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Bufonidae - common toads

Bufonidae - common toads
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Copyright: Jusni Nasirun (jusninasirun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1740 W: 71 N: 3675] (14660)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-13
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon Macro 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro
Exposure: f/29.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-14 0:26
Viewed: 3628
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi friends in TN.

Bufonidae piggy bagging

I came home from some grocery shopping last night and spotted some movement on my driveway. With the headlights still turned on, I spotted these common toads hopping with the partner clinging on her back. I went for my camera and captured this image with my half an inch hose underneath them. This will give viewers some idea of the size of this species.

Bufonidae, or true toads, are a family of Anurans; the only family exclusively known as toads. True toads comprise a number of genera, with Bufo being the most widespread and well known.

True toads are widespread and occur natively on every continent except Australia and Antarctica, inhabiting a variety of environments, from arid areas to rainforest. Most lay eggs in paired strings that hatch into tadpoles, although, in the genus Nectophrynoides the eggs hatch directly into miniature toads.

True toads are toothless and generally warty in appearance and have a pair of parotoid glands on the back of their heads. These glands contain an alkaloid poison which the toads excrete when stressed. The poison in the glands contains a number of toxins causing different effects. Bufotoxin is a general term, different animals contain significantly different substances and proportions of substances. Some, like the cane toad Bufo marinus, are more toxic than others. Some "psychoactive toads," such as the Colorado River Toad Bufo alvaris, have been used recreationally for the effects of the bufotoxin. Male toads possess a Bidder's organ, of the precise function of which is not yet known.


For the PP work I would like to thank John Denk (jpdenk) for laying out details on how to sharpen the image. I have follwed his step in CS3 just to sharpen the luminance so that the sharpening halos are not so obvious. Your contribution is very well appreciated in true spirit of TN.

Shot JPEG fine
In Photoshop
Cropped and resized
Convert the RGB to Lab color
Lightness channel selected
USM 140, 0.4, 10
Back to RGB mode
Save as toad2.jpg

Thanks John for the useful tip

Model: NIKON D80
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 10/2000 sec
F-Stop: f/29.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 160
Focal Length: 60 mm
Date Taken: 2009-01-13 20:48
Metering Mode: Spot
Flash: Flash fired, auto mode, return light detected
File Size: 287 kb
jusni nasirun 2008

banaei_nikon, eng55, haraprasan, marhowie, matatur, Argus, boreocypriensis, CeltickRanger, maurydv, siggi, valy67, jaycee, mohaiminawang, rousettus has marked this note useful
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Hi Jusni
I like the perspective you've chosen for this image
Congratulation for photograph
Well done


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-14 1:31]

Hi Jusni,
Excellent capture of this mating pair.Sharpness,clear details,POV,sharpness and composition is wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Jusni,
You are very much right about of John. Sure he is a master in photoshop. And I can see the outcome here. Very well done. Nice capture of these common toads mating. Sharp details and a lovely composition. Only nit is I think it is a bit over saturated else a very good capture. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Jusni, fantastic capture of lovely couple in love, superb details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-14 4:51]

Hi Jusni,2 points are not enough for this fantastic scoop! Great moment to take and impressive quality!!! My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

Great use of flash to get this one at night Jusni.
Plenty of DOF with both amphibians showing clear sharp details.
I've never been so lucky as to see my toads here doin' their thing..
So hat's off to ya as they say :)
Well done,

A good snapshot of axial amplexus regarding that fine bufonid pair Jusni, there are some anthropogenic clutter around (as you also point out), but the razor sharp image with its rich colours and patterns is outstanding! TFS this my friend.

hello Jusni
great picture
nice colours and good sharpness
beautiful Toads
greeting lou

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-14 6:03]

Salam Jusni,
moment well captured. you did it right. These toads must be from somewhere I notice as it there is a leech ( pacat) hanging onto its thigh.
Well shot with excellent details and clarity.
Beautiful presentation.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-14 6:11]

Hello Jusni,
An excellent capture of a pair of mating Bufo toads taken from a great POV with superb sharpness and lighting. The composition is pleasing too.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,

Hi Jusni, a masterpiece work my friend. You captured this beautiful pair in love (amplexus) ith great details on their skin and lovely pose.
TFS and cheers,

hello Jusni

a superb close-up photography of wath i call paparazzi style photo ,
shot with fine POV, excellent luminosity and density of the colours,
great sharpness and details, TFS

Ciao Jusni,
splendida cattura notturna di questi rospi nel tipico abbraccio di accoppiamento, eccellenti POV e DOF, straordinaria la definizione con fantastici dettagli della texture della pelle, ottimo utilizzo della luce flash con colori ben saturati.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-14 10:44]

Hello Jusni
You have done an excellent shot of couples in union. The details and those body are amazing. The light creates a wonderful picture
Best regards Siggi

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-14 13:57]

Hello Jusni !
Wow, this is an excellent picture ! The toads looks beautiful, I love their color, and I also love the texture and markings on their skin. You managed to capture all this with excellent details. You also made great use of your flash, bringing out of your camera a great quality picture, combined with an interesting note. Very well done !

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-14 14:21]

Hi Jusni,

This is a great example of being in the right place at the right time! And the frogs were lucky they weren't in the path of your car. An amazing shot - you captured the moment perfectly. Colors are wonderful, sharpness is perfect. I love their eyes and we can see every wart on their bodies.


Salam Jusni,

Nice colour and clearity of toads. They are diffrent colour but sure a good pair, don't care the leech.Great presentation and good note.TFS.


Hi Jusni,

What beautiful animals! Nice shot of them being" friendly". I'm glad that you tried and liked the sharpening method I suggested, the results are excellent!


Salam Jusni,
sorry for my silence, since I have been in field for five days. Now, I can visit your posts and I saw one of them, with beautiful toads. This species is similar B. bufo here in general appearance (habitus), but I also see a bit differences. You captured them in axillar amplexus, with perfect sharp focus, coloration and POV. Using flash light and f/29 greatly resulted. Thanks for sharing. Best regards my frind

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