Ratzilla: Macro and Portrait Photography with Thoriel the Wild Rat

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Do you love rats? Or are you afraid and are a hater of rats? If you’re any one of these, you’re in the right place. Because I’m here to bring some revelations about these little creatures.

Thoriel is a wild rat with a wild, reddish brown coat color called ‘agouti‘ (a-gooh-teeh). I went out with him to meetup a friend and took portrait photos of them. We went straight home after the shoot, though, because Thoriel easily gets homesick from traveling. Mama Rattus knows even if he doesn’t tell…

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Once, in our home neighborhood, we took shade on the sidewalk to cool down in the cool breeze. There, we also took some macro photos and videos where you can clearly see the vivid details of Thoriel’s beautiful eyelashes, the masterpiece quilt work of his tail, the expression on his eyes, and his beautifully ticked agouti coat. The trivial fact about this session is that the camera recorded him making sounds that would otherwise be inaudible to human ears.

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Thoriel rat macro and portrait photography (November 25, 2015) (2)Lost in deep thought. Wish we could read their beautiful minds!

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Thoriel rat macro and portrait photography (November 25, 2015) (3)The beautiful quilt-work of their tail.

The tools used in this shoot:
Nikon D5200, Nikkor 18-55mm lens, Holga HL-N 60mm f/8 prime lens, Macro extension tube, and Macro lens +4.

Super macro photography is surreal because it reveals details that normally don’t get picked up by the naked eye. Technically, macro refers to 1:1 image reproduction, when tiny subjects are life sized. Super macro is when the subject is 2:1, meaning twice or greater magnified than in reality. There are several ways for you to achieve this through either one or a combination of these: macro extension tube, macro lens, reverse ring, and through the macro mode built into the lens itself.

Thoriel rat macro and portrait photography (November 25, 2015) (13)Their eyes express an elegant and aristocratic creature misunderstood by many.

There are so many creative things you could do with your DSLR even on a low budget, such as using a Holga lens for vintage film effect, or infrared filters for out-of-this-world images. The creative possibilities on a DSLR are just endless (more on these in another post)!

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There’s beauty in everything down to the smallest creature, if only we would look closer.” My name is Rattus Yu, founder of Pet Rats Philippines. It is our advocacy to promote love and positive image for pet rats, and so began my campaign since 2010. It would mean a lot to us if you could subscribe to our YouTube channel where you can find plenty of documentation about our pet rats.

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