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Tarantula on boulder
Photographer: Fred Wasmer
Location: Big Bend National Park, Texas
Story: 
While waiting for sunset at Dugout Wells in Big Bend National Park, I noticed this tarantula exploring the area. This shot of it coming across the top of a boulder was my favorite. The primary lighting was the setting sun, but I used an on-camera flash (with a warming gel to match the sun's color) as a fill light, to soften what would have been overly-harsh shadows.
Digital Alterations: 
Only standard changes to tone, contrast, and color were performed.
Camera Information: Nikon D300s with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens
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