Because childhood, Ajar Setiadi has actually been interested in the secret lives of the wild animals and reptiles living near his home in Bogor, Indonesia.
This passion inspired him to pick up a cam years ago in an attempt to document the unique snakes, frogs, lizards, birds and insects he ‘d spent hours watching.
And after a lot time behind the lens, he’s created a knack for capturing these secretive little animals in emotional, nearly human moments.
When it rainfalls, Setiadi likes to watch the white tree frogs, also known as dumpy tree frogs, take cover under the vegetation.
In February, he was outside throughout a storm when he noticed one frog appearing to sweetly protect another from the elements while looking for sanctuary under a flower umbrella.
He broke a picture and immediately recognized that moment was something special. “I could just get a couple of frames since this minute can’t be repeated,” Setiadi.
Catching these wonderful interactions takes a lot of patience, but for Setiadi, it’s always worth it. “I let [the animals] act,” Setiadi claimed. “I’m just waiting for the best minute.”
And Setiadi doesn’t mind getting a little damp if it means witnessing nature at its finest.