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The Frog: 4 in 1

The Frog: 4 in 1
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-26
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Marumi MC-UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/11, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-08-27 9:56
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my first shot of a frog in general and my first post of the frog on TN in particular.
This is my first landscape on TN.
This is a first photo with my image on TN gallery.
Finally, probably this is my last summer post on TN.

As usually this summer, (see my note for "True Colours") I with my family have gone for a walk to estuary to take pictures the seagulls. (I should say that this time pictures of seagulls and members of my family were taken.)

All events developed on narrow edge of the coast near the water. My attention was attracted by snake, which was unexpectedly seen by me underfoot. However, it so quickly escaped under snag that I have not had time to take its picture. Then and there from underfoot the frog by size approximately 10 cm darted out. Probably, it was a potential snake's victim. As far as this was my first meeting with a frog after buying my camera, I have decided to shoot it. I have taken some series of pictures, including series of frog portraits close-up.

Hereinafter, the day passed as usually. The family reposed, and I strolled with camera in quest of other objects for the shooting. Such objects were a lot: seagulls, snake (next), dragonflies, spider, landscape.

However, that, what I have seen at the evening on computer, shocked me. On the picture of a frog, I have seen myself, lowered on knees and taken pictures of this frog. I have seen also for my back beautiful landscape: blue sky, sun and sunrays, clouds, trees, green bushes and herb, which during a shooting I could not see. Signifies, when I was shooting the frog, the frog was shooting me (using, by the way, first class "fish eye" lens).

This picture, whose co-author rightfully is the Frog, I consider as a good surprise for me for the whole my summer photo sessions. I have presented the Summer to Nature, Nature has presented me my own image in such original presentation.

Adieu Summer and Welcome Autumn.

With wish excellent autumn pictures to all TN members,
Sincerely yours, Alexei.

EXIF metadata (summary):
D/T – 08.26.2006 12:54:30
ET – 1/160 s
F-N – f/11
ISO – 400
FL – 300 mm

Adjusting light and shadow
Noise reduction
Cropping and Resizing for TN
PH CS2 ver. 9.0
ACDSee Pro ver. 8.0

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-27 11:38]
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Hello Alex,
A good shot and a thoughtful and interesting note. It's quite amazing to see so much in the reflection, not only shapes but colours too. It's also interesting to see a frogs eye at such proximity, I don't think I ever saw one so close before. Nice work and an entertaining post, thanks for sharing.

Nice to hear you got some pictures of your family this time :-)


Hi Alex!
Quite an impressive shot you got here! You managed to squeeze a lot of stuff in that little eye. Even more impressive is the fact that you did it with a zoom lens (as opposite to 1:1 macro lens). Very good job! Congratulations,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-27 13:32]
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Hi Alexei,
This a real macro of an eye and "micro" of a landscape and you! Quite original and eye-catching shot with very good details and reflection.
José M.


Hi Alexei,
I see you - that's a lovely shot with nice reflections in this eye - very creative.
Thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

The shot is great, but I really loved your note. Made me laugh. Very good surprise!

excellent shot of a frog eye and a photographer in the classic..'humped over' mode..:)
we get this all the time..
the clarity here is phenomenal at such a distance
it puts the konica minolta cam range back on my wants list

ps your portrait in w/s..:)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-28 6:59]
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Hello Alexei, I read all your interesting note. I like the "first class lens" and the sentence "Nature has presented me my own image in such original presentation" ! You made an original and amazing shot 4 in 1 !!!! Bravo !

Wowowow, Alexei!
Molto interessante questa foto macro, bellissimo lo specchio nell'occhio, veramente bella, bravo!!


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-28 8:40]
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Hello Alexei,
this is close! Very nice shot, I like the details in the reflection and the *frog eye effect* ;-). Very well done, there is so much to explore in your composition.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-08-28 10:33]
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Privet Alexei,
It's an unusual and wonderful capture.It's interesting to see you in frog eyes:)Well caught,framed and composed.Excellent work!

bonjour alex
vous avez reussi la une belle photo avec votre reflet dans l'oeil de cette grenouille.
une netteté impeccable.felicitations.

Perfect close up...Excellent presantation. Extraordinary and creative work ..Bravo, regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-28 20:46]
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Hi Alex

I am all 4 this photo. Great concept.Excellent macro.Amazing how much detail is in the reflection of this frog's eye.It's like CSI stuff. TFS


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-29 4:18]
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Hi Alex

A really interesting shot, the reflection in the Frogs eye is amazing as its so detailed, very interesting shot.

Regards Hilary :)

Hi Alex,
I like this photo very much! Great macro with your reflection in its eye. It is so close... Great composition and a very good catch! TFS,

what a details in a eye, wauw Alexei,
fantastic, you can see the photographer in the shot, what can I say, the idea is very good and the quality is very nice, well done.
gr. jaap

The quality is not the best but it deserves a big smiley for the unusual factor!

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-08-30 6:30]
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Bonjour Alexei,
Je félicite autant le photographe pour cette superbe image que le dresseur de grenouilles :-))
Avoir réussi à mettre le reflet du photographe et du soleil dans l'oeil est une prouesse. Bravo.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-09-01 13:09]
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Hi Alexei!
I like this photo within a photo, very interesting idea, my advice is that you add some shadows or tint to make it look sharper and to lose light reflextions, good work!

Hi Alexei !
What a great photo ! I love it ! It is showing us amazingdetails of the frog's eye, but the most interesting part is, in my opinion, the wonderful reflection in the eye itself. There is a whole landscape in this eye, with trees, leaves and a sun - and you, of course ! :-) Very well done !

Oui, vous avez dû être surpris de voir que l'oeil de la grenouille avait pris votre photo! C'est absolument incroyable et c'est réussi avec beaucoup de netteté.
Qu'est-ce que le hasard peut faire. Moi, je donne cinq ***** à la grenouille! D'accord, Alexei?


You are an absolute GENIOUS! So great a close up,
so well done, that "YOUR" image is reflected on the creatures eye.
Your notes bear witness to the quality of your talent.
Great work,Congrats.,

Hello Alexei,
I like this idea of close up - very original. Impressive result. Well done and seen.

Hi Alexei!
browse your photos is a true pleasure and a great source of inspiration and learning...this one is really superb...may be this is the way frogs see us!
as to the photo is one of the must creative nature photographs I´ve see so far
congrtulations to you and to the frog!
best regards

Hi Alexei.
I like very much your 4 in 1. Is is a lovely shot with a great and detailed reflection which contains even the colours of the scene and a shine star on the sun :)
I agree with Geof about contrasting a bit more, but not as much as the workshop.
I enjoyed to see this one, congratulations.

What an amazing shot! WOW!
Really WOW!
I have to add this one to my favorites because it is, beyond a doubt, one of a kind. WOW!
This is the kind of photo I wish I would have taken. :)

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-10-25 10:40]

selam my friend
wooww whats a beautiful and wonderful close-up working on its eye and creative idea
i like composition, point of view, lighting, colours and details
thanks for sharing

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-22 16:11]

Hello Alexei,
very interesting shot!
Good composition!
You put everything in this photo: frog,landscape and yourself! Good job!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-08 1:25]

WOW!! What a stunning shot!! I had never seen a frog's eye so close and with so much information in it! You did an excellent and interesting close-up here. A great shot, indeed!
Thank you very much, dear Alexei.

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  • BobH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
  • [2007-12-13 9:19]
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Beautiful, creative, and unique image. It is not easy to get the cooperation of animals, so it is right to give them co-authorship!

I have a technical question- the tripod button is marked yes, but in your reflection in the frog's eye, it does not look like you are using a tripod. Can you please comment?


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  • netgui (97)
  • [2014-04-08 7:04]

Jolie photo avec un beau reflet

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