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Well as much as I like the shots of the pier I've been posting over the past couple days- I was rewarded today with a great Macro opportunity to help celebrate my 400th shot on TrekEarth!

For anyone that's visited South East Asia- they'll know this critter quite well. The 'Gecko' is commonly found outside homes (and sometimes in) looking for their next meal of insects. Even if you can't see them- you can certainly hear them as they're quite loud with their social clicking sounds!

So I arrived home tonight after a few drinks and went into the kitchen to do some dishes that had been sitting in my sink (the life of a bachelor). I had just started washing when I was startled by this sudden and noisy movement in the sink to my left. Sure enough- this gecko had found his way in through a small crack under the door off my kitchen.

I figured I'd get some shots before killing the little critter- I managed to quickly scoop him up (not an easy task as they're REALLY fast!) I set up the tripod, mounted the Canon Macro 100mm lens onto my Canon 5D, fitted the ring lite onto the end of the lens, placed the open end of the glass against the lens and started taking shots.
I used a high f/stop (f/13) to allow as much detail as possible. In doing so, less light enters the lens- meaning a longer shutter speed. A long shutter speed on a living/ moving object is not recommended as any movement will cause blurring. To allow for a faster shutter speed I bumped the ISO to 3200.

I was really quite surprised how the Gecko had given into my photographic prodding, even to the extent where he started cleaning his feet (those are the feathered looking pads on the bottom of his feet that you see at the end of his tongue. Those unique pads let them climb on almost any surface at any angle). I was really hoping he'd lick his eyeball as that's the shot I REALLY wanted, but no luck.
It's amazing the shots turned out as well as they did through all his foot prints over my lens!
This is a shot that I've been wanting to get for quite sometime- and the fact that it wasn't taken in or at a zoo is even better.

I hope you like the shot...
- Dan

P.S.- I'm an animal lover- he was released (unharmed) outside my balcony.

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