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African Common Toad 2

African Common Toad  2
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-15
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-17 0:45
Viewed: 3251
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
No Clear Distinction: Toads and frogs are amphibians, meaning these animals are capable of living on land and in water. No clear distinction exists between toads and frogs, although the skin of a toad tends to be rougher and drier than frogs. Toads also tend to be covered with warts.

Protruding Parts: Both critters are characterized by their short, ridged body and wide head. Large protruding eyes and a noticeable eardrum on each side of the head are always on the alert for the next meal. A large mouth houses a long sticky tongue, which quickly flicks out to capture live prey. Without teeth and unable to chew, its meals are swallowed whole.

Few Defenses: Toads and frogs are very vulnerable as they have no defenses against predators. Their best bet to escape being eaten is their ability to jump quickly or their talent for blending into their surroundings. Some species have evolved glands that secrete a poisonous and distasteful substance on their skin. These animals are usually brightly colored to give warning to a predator ready for a meal.

Image taken in RAW, ISO1600

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-02-17 3:28]

Hello Friend George,
lively shot with a spreading leg for the extra different style.
Nice to hear words from you.
The pattern is well seen and the light is so special here.
I like the big bulging eye.


Hello George

Excellent photo of the African Common Toad,
fine POV, DOF and framing, beautiful eye-contact,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hallo George,
this is an excellent picture of the colourful frog.
Its well composed with the frog in nice pose of stretching the leg.
I also like the colours and WB.
Pity the left rear leg not is in the DOF then it had been the PERFECT picture but I know it's hard to get it all right with aperture.
Nevertheless it's a joy to watch.
Well done, mf.

Have a nice weekend

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 235 W: 1 N: 534] (5797)
  • [2012-02-17 8:05]

Una foto muy bien hecha de esta clase de rana que yo no conozco. Tiene buena luz y los colores también son buenos. La composición es acertada. Enhorabuena.

Hello George,
Amazing picture and nice color.
Red is amazing ıts leg.
Well done.

Ciao George, great capture of fantastic toad, perfect focus, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

  • dazibao (2)
  • [2012-02-17 15:13]

Excellent light and beautiful colors, tfs

Great photo George! Interesting subject, wonderful pose, excellent composition, fantastic colours and impressive sharpness. I have never used ISO 1600. I have impressed!

  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-02-18 2:45]

Beautiful species with fine colors with interesting pose, prince surely..tfs.

Hallo George,
Perfectly caught in stride. Remarkable detail and sharpness with beautiful colours. I love the shallow DOF and almost pigmentation detail of the eye. Excellent work my friend.
Best regards,

NOTHING common about this toad :0) love it...especially the spread and hot spots of color

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-02-24 12:22]

Hello George,
What beautiful colors for just a Common Toad! Love the pose of this African species you caught on the shot. Makes the picture appear very vivid and dynamic. Well chosen tight framing too.

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