Posts Tagged ‘macro’

Here are a few photographs that I took on my recent trip to Costa Rica. These are a follow up to the previous post of the surf photos that were posted a few days ago. We were in the area of Santa Teresa on the Nicoya Peninsula.

Crazy Spider

This is one of the craziest spiders I've ever seen.

When I first saw this spider I had to do a double take. I couldn’t believe at first that it was in fact a spider. After closer examination, 8 legs, web etc I concluded it to be a spider. On vegetation full of flowers these spiders were spinning webs all over this plant (more of a bush) because the abundance of butterflies feeding on the flowers. These spiders would weave their cluster of webs and wait for an unsuspecting butterfly. Instead of finding lunch a few butterflies became lunch.

Howler Monkey Costa Rica

Howler Monkey

This picture of a Howler Monkey was taken right from our cabana. We stayed at this great little resort called Gumbo Limbo, set right in the jungle on the side of a small mountain overlooking the ocean. You can check the surf right from the pool. One evening a pack of about 12 Howler Monkeys came out of the jungle and made their way across the property over the period of an hour eating their fill along the way.

Lady Bug on giant leaf

Lady Bug on giant leaf

This was a very large lady bug, it’s hard to tell from this image because the leaf is about the size of your torso. On this particular shot I was trying to make use of negative space. I made a number of macro/close up shots of the lady bug but really liked this shot because the use of negative space. Plus it’s a little different from shots you normally see (I’m all about unique perspectives).

Turquoise macro beatle bug

Turquoise Bug

This guy was really cool. I’ve never seen an insect like this. It was so colorful. Macro photography with critters is fun especially when you get to photograph species you’ve never seen in person.


This photograph of a lizard was taken on a 5 hr hike through the rain forest. The lizard was sunning itself on a fallen tree right next to the trail. Rounding one of the many dense jungle corners we stumbled upon a hiker that was stroking the back of the lizard who was not the least bit bothered by some white guy with dreads pretending to be the lizard whisperer.

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Macro – Spider

This is one of the coolest spiders I’ve seen in a long time. He was hanging out on a Plumeria flower in a friends backyard and I just so happened to have my camera (and some macro equipment) with me. This is a great example of not needing to have expensive macro equipment with you to obtain a quality macro photograph.

This was shot with a Nikon 6T close up attachment lens (like a filter) on the end of a 70-300mm zoom lens. I also used off camera flash attached to a TTL cord for a little fill light. Mostly due to the fact that it was late in the day, actually almost dark.

Macro Spider on Plumeria

Macro Spider on Plumeria

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The following are some macro shots I was playing around with. I was shooting and exploring trying to get some different lighting perspectives going with regards to macro photography. Most images were shot using an off camera flash attached with a ttl cord to add some unique lighting. I used that in conjunction with the location of the sun to try and get some fun and different lighting angles.

This particular flower I had the flash positioned all the way over on the far left and low to add some depth and shadows to really define the petals.

Purple buds of purple flowers
I like the converging lines on this one with the purple buds and the purple flowers in the background. Converging lines sometimes goes against the rules but let’s be honest it’s fun to break the rules. The late setting sun was falling nicely on the background. I used some off camera fill flash from the upper left to give the foreground buds some POP.

Most of the time fill flash is used to illuminate what is in front of the lens. On this particular day I was looking for different ideas and lighting that was not your standard “Macro”. With this thought process in mind I placed the flash on the ground behind and aiming up at this flower, which gave is some nice backlight and really made the cob webs stand out.

The low setting sun was almost directly behind this patch. Which really allowed the spiky/fuzzy (whatever they’re called) elements on the stems to stand out. Now in this situation using no flash would have resulted in a dark colorless shadows of the stems and flowers. With the ability to use flash as fill light it allowed the colors on the stems and flowers to really stand out as well as using the backlight to create the texture.

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