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A Visiting Toad


A Visiting Toad
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Copyright: David Plummer (DiaAzul) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1986-11-01
Categories: Reptiles, Amphibians
Exposure: f/2, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-08-31 19:04
Viewed: 5945
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have been trying to find the original negative for this picture for ages, unfortunately it is now no longer to be found - so apologies if the quality is not as good as it could be, this is a re-photograph of the print.

When I was a little younger I lived in St Lucia for about six months. This was my first time living abroad and a tremendous experience. Having moved from the cold damp climate of England to the Warm damp climate of the Caribbean was educational in many ways, not least the challenge of sleeping at night with either the sound of the air conditioner whining away, or the sound of tree frogs outside chirping from dusk till dawn. The tree frogs themselves are very small - a bit like mosquitos, buggers to find but a pain in the...

However, one evening this little (well big he is around 4-5 inches) toad hopped up onto the balcony in the middle of the evening. Not wishing to miss an opportunity to photograph anything and everything possible I grabbed my trusty Praktica MTL-3 with 50mm lens and flash. Now a little note on this camera, compared with a modern day camera it had slightly fewer features than your average DSLR, by slightly fewer I mean that it had manual focus, manual aperture and manual shutter speed. To be honest the only thing that elevated it above a box with a hole was a built in centre weighted metering system, which when using flash was next to no point at all.

Rather than mount the flash on the camera, I decided instead that it might be more interesting to flash the Toad from the front and take the picture from the side. Fortunately, I had a cord to connect the flash to the camera and plonking the flash and camera on the floor I put my trust in the great photo-angel and pushed the shutter. As you can guess I was quite pleased that the picture actually came out.

Looking at the picture now, it keeps reminding me that I need to do more with creative lighting and remove the flash from the camera in order to get more interesting pictures.

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It gives a very intresting image the flash from the side. colours are good though as is the skin texture.
By the way I owned one too and it forrunner the super TL, If i rember the MTL had a little faster shutterspeed

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-31 23:38]

Hi David, Great note of your battle with thw amcient technology!
Nice toad to, but we need some info on him too. I would use the clone tool to "fix" the whites that is a bit hot, otherwise I like it. Sorry, the dimes are spend.

A unique composition. The use of the flash gives a nice different look to it. I think the experiment worked out just fine.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-01 13:45]

Very interesting technique and I like it. We are so set in our ways that we do not get creative anymore. Thanks for sharing this, I found this very refreshing!

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