Macro Outing to FRIM with Shutter Asia!

We organised an outing to FRIM on Saturday morning over at Shutter Asia (Details here).

The Forest Research Institute Malaysia is a large park just North of the city towards Selayang, it’s around 10-15 minutes drive from the end of the LDP after the Penchala Toll.

Welcome to the Forest Research Institute Malaysia, one of the leading institutions in tropical forestry research, both within the country and abroad. Founded by British colonial forest scientist in 1929, the former Forest Research Institute with Dr F.W. Foxworthy as its first chief research officer, became a statutory body governed by the Malaysia Forestry Research and Development Board under the Ministry of Primary Industries in 1985 and then in 2004, FRIM became a statutory body governed under Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

The 600-ha site in Kepong located 16 km northwest of Kuala Lumpur, is surrounded by the Bukit Lagong Forest Reserve. The Institute, which has been awarded the MS ISO 9001: 2000 accreditation, is headed by Director-General Dato’ Dr. Abdul Razak Mohd. Ali.

We went there to mainly shoot macro and enjoy the countryside!

I came back with some shots I’m really happy with! This series is focused on Macro, I’ll show some environmental shots later.

Termite Army!

Termite Army

Colourful Fly


Spider chilling in his web


Weird T-shaped bug

T-shape Bug

Cute beetle

Cute beetle

Bug that looks like a peice of old wood

Woody Bug



Blue Jumping Spider

Blue Jumping Spider

Katak Kenching or Pissing Frog

Katak Kenching

The jumping spiders were so cute staring up at the camera, jumping all over the place (including on the camera, the lens, the flash, my hand and down again).

More coming soon..

All shots were Taken with Tamron SP90mm f/2.8 Macro lens and SB-800 flash, handheld using full manual settings.

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9 Responses to Macro Outing to FRIM with Shutter Asia!

  1. Cheryl April 10, 2007 at 5:11 pm #

    I love macro shots, especially ones of insects.

    Reminds me of that documentary ‘Life in the Undergrowth’ narrated by David Attenborough. Amazing.

    It is a shame we as Malaysians can hardly name any of our own trees, insects, birds and plants.

  2. Jonathan April 10, 2007 at 6:25 pm #

    Somehow the sight of this insects gives me goose bumps

  3. Albert Ng April 10, 2007 at 11:11 pm #

    Where’s the oneness with 1:1 yo? (I’d think you could get closer?)

  4. vicky April 11, 2007 at 9:30 am #

    why did i not know abt the outing? i didn’t follow close enough on shutter asia!

    Btw, those are really really good shot!!!! My favorite is katak & spider

  5. Casey and Peanut April 11, 2007 at 1:41 pm #

    The Pissing Frog picsare as good as National Geographic & Animal Planet Pics. You have an eye for good shots. Keep it up.

    I wish I could take good pics of my two pet dogs (Shih Tzu & Dachshunds).. They move around too fast!

    My current camera… Nikon Coolpix 5200 & Fuji Finepix S6500fd…. Cheers

  6. stupe April 11, 2007 at 2:28 pm #

    Shaolintiger – don’t think those are termites la…termites are transparent in colour…

  7. ShaolinTiger April 12, 2007 at 4:03 pm #

    Cheryl: Yeah we do need more entomologists though. You would be surprised though, some of the hardcore macro photographers I shoot with know the name of virtually every insect, including the latin scientific name.

    Jonathan: Try being in the jungle a couple of inches away from them haha.

    Albert Ng: Most the insects are at 1:1, I force the focusing to 1:1 then move my body to get the desired focus. These things are tiny though, most of them are just a few mm across, and I don’t have a close-up filter. It’s hard to say though as the camera doesn’t record focal distance.

    vicky: Thank! I really love the frog too.

    Casey and Peanut: Thanks, just learning, I’ve got a long way to go yet. Come join us at Shutter Asia πŸ™‚

    stupe: There are black termites too, if they aren’t though I don’t know what they are, any ideas?

  8. stupe April 12, 2007 at 4:29 pm #

    thousand apologies…

    there is black termites.

    i’m like some frog under the coconut shell!

    Termites Identification

    Upon closer inspection of the terrific macro shots, i did notice the “termite ants” above resemble more like ants because it has segmented body with thin waist and thin neck where else a termite has no segment or noticeable waist/neck.
    *making mental note that termites are fat slob like me, no shape, ants are women, shapely*


  9. ShaolinTiger April 16, 2007 at 5:30 pm #

    stupe: No worries, and useful site, thanks πŸ™‚