Sep 282013


Nikon D3S, Nikon 105mm Macro, A:6.3, S:1/80, ISO:2000

Nikon D3S, Nikon 105mm Macro

This Little Ugly, cute animal is called (Tarsier). One of the interesting things I witnessed during my trip to Philippines in the Island of Bohol. It looks like its not from this planet (YOGA from Star Wars anyone!).  The name Tarsier is derived from its  its elongated “tarsus” or ankle bone.


Nikon D90, Nikon 18-200mm, A:8, S:1/30, ISO:400

Nikon D90, Nikon 18-200mm

Tarsier’s eyes are fixed in its skull; they cannot turn in their sockets. The eyes are disproportionately large to their body. These huge eyes provide them with excellent night vision. In bright light the tarsiers eyes can constrict to until the pupil appears to be only a thin line. In dark light the pupil can dilate and fill up almost the entire eye. The large membranous ears are mobile,appearing to be almost constantly moving, allowing the tarsier to hear any movement.

Nikon D3S, Nikon 105mm Macro, A:6.3, S:1/800, ISO:12800

Nikon D3S, Nikon 105mm Macro,

The Philippine tarsier is not a large animal; it measures only about 85 to 160 millimetres (3.35 to 6.30 in) in height, making it one of the smallest primates.

Nikon D3S, Nikon 105mm Macro, A:6.3, S:1/800, ISO:12800

Nikon D3S, Nikon 105mm Macro

The Philippine tarsier has thin, rough fur which is colored gray to dark brown. The narrow tail, usually used for balance, is naked or bald except for a tuft of hair at the end, and is about twice the body length. Its elongated “tarsus,” or ankle bone, which gives the tarsier its name, allows it to jump at least three meters from tree to tree without having to touch the groun

Nikon D3S, Nikon 105mm Macro, A:6.3, S:1/800, ISO:12800

Nikon D3S, Nikon 105mm Macro

If you ever to be in Philippines, Tariser is a must see animal. Like I said they are unique and out of this planet. If you have a wide aperture lens, it perfect for the condition in that particular place. Its bit in the dark side, so you need good light, and as well the Wide Aperture would give you a good depth of field effect (out of focus effect), something you need to isolate this remarkable animal. I used my Macro 105mm 2.8 which worked perfectly. But anyway wide aperture lens should do fine.




  6 Responses to “Tarsier (Philippines, Bohol)”

  1. The creation of Allaah t’ala is perfect, alhamdulillah! Br. Salim, did you use vignetting in these images? Would you do an article on vignette if you already haven’t?

    • Thanks Saffiya. Vignetting is mostly you do it on Photo editing software. Not much to talk about really. Its a personal preference. Some like it, some dont. For me, I tend to do it one portrait mostly and when I want the viewer to focus on the subject.

  2. Hi Salim, your images and information are superb, keep up the good work.

  3. Beautiful clicks Salim! Would like to know y u used the 100 mm lens? Was it taken so close?

    • the only reason I used 100m, is the only lens which was a MACRO lens. And i needed a Macro capable lens for this shot. And also 100m at 2.8, gives a beautiful depth of field (out of focus) effect. Notice the animal and his surrounding, its all nicely blurred and out focus, its due to 2.8 and 100mm combinations

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