• Kevin Esser

Wide angle herps

I recently bought the LAOWA 15 mm. Now it was about time to try the new lens in the rainforest. It can be difficult to take pictures of wild animals, because you need to get very close to the subject. Also all the settings must be done manually and the live view doesn't really work. It took some practice and patience, but I am very happy with the results.


Dipsas bicolor - Two-colored Snail-eater
Dipsas bicolor - Two-colored Snail-eater

My personal highlight and lifer was this beautiful Two-colored Snail-eater (Dipsas bicolor). With the low angle shot, I want to emphasize their aboreal behaviour.


Dipsas bicolor - Two-colored Snail-eater
Dipsas bicolor - Two-colored Snail-eater

The "it's coming right at me" picture shows nicely the giant eyes of this nocturnal snake. Using the LAOWA lens, I mostly set the aperture between f/16 and f/32.


Oophaga pumilio - Strawberry Poison Frog
Oophaga pumilio - Strawberry Poison Frog

In some areas the Strawberry Poison Frog is very common. It is still always really cool to encounter these little jumping rubies. Since I have many "regular" macro shots of these frogs, I wanted to include the habitat in this picture.


Oxyrhopus petolarius - Forest Flame Snake
Oxyrhopus petolarius - Forest Flame Snake

I have seen several specimen of the Forest Flame Snake, also called Calico Snake, but it was the first time I found a juvenile one. The yellowish / white color will turn to red when they grow older. This is a coral mimic rear-fanged snake, completely harmless to humans.


Corytophanes cristatus - Helmeted Iguana
Corytophanes cristatus - Helmeted Iguana

The Helmeted Iguana has a highly variable coloration. This is the only one I have seen so far with a beautiful blue pattern. They are ambush pretadors and barely move at all, so it can be very hard to spot them.


Imantodes cenchoa - Blunthead Tree Snake
Imantodes cenchoa - Blunthead Tree Snake

One of the commonly seen snakes during the night hikes in Costa Rica is the Blunthead Tree Snake. I had a picture like this in mind for a long time and thanks to my new lens and some luck, I actually got it now. The snake was climbing down from a palm leaf and I seized the opportunity for this tongue shot.