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Watching the sunset

Watching the sunset
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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: 2006-07-17
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Frogs and Toads, Your favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-18 7:51
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well what can i say... i can't lay off my little amphibian photos...:) They, and reptiles, stil make my day :)

This is a picture takes yesterday on a thermal pond near my town. The species is Rana ridibunda...although it doesn't really look like one. These here are different from the other ridibunda specimens from other places exactly beacuse of the ecological coditions here. Living in a thermal lake, they have the luxury of feeding, breeding and being generaly active all year long, unlike others which have to hybernate.
In the image you can see it sitting on a waterlily leaf...enjoying the sunset. I promise i'll post a picture of a waterlily soon because it is a species that lives only in this place and looks very nice. Right now the flowers are "on strike"...so i'll wait until they are in blossom to teke some shots.

Check the Workshop for the view of the thermal lake.

PP: Crop, adjusted centrast and levels, reduced noise.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-18 11:19]
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Hi Horia,
Excellent shot. The low-angle POV is perfect, combined with the shallow DOF gives great depth to the picture and also gives us a good idea of what the Frog's environment looks like. The low POV gives an idea of what it looks like from the Frogs point of view too. Nicely framed on the thirds with good leading space in front of the little fellow.

Technically and artistically I think this is an excellent shot, the exposure is perfect, great detail and clarity on the frog and the colours are beautiful. I think it's an artistic approach, because (as somebody said to me recently) nearly all pictures of Frogs are taken from the front and zoomed in. This gives the impression of great space but also gives us a good clear view of the little fellow. I like photographing Frogs and I'm definitely going to do some more. Thanks for the inspiration!
Best regards,

nice picture with Rana & Nimphaea, interesting place Petea lake.

Hi Horia, great shot with nice colors and details.
Well done.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-07-18 22:00]

Hi Horia

I agree amphibians and reptiles rule. I really like the way this photo gives perspective to the frogs world,and the way he is looking up to the heavens. Nice colour and POV.TFS


Hi Horia,
Excellent photo and title. As Adrian mentioned your POV and DOF are very good and makes it a frogPOV. I like the wideness of the shot as well letting us see its habitat.

Hi Horia,
Just time for a very quick visit.
Nice shot. Thanks for posting.

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2006-07-19 10:44]
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Sal. Horia, imagine foarte clara si culori armonioase. Apusul da niste nuante minunate. Parca ai zice ca si broscuta a cazut intr-o reverie. Interesante adnotarile tale. Apele termale sunt cumva cele de pe raul Petea langa Oradea? Succes, Dan.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-07-19 12:07]

Sal Horia,
Excellent Little Green Frog.
Nice pov,dof,colors,blurred bg,focus,sharpness,note and frog's pose.Mersi:)

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-20 3:58]

Hi Horia,
A really beautiful shot! Great pov, color and dof. I agree 100% with Adrian (aido) comment.
TFS, Josť M.

YOu amphibiophile you, soon youll be cold blooded (no, not really I dont think so). A simple snap but the subject itself and the low angle grow this image in value pretty well. Daca ai oprtunitate sati cumperi un blitz dublu pe schelet (side by side, double bounce)la tipul tau de imagine ar fi ceva nemaipomenit.

Hello Horia!
Excellent picture of this frog. I love the low angle positoning of the camera which gives you both good isolation of the amphibian from its surroundings and unusual view of the fellow, something you never see unless you get down on your belly. Even though I generally prefer a closer view of the subject, in this case I really like it the way you shot it. The exposure is very good and the shadows show well the texture of the skin on the back. Congratulations,

Very nice picture!
Congrads and TFS

This is a nice pic. Adrian started a good critique thread here.
I like the compo with gradual unsharpness.

Great frog shot as usual. The colours and POV is great. Nice work !

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