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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/7.0
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Frogs and Toads, Amphibians of Europe, Dedications at TrekNature Part Three, Amphibians (Amphibia), Dedications to Bayram [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-23 15:56
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
At the beginning I would like to appologize all of you for lack of answers for your nice critiques and no comments to your pictures. I really watch them carefully, and I promisse to write some more words very soon (I hope after this week)...

This time also only for a moment, it is really hot period of time for me now...

This is an adult specimen of Rana graeca Boulenger, 1891 - Stream Frog, or Graecian Frog.
It is easy to recognize thanks to very characteristic colouration of the throat (there is a white stripe on it - better visible on my earlier picture presented here).

This amphibian species is really cold-lover, it can be easy find "relaxing" on stones on the banks of streams and fast running rivers where temprature of water is below 10C.

As some basic data about this species were written by my last time (note the link above :>), here only some numbers according to amphibian fauna of Bulgaria where this picture was taken:

Ranidae - 6 species of Rana (including Rana esculenta)
Bufonidae - 3 species of Bufo
Discoglossidae - 2 species of Bombina
Hylidae - 1 species of Hyla
Pelobatidae - 2 species of Pelobates
Salamandridae - 1 species of Salamandra and 4 species of Triturus s.l.

And last but not least, I would like to dedicate this picture to a new TN member, and great fan of herpetology - Bayram (boreocypriensis) :>

All the best for ALL of YOU my FRIENDS!!! :>

rousettus, eqshannon, gelarsen, fartash, Jamesp, cataclysta, horia, uleko, haraprasan, boreocypriensis, nkasot, JoseMiguel, PaulH, matatur, mariki, Alex99, Argus, Miss_Piggy, Maite has marked this note useful
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"appologize all of you for lack of answers for your nice critiques and no comments to your pictures"

It is okay with me...I always appreciate your images..as I do this one...it has a flavor which you do present in your own unique way. You have much, even as a young man, to offer. You have been to places where many will only dream of going and in some cases, countries which have had terrible wars and strife...You have intelligence to take important images and learn as well as teach. You are a good contributor to "true and serious nature" in your very own special way...and thanks much for sharing this picture!

Magnifique, sujet peu sympatique mais très bien présenté.

Hello Radomir
Very nice shot of this Steam Frog,
Perfect details,exposure and BG,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-23 22:55]

Hi Radomir

Great close-up - excellent eye contact and low POV. The habitat in the BG also makes the shot interesting.



Czesc Radziu
Ale brzydka ta zaba :-) A tak serio to fajne zdjecie z ciekawej perspektywy jak do atlasu terenowego Widac wszystko doskonale.

The first time i see this species. Great capture. TFS

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-01-24 2:16]

Hi Radek

Nice to see you again, my friend! I hope all is well with you.
A very nice picture from your trip to Bulgaria. This Rana graeca is a species i haven't seen yet in real life, but i do hope to...maybe even this year.
The details of your shot are excellent and the colors very natural and beautiful. Also, i love the low-angled POV here as well as the discreet effect of teh fill-in flash.
Great work and nice dedication to yet another herpetologist here on TN :)

Cheers and TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-24 3:03]

Hello Radomir,
Excellent close capture of this Stream Frog in interesting pale colours and a bit spotty like a toad! I like its pose and the low POV. Great focus on the eye and details are very sharp. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Radomir

You have captured this dull coloured frog really well. Excellent POV, sharpness and DOF. Wll comopsed on a good background too.


Hi Radomir,
A beautiful capture of this toad. Very well composed with excellent details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Bonito acercamiento Radomir. Buenos colores y texturas, que se aprecian perfectamente a pesar de la ténue iluminación. El ojo te quedó fantástico.
En nuestras montañas ( Pirineos ) se están empezando a perder algunas especies de este tipo y de anfibios debido a las prolongadas sequías que estamos teniendo últimamente.
Un saludo: J. Ignasi

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-24 4:51]

Excellent capture Radomir!
The amount of detail is amazing!
Bayram will surely love this!
Great image quality.
Well composed and a great eye-level POV.
Nice colours.
Well done,

Hi friend Radomir;)
Thanks for your kind dedication! Also thanks to show us a nice Rana graeca.
By the way, I read Ahmet's comment and he maked me lough, since he is an bat mammalogist, but also a specialist on birds, scorpions, even amphibians and reptiles :).
Thanks for yor kind gift friend once more.
All the best!

Dear Radomir,
First thank you for your nice capture and also for your kind dedication to my supervisor who is an expert on herpetology of Cyprus and Turkey, also protozoologist/parasitologist.

Hi Radomir,
A big and clear presentation!
I like the good details got here, you filled the frame with the subject in a great way to better appreciate it.
It's so interesting the colours and textures of its skin.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-24 8:26]

Hi Radomir,
excellent detail and low POV, this shot has loads of character - i like the way you have caught the light in his skin that gives it this great shiny/slimy feel!
Well done my friend, another informative post from you, thanks!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-24 9:15]

Very very nice portrait of this forg,colours and details are perfects,very interesting note,thanks for share,Luciano

Hi Radomir,
Thank you for this perfect rendering of a Rana graeca specimen, the flash-assisted illumination revealed its pattern and coloration characteristics quite nicely and your reflection in that huge eye is an excellent by-product of this capture. A slight typo-error on its popular name ("Steam" Frog) is easily correctable, I presume. TFS indeed.

Hi Radomir.
Simply great pose of the animal, POV of the photographer and composition of the shot. Excellent DOF and sharpness of the image. I like natural colours and so suitable for the frog surroundings and its coloration. Bravo and best wishes.
P.S. I have some free time and I may prepare shots for your site if you want them else. I remember your request.

Hello Radomir,
splendid portrait of this beautifull frog,
very sharp with splendid natural colours, wonderfull focus on the eye and lovely composition very well framed,
well done,

Hello Radomir,
This is great macro of Rana graeca.
its temporal band show that it is a mountain frog with beautiful colors. Details, sharpness, POV, composition great. Also you give a nice information about Bulgarian amphibian fauna.
This is a nice gift for Bayram who is a protozologist, but he is also good specialist on herpetology.
thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hello Radomir,

Very nice picture of this frog. Great sharpness. Very nice detail on and around the eyes. Nice natural colours.
Well done,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-25 8:06]

Hello Radomir,
This is an excellent capture of the Stream Frog in a good pose and taken from a fine POV. The lighting and composition are superb.
If this species is a lover of cold water it ought to thrive in Sweden!
Thanks for sharing this one.

Just three months before campestris begins to fly!

Hi Radomir, lovely frog view with splendid details, I like its great eye, wonderful sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hola Radomir.
Un excelente trabajo.
Creo apreciar tu reflejo en el ojo de la rana(?).
Acertado encuadre amigo, un cordial saludo, Jl.

Hi Radomir, great capture, perfect focus!!! Cheers,Luís.

hello radomir,
nice capture of the frog, the image is very clear and the details of the skin of this ampibian is visible clearly, liked the pov and the eye contact,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Radomir
What a cool looking froggy you have here :) Nice details, pose and colours.
Well done and TFS

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-30 21:53]

Hi Radomir,
Wonderful portrait shot of this frog with superb details and sharp features. That eye really looks gorgeous. Perfect lighting and exposure and I like the natural environment you have captured it in. Great low POV and a marvellous composition. Kudos.

Hallo Radomir
What a big and slimy fellow you have photographed here. I cannot say that this one is a pretty one, but is surely has some attraction and magnetism towards it. It has remarkable patterns and marks on its body. The big peeled out eye has a lovely colour to it, with shades of gold green and black. It has big paws and his back legs looks very strong. I am sure when it jumps; it will be a huge jump. Great shot. Good close-up. Thanks for sharing. Have a good weekend.
Kind regards

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-02-04 6:38]

This is really amazing!! What a superb specimen and what an outstanding shot of it! Just perfect in all parameters and really interesting.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best regards

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