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Photos from Rio Bigal Reserve in Ecuador. Elevation is around 1000M.

Millipede:



Prionine longhorn beetle (Psalidognathus sp.):



Neotropical snail eater (Dipsas indica):



Tarantula with rainfrog prey:



Cricket:



Grey-winged trumpeter (Psophia crepitans) at camera trap:



Harlequin beetle (Acrocinus longimanus):



Juvenile speckled forest viper (Bothriopsis taeniata):



Mating glass frogs:



Emerald tree boa (Corallus caninus) appearing at the upper limits of its elevational range:



Thanks for looking and commenting,
Paul



Mar 16, 2024 at 11:37 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Rio Bigal reserve: Ecuador


these are marvelous, Paul


Mar 17, 2024 at 12:33 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Rio Bigal reserve: Ecuador


Amazing set of creatures Paul! The long horn beetle looks like something out of an old kaiju movie, heh. The sense of scale as he crosses the twig almsot could pass for a fallen tree. Very cool.
Eric



Mar 17, 2024 at 07:53 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Rio Bigal reserve: Ecuador


Great stuff here. Very unique. Love the last !
Gary



Mar 17, 2024 at 08:21 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Rio Bigal reserve: Ecuador


Super images! Wonderful photography!
Dan

PS "Vietnam" is a forbidden word



Mar 18, 2024 at 11:39 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Rio Bigal reserve: Ecuador


Beautiful set of photographs Paul! Your work is always amazing; love the compositions and lighting.


Mar 19, 2024 at 10:55 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Rio Bigal reserve: Ecuador


Thanks everyone, much appreciated!


Mar 24, 2024 at 10:13 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Rio Bigal reserve: Ecuador


Fantastic!


Mar 24, 2024 at 10:16 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Rio Bigal reserve: Ecuador


Wonderful stuff Paul

Brian V.



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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Rio Bigal reserve: Ecuador


Fantastic work! I'm not so much a macro photographer, but I do love what you're doing.


Mar 27, 2024 at 12:17 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Rio Bigal reserve: Ecuador


Paul, I really enjoy these images! This is a very special "variety pack" of the types of critters I most love to see! TFS!

Mary



Mar 27, 2024 at 10:41 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Rio Bigal reserve: Ecuador


Paul, your work is outstanding in every way!
I have been to the Ecuadorian Amazon several times but never on my own. I wish I could take a solo trip to see some of the other critters rather than just birds and mammals!
If anything, I would have composed the Bothriechis in landscape mode, as it almost touches the left side of the frame.



Mar 27, 2024 at 11:09 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Rio Bigal reserve: Ecuador


Awesome set !

Ronny



Mar 27, 2024 at 11:17 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Rio Bigal reserve: Ecuador


Thanks Brian, Matt, Mary, Ronny and Juan!

Hey Juan, thanks for the kind words and I totally agree with you about the composition of the Bothriechis. All I can say is that it was tightly framed for a reason, since there were some ugly foreground elements. Impressive that you picked up on that.

Cheers



Mar 28, 2024 at 12:37 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Rio Bigal reserve: Ecuador


These are stellar. Would you mind giving an overview of your process? Are these lit off camera? They have a very unique look to them.


Apr 01, 2024 at 09:41 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Rio Bigal reserve: Ecuador


Thanks tsunathanh.

I'll generally use a Voigtlander 110mm f/2.5 lens with or without a 1.4xTC and 16mm extension tubes.
Most are lit with an off camera tripod mounted Profoto A1X with a photofllex XS lightdome. The larger background shots like the last shot and harlequin beetle had a second flash to provide some additional lighting.
The camera trapping (Trumpeter shot) is its own thing and uses Cognisys sensors and camtraptions triggers, and anywhere from 3 to 7 flashes.



Apr 02, 2024 at 01:28 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Rio Bigal reserve: Ecuador


Wonderful light and framing!


Apr 02, 2024 at 02:44 PM







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