Garden Spider Jaws Between Crossed Polars

by Wim van Egmond


For this picture I used a prepared slide of a spider. I used crossed polars (one polaroid filter on the ocular and the other in the condenser's filterholder) and a piece of plastic as well as a piece of mica to create the strange colour effect. I did not choose for using only bright colours. I rotated the filters until I had a grey background and both jaws where brightly coloured. Because of the grey the other colours become stronger. It is a little secret that always works. Running through the jaws you can see the channel that leads poison to the tip.

The picture was done for a photofestival in the Netherlands (Naarden 1997) and printed to 4 to 6 metres. This one and another of my photomicrographs were combined with pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope. Not the worst company you could have.

More about using crossed polaroid filters you can read in the following articles by Mike Samworth and Dave Walker

Wim van Egmond


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