Now that I’ve got a few more pics, I decided to update my old post about my tarantula. I acquired this tarantula when its burrow was found in an area due to be excavated. It was somewhat of a rescue mission, as the earth-moving equipment would almost certainly have killed it. I’m not sure on a positive ID, Australian spiders, and in particular, Australian tarantulas are notoriously difficult to identify to a species level with any real certainty, but based on where it was located geographically and its colouration, I’m guessing Selenotypus sp. “Gemfields” (there isn’t even a Wikipedia page to link to, but a this is the post that makes me think that’s the right ID).

So far I’ve done a couple of different photo shoots with it, but the problem is, being an aggressive ground dwelling spider, finding interesting angles to shoot it from is a challenge…

The first three shots were just in her enclosure, whereas the last four were trialling a studio setup based around a large plastic tub with a half closed lid (these things can climb smooth surfaces). Since I didn’t really explain that well, here’s a pic of what I’m talking about:

The idea being that if the subject looks like it’s going to try and escape I can just close the part of the lid that’s open to make sure it stays where I want it. Normally I’d have some coloured cardboard or something in there as a backdrop too.

Incidentally, so give you a sense of scale on the tarantula, here’s an Instagram pic I took of it the day I rescued it:

It’s not exactly “little”…

One of these days I’ll harden up and take some shots of it without being scared of it getting away from me or biting me, and then they might be a bit more interesting…

Shannon Walters

An amateur photographer who also spends time making chainmaille and doing too many other things to mention.

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