Ajar Setiadi has been fascinated by the hidden lives of the wild creatures and reptiles that reside near his home in Bogor, Indonesia, since he was a youngster.
Years ago, he picked up a camera in an attempt to capture the unusual snakes, frogs, lizards, birds, and insects he’d spent hours studying.
And after so much time behind the camera, he’s developed a talent for catching these elusive tiny creatures in emotive, almost human moments.
Setiadi enjoys watching the white tree frogs, sometimes known as dumpy tree frogs, take refuge under the foliage when it rains.
He was outside during a storm in February when he observed one frog kindly shielding another from the weather while finding refuge under a flower canopy.
He took a picture and realized right away that it was something extraordinary. “I could only grab a few frames since this moment cannot be recreated,” Setiadi explained to The Dodo.
It takes a lot of time to capture these wonderful encounters, but it’s always worth it for Setiadi. “I just let [the animals] act,” Setiadi explained. “I’m simply waiting for the right time.”
And Setiadi isn’t afraid of getting a bit wet if it means seeing nature at its best.