Few macros from the Western ghats of India

Hayath

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Just concluded a macro tour of the richly biodiverse Agumbe, located in the Western ghats, was leading the tour as a macro mentor.
Here's the first set from some of the images I could make :)

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Malabar pit viper, close-up

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Blue-eyed bush frog, in amplexus

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Monilesaurus rouxii, close-up

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The frog prince, Malabar gliding frog

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Backlit owlfly

All shot on the Olympus OMD EM10 M2, 60mm macro, Godox TT 350O with DIY diffuser

C&C sought :)

Cheers!
Hayath
 

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Lovely pics man, appreciate the relatively budget gear you used too. Keeping it real. That’s cool.
 

Hayath

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Beautiful photos Hayath, thanks for sharing!
Thanks much, Bill!

Lovely pics man, appreciate the relatively budget gear you used too. Keeping it real. That’s cool.
Thank you! I like keeping gear costs down given that this is a passion/hobby.
However, no limitations seen so far :)

Pic 4 is my favourite of a great set.
I have a thing for green frogs. :)
Thanks!

All brilliant. Love the minimalist gear, too. And no.4 is a pretty cool shot. I must confess to liking green frogs as well :D
Thank you!

Excellent work @Hayath.
Thank you, Harvey!

...as the actress said to the bishop.

Great photos! I love the snake.
:D
Thanks much!

Truly striking photos.
Thank you :)

Which DIY diffuser did you make? I have seen several and think this weekend I might make one for macros/close-ups.
Photo of your setup?
Here's a link to the two stage diffuser
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Two stage diffuser by Hayath, on Flickr

Stunning work, as always.
Thanks, too kind :)
 

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Here's a link to the two stage diffuser
View attachment 756489Two stage diffuser by Hayath, on Flickr


Sorry @Hayath, but your photo confuses me. There appears to be 2 parts, with one attached to the lens. Can you show a more revealing angle of that part. I'm sure it is not covering the front lens element - as it appears to be in that photo.
Thanks to your inspiring work, I think I AM going to try to build something this weekend!
 

Hayath

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Incredible work! Well done!! :bowdown:
Thanks much, Pake!

Here's a link to the two stage diffuser
View attachment 756489Two stage diffuser by Hayath, on Flickr


Sorry @Hayath, but your photo confuses me. There appears to be 2 parts, with one attached to the lens. Can you show a more revealing angle of that part. I'm sure it is not covering the front lens element - as it appears to be in that photo.
Thanks to your inspiring work, I think I AM going to try to build something this weekend!
The container attached to the flash acts as first level of diffusion helping spread the loght. The "shield" on the lens goes around the front element.

Here's a video I refer to for ease of use and build
 

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Just concluded a macro tour of the richly biodiverse Agumbe, located in the Western ghats, was leading the tour as a macro mentor.
Here's the first set from some of the images I could make :)

1.
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Malabar pit viper, close-up

2.
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Blue-eyed bush frog, in amplexus

3.
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Monilesaurus rouxii, close-up

4.
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The frog prince, Malabar gliding frog

5.
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Backlit owlfly

All shot on the Olympus OMD EM10 M2, 60mm macro, Godox TT 350O with DIY diffuser

C&C sought :)

Cheers!
Hayath
The last image looks backlit. Did you use off-camera flash for it?
 

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Absolutely stunning photos. Again proof for the saying "it's not what you got but what you make of it". :bowdown:
Thanks for the photo and movie of the diffusor.
 

Paul C

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Wow - fantastic photos

but tell me, aren't PIT VIPERS really poisonous.....are you just brave or are you shooting with a telephoto at a distance?

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I have found the "amateur" spec 35-100mm Lumix zoom at about 80mm and the pop-up flash as "fill-in" balanced for the background light is great for butterflies in meadows ....but deadly snakes are a whole new level !

best wishes - Paul
 

Hayath

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Absolutely stunning photos. Again proof for the saying "it's not what you got but what you make of it". :bowdown:
Thanks for the photo and movie of the diffusor.
you're very welcome, only paying forward the info and knowledge freely shared by others that has helped me immensely

Wow - fantastic photos

but tell me, aren't PIT VIPERS really poisonous.....are you just brave or are you shooting with a telephoto at a distance?

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I have found the "amateur" spec 35-100mm Lumix zoom at about 80mm and the pop-up flash as "fill-in" balanced for the background light is great for butterflies in meadows ....but deadly snakes are a whole new level !

best wishes - Paul
Had just the 60mm macro with me, was about a foot away from the viper. This viper was very relaxed, used the front of the diffuser as a shield as i went close, looking for any signs of aggression/attack

Great pics, the viper in pic 1 scares me while the green frog makes me wish I try macro sometimes!
:D
Thanks! Macro is a lot of fun, will share more images soon
 

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