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Yellow bellied toad

Yellow bellied toad
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Hoya Close-Up 52mm +1, +2, +4
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Your favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-09 16:27
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well...tomorow i'm of for a one week trip so i thought i post one more before i go :)

Here is a smiling Yellow bellied toad - Bombina variegata. The photo was taken in my last trip, the one when i testes my new Hoya close-up filters.

Something about the toad: it's quite common in the mountain regions of Romania, small sized (4-6 cm, with interesting yellow sopts on its abdomen. The small black dots you see on its back are actually defensive glands that produce a mildly toxic substance. Nothing really to be worried about, but i wouldn't surgest puting your hands in the mouth of eyes after touching it.

Hope you like it :)

loot, marhowie, coasties, cecilia, ramthakur, Alex99, firelord, jchemas, aido, extramundi, pablominto, SkyF, RAP, Alex_Strugariu, cicindela, uleko has marked this note useful
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Cool toad shot. Very sharp

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  • takos1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 25 N: 208] (2607)
  • [2006-07-09 16:53]

Foto entusiasmante!
bellissimi i dettagli, ottima composizione, complimenti!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-07-09 17:53]
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Hi Horia
This is a marvellous capture of this rather strange looking toad. He even has a little green aphid as a passenger on his left leg which makes this a double species photo.
The composition is great with the rock carrying the toad nicely into the frame, the colours are rich and stunning, the details are truly amazing as one can see all those little tubercles and the pores, the BG is spectacular and it compliments the dark toad very well, and the exposure was perfectly managed to show such excellent contrast on the dark body of the amphibian.
Very well done and TFS.

very nice and interesting. Ori

Well captured Horia,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Amazing sharpness in this shot!!
Great details and color, lovely composition.


Hi Horia

Excellent work. Nice POV, good depth of colour. Well done :-)

Out of this world. This is glorious. Great work.

Very impressive image of this scaly toad, Horia. I like the overall composition too with that little green creature riding its flank.
TFS and take care.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-07-10 12:25]

Hi Horia.
What a wonderful picture of a princes-frog you've captured. Brilliant clearness, outstanding sharpness and smallest details are amazing. Bravo and my congratulations.

Hi Horia
Great shot and excellent composition, with great colors and details.
Superb POV, DOF, and BG.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-15 5:04]

Hi Horia,
Great shot of this little fellow, your POV and close-up have made him look much bigger :-) Only the Aphid gives away his size. I think your close-up filters are working perfectly, the shot is of great quality, excellent detail, beautifully smooth bokeh. Nicely framed with an interesting note, a lovely shot.

Thanks for helping out with the ID of my frog, it's helpful to me.


This is a very nice toad, looks very interesting.
The POV is great showing the contour, and shapness and details perfect. I did not know, aphids liked toads :)
You always get the light to the limit, but with nice results.

Hi Horia,
Wonderful capture of the toad!
The pose is good and all presented in a dynamic composition...
I'm impressed by the details achieved, the sharpness is superb and with good colour!
Good close-up, and you get that little green guy for bonus!
Pablo -

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-19 16:48]

Hello Horia,
very nice capture, the details of this toad are great, looks like the bug on him does not mind the toxen. POV, sharpnenss and composition are great.

Hy Horia,

Sorry for not noticing this picture earlier...
Great shot! Great POV, great collors...
Not one of my favorite herps but a truely great picture!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-07-29 6:39]

Espectacular... realmente Horia.
La nitidez con la que se aprecia la piel del anfibio es grandiosa, así como la inclusión del pulgón.
Gran DOF, iluminación y encuadre adecuados.
Gracias por compartirla con TN.
Veo que eres amante de estos animales, puedes ver una especie de Argentina AQUI

Spectacular... really Horia.
The clearness with which is appraised the skin of the amphibian is huge, as well as the inclusion of greenfly.
Great DOF, suitable illumination and frame.
Thanks for sharing with TN.
I see that you are loving of these animals, you can see a species of Argentina HERE

Composition: *****
Sharpness: *****
Color: ****
DOF: *****
POV: *****
Note: ***

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-07-31 5:51]

Hi Horia,
Great picture of this Toad.
Great POV, color, DOF, sharpness and BG.


Horia ...helloo
A wonderful animal and depicted very well in terms of sharpness, depth of field and colours.
Being a photographer IMO the white blurred flower in the BG is distracting...you can get rid of it in PS or similar editors.

Hello Horia!
Here is one I overlooked before :)
Very nice POV showing all important details of this Bombina species, especially well seen on amphibian's skin. On the skin I can see also a small green "kamikaze" aphid! ;> And this is really funny. Interesting is how did aphid ended adventure with this amphibian :)
Best greetings and have a nice Easter my Friend! :)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-07 8:36]

Hello Horia,
Great capture of this toad showing sharp details and the true colours. I like the POV and the composition too. A bonus is the little aphid!!
TFS and all the best, Ulla

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