bit..

Comment by Cecilia Lombard on December 26, 2016 at 22:40

Thanks Danie, Glen and Susan.

The crop and treatment does work better. Thanks, Danie. Did you only increase the contrast, increase the saturation as well?

I agree that the white space is distracting. Will have to see what I can do about that.

Comment by Susan van Wyk on December 20, 2016 at 10:00

Wonderful, but I agree with Glen. The white section is distracting.

Comment by Glen Fouche' on December 19, 2016 at 17:13
It is great to see something different . I thought the subject matter made for an interesting subject we seldom see. I do however find the bright white section very distracting and bright areas always attract attention, and here it is not adding to the subject. Possibly tone it down in post process and see if it lowers the distracting bright area. A great interesting image... Well taken
Comment by Danie Bester on December 19, 2016 at 5:34

Scary indeed and I am glad it wasn't live. Love the details you got here, but I think you can emphasise the fangs and textures even more, by cropping some of the "dead" space at the bottom and enhancing the tonal contrast. My suggested treatment below. Tell me what you think: 

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