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I recently wrapped up my latest Costa Rica tour. It was a lot of fun, as always, but even moreso this year because we had some tremendous macro photo opportunities. That’s something that has usually taken a back seat to general wildlife and birds on this tour, but this year we had a good combination of new locations and some incredible activity (from frogs especially, a nice surprise during the dry season) to kick things up a notch.
On a personal level, I found the experience particularly satisfying because I have never had a lot of success shooting macro. While I love the night walk experience in the jungle, I’ve always struggled with equipment, particularly when it comes to lighting. Over my past 4-5 Costa Rica trips, I’ve probably used 4-5 different lens and flash/diffuser combos… and have never been terribly satisfied with the results.
This year was different because I picked up a Cygnus Tech diffuser, and it helped give me much more consistent lighting without being too harsh. After the first few subjects, I felt a lot more confident in my odds of landing a higher keeper rate, and that ended up being the case.
Anyway, here’s some frog fun. Also, it’s important to note that all of the macro photos we took on this trip were “in situ,” with no manipulation of the subjects.
Canon RF 100mm macro
Canon 580EX flash w/Cygnus Tech macro diffuser