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Basking in the Sun

Basking in the Sun
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Copyright: Tiffany Freyser (smurfie117331) (15)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-23
Categories: Amphibians
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-10-23 14:38
Viewed: 4133
Points: 3
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here you have an Rana catesbeiana, or also known as a common bullfrog.
The Bullfrog is quite distinctive in all its life stages. It is a very large, robust frog, green or brown in colour and with large golden eyes. Adult female Bullfrogs may reach 20 centimetres in length (not including legs!) and 750 grams in weight. Male Bullfrogs are somewhat smaller, as is usual for amphibians. Both sexes have a large and distinct tympanum ("ear") just behind and below the eye. The tympanum is partly surrounded by a fold of skin that runs from the eye down to the shoulder. Males have a tympanum roughly twice the size of the eye, while females have a smaller tympanum that is about the same size as the eye. There are no dorsolateral folds (the folds of skin that run down the sides of the back of many frogs). The sexes may also be distinguished by their throat colour - adult males have yellow throats, often quite bright, while females have paler cream or white throats.

We came upon this guy on a daily hike. He is quite a neat creature.

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Great details in your shot Tiffany. You've provided an interesting note also. Welcome to TN and Thank You.

Nicely captured Tiffany,
Good low POV and detail.Good note to accompany the shot.
Thanks for posting, have a good week.

Welcome to TN, I look forward to viewing more of your posts.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-12-07 13:57]

Hi Tiffany
and well met.
Nice note, always good to read about other places and their denizens. detail on the pick is nice and crisp, the diagonal created by the subject's body draws the eye into the frame, However, looks like you used flash or harshm direct sunlight, tone down a bit on the flash, or use a Polariser or ND filter. It will get rid of the excessive highlights on the frogs body. Aso, if you waited til he moved his head a little to the left in the frame, or moved over to his left, you would have ahd a much stronger image. Just some pointers.

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