• Paul Bertner

    on July 13, 2020

    Jean-Claude Baur - My apologies for the neglected reply. I'm flattered at your kind words. Hopefully this email finds you with a little time left on your trip to continue to search out and photograph the amazing and overlooked creatures of the tropical East African rainforests.

    My lighting comes in a few variations. For insect closeups 1:1 and greater I generally use the Canon MT-24EX with gary fong puffer diffusers hot glued onto a stofen base. Several layers of tracing paper and foam our layered in between. Finally that double layer is wrapped in a lumiquest softbox III which has been trimmed down to fit more tightly around the flash head. It's a little involved, but the key principle is layered diffusion. For subjects which are further away I use a larger softbox eg. Photoflex XS lightdome mounted on a tripod which is then remotely triggered. I might then also use a reflector on the opposite side of the subject to bounce the flash to eliminate some of the harsher shadows. I hope that helps, best wishes.

    Rick - I realized I didn't respond to your kind words and just wanted to reach out, however belatedly to thank you. Cheers.

  • Jean-Claude Baur

    on June 10, 2020

    Good afternoon. I have just had the great pleasure of "stumbling" on your site while searching for latin names of grasshoppers I photographed in Tanzania. I visited Amani and Udzungwa mountains two weeks ago and I hope to go back in a few weeks... Amazing places! I am stationed for another few weeks in Dar Es Salaam so will be taking this opportunity. I enjoy animal photography a lot and I am focusing on chameleons and frogs now. I also love taking pictures of insects. Would you mind sharing how you light your insects and frogs? I see that there are no harsh shades... Looking forward to hearing from you I wish you all the best, carpe diem! Sincerely Jc (and of course congratulations on the great photos!)

  • slopoki1

    on April 6, 2018

    Outstanding captures Paul. Your work has inspired me to get in deeper and devote more time to those little creatures most people have not seen.
    Thank you,

  • Paul Bertner

    on March 12, 2018

    Hi Louis,

    Thank you for the kind and generous words, I'm glad that you enjoyed the images. It was a pleasure to meet you and maybe our paths will cross again somewhere in the Choco, in the heart of the rainforest, or at a Texan barbecue, I'd be quite content at either!

    Best wishes,

  • Louis Vest

    on March 10, 2018

    Just spent an hour looking through your collection. I have to say it is the most consistently good group of photos I've seen in a long, long time. Anyone can take a good one now and then, but your work is exceptional. Glad we met you at Calanoa. Safe travels.

  • Paul Bertner

    on February 10, 2018

    Thanks for the kind words Freddie, much appreciated.

  • Freddie Bee

    on February 10, 2018

    what a delight to see all these fascinating creatures in such clear and excellent images

  • Paul Bertner

    on November 7, 2017

    Hola Sergio,

    Muchas gracias por las amables palabras, son muy apreciadas. Nunca he tenido la oportunidad de conocer a Piotr, pero su trabajo es diempre una inspiracion y le envío mensajes de tanta en veces. Es genial escuchar que has tenido la oportunidad de conocerlo. Espero que nos veremos otra vez y tener ocasion de hblar un poco mas.


  • Sergio Garrido García

    on November 6, 2017

    Hola Paul, te conocí en Sani en lo alto del mirador. Fue espectacular ver todo tu equipo y cómo haces el trabajo. Es algo impresionante. Me quedé pensando porque estuve viviendo cuatro años en Mozambique y allí conocí a alguien tan peculiar como tu: Piotr Naskrecki. Y efectivamente, eres su amigo en facebook, como no podía ser de otra manera. Con él aprendí mucho en técnicas de fotografía macro. Te felicito por las fotografías, son excelentes. Espero que la experiencia en Ecuador sea muy buena. Te deseo lo mejor. Sergio

  • Gee Thomson

    on May 2, 2017

    I caught your image in the New Scientist and logged onto your site. Your pictures are unbelievable, your talent remarkable. I have never seen such oddities so clear. Proves natural selection is godlike in its powers (though I am certainly not a creationist) Keep truckin.

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