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Nocturnal Gem

Nocturnal Gem
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Copyright: The dude who loves frogs (AnimalExplorer) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1010 W: 6 N: 334] (1997)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Nikon D300, 105mm F2.8D Micro-Nikkor
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A painter's dream, Pretty - Perfect - Picture [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-02 15:28
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Favorites: 6 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Agalychnis callidryas
Red Eyed Tree Frog
Agalychnis callidryas

Red-eyed tree frogs are not poisonous and rely on camouflage to protect themselves. During the day, they remain motionless, cover their blue sides with their back legs, tuck their bright feet under their belly, and shut their red eyes. Thus, they appear almost completely green, and well hidden among the foliage.

Agalychnis callidryas

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Uauuu!!!Excelente contraste, cores intensas, fundo , foco, luz, composição...Genial! Meus parabéns!!!Lindo demais!!!

Incredibly beautiful macro capture.
TFS, I loved it.
Kind regards.


Incredible colours here, and I was surprised to read that this little tree frog is not poisonous. How big is he? Nature certainly is amazing. Many thanks for sharing this photo.

Greetings, Amelia

Fantastic colors and sharpness.A job well done!

Excellent flashwork, the splash of colors are striking and vibrant.
One of the best closeup comps I've seen, everything comes together in harmonious fashion. Truly a work of art..
I kid you not ;-)

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2010-08-02 19:48]

Bonsoir Paul,

Another nice froggy in your collection. Great shot showing excellent technical control. Pin sharp, perfectly exposed with nice rich and saturated colors. Lighting isn't too harsh considering flash exposure. I beleive you used some slight diffusion, but shadows are still well defined but pleasant. Of course the subject is exotic, but without good photography technics it wouldn't show up that great. Excellent work and TFS.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-08-02 20:29]

Hello Paul,
Amazing colors and incredible detail. I can't imagine actually seeing one of these little beauties in the wild. I was surprised to find out that such a colorful frog isn't poisonous. Fantastic image!!!

Hi Paul,
An incredibly interesting shot. Great contrasting colours, sharpness and a very unusaul pose. The colouration on the side looks like ribs shining through!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-03 1:05]

Hello Paul,
Fascinating photo in real perfection. The flash did wonders here. Amazing in all aspects. The contrasts and DOF are gorgeous. What a beauty!

Hi Paul,
This is a jewel. You have captured it very well with lovely colors, very good sharpness and beautiful composition. Thanks a lot for sharing,.

Hi Paul!
Absolutely fabulous macro! Amazing colors, perfect sharpness of all the subject, exceptional POV, great, dark, homogeneous BG... It's the best frog photo I have ever seen...

Hello Paul,
All here is color!... impressive and eye catching shot!... as "Nat Geo" image! :)
Regards, TFS, Jesús

amazing closeup, TFS Ori

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-03 6:49]

Excellent portrait of beautiful tree frog. tfs.

hello Paul
such picture,s can only you make!!
so good sharpness and the colours are very good
beautiful pose of this super frog wich i by luck to see this one real ,in Costa Rica
thanks for this post
greeting lou

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-08-03 12:12]

That is a beautifl closed up.Every thing is perfect,sharpness,details,colors and pose.
TFS Michel

Hallo Paul
To look at this Red Eyed Tree Frog with its colourful markings and two shaded paws, is a sheer delight. I just love the way its front paw is wrapped around the plant and how well the big eyes displays. A great macro with lots of lovely colours, supersharp details and most pleasant background that highlights this froggie's features to its best. This is indeed any painters dream. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Very nicely done. I am always amazed by your images, and this one is no exception. I love the way the frog seems to be cradled by the leaf. Very nicely done.

Wonderful focus throughout! Very riveting. The colours are spectacular. You've framed it very well also. A perfect speciment shot. TFS Trevor

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-08-06 10:25]
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Hola Paul.
Beautiful Photo Paul. Just perfect
What kind of a ring flash do You use here.
Great use of the flash light.

Hello Paul,

what a very good and lovely picture from these resting frog.
Exeptional pov, composition and sharpness.
Fine natural colours.
Graat shot.


A beautiful shot of the little Tree Frog. Good colors and sharp detail. Stunning background.
Well done and TFS

Hi Paul

I have shot something like this one in my office that I took on my trip to Costa Rica back in 2007. They are indeed a very beautiful species. This shot is up to your usual high standard. Boy i'd love to go back their again....


Wonderful capture.

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