The photos featured in today’s blog post are of a tarantula I photographed back in the mid 1990s—I had the original Fujichrome 50 slides scanned and digitized. There really isn’t much that is too exciting about these photos. But up until today I hadn’t posted any pictures of tarantulas on my blog, and I figured it was about time I did so. The scanned images turned out pretty good, so all I had to do with Photoshop was to lighten the shadows, adjust the contrast and sharpen them a bit.
I remember taking these pictures. I was hanging out with Rick West—one of the world’s leading authorities on tarantulas—and we took a few of his specimens out into a rural area to get some natural looking photos. Unfortunately, back then I didn’t label the slides; and after fifteen plus years I certainly didn’t remember what species it was. So I emailed the photos to Rick and asked him if he recognized it.
Rick responded with:
“Do bears poop in the woods? The species is Pterinochilus murinus Pocock 1897 from Mombasa grasslands of Kenya and is fairly common in the pet trade. The specimen in these images is an ultimate (adult) female and the ‘lowland’ color morph for this species. The more brilliant golden color morph is the Usambara Mtn. form from NE. Tanzania.”
I realized then what a stupid question I’d asked! LOL!
If you’d like to learn more about tarantulas, or just see a lot of nice pictures, be sure to check-out Rick’s website: Birdspiders.com.
The technical stuff:
Camera: Olympus OM-4 SLR
Lens: Tamron 90mm F2.5 lens
Settings: F16 @ 1/60 sec
Lighting: Vivitar 283 with vari-power module
Film: Fujichrome 50 ASA