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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-25
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Canon 350D, Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 DG Macro, @ ISO 800
Exposure: f/8, 1/480 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Frog mating - Rana temporaria [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-27 13:06
Viewed: 3872
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Welcome again in the frog world,
Today a next portion of frog's mating. I know the shots aren't so colourfull and pretty in the common sense - nevertheless I believe they present some interesting "facts of life"...

So again we meet Rana temporaria - the European Common Brown Frog.

Most of the individuals you see on that shot are males. There are only very few females and they are already grasped by males and hold in amplexus.

All the free males are watching restlessly the surroundings and waiting for any female that will approach the water. When it happens they will try to grasp her and will fight against rivals to hold the position. Still, Brown Frogs are relatively peaceful but in Common Toads (Bufo bufo) it happens frequently that the female is killed by too many males trying to hold her.

Concerning the technical aspect of that photo - it's very dark but believe me, finding a good balance between the extremely bright throat areas and the dark backs and backround colours wasn't an easy task.
I hope you enjoy despite this flaw...

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To horia: question!!!cedryk 3 03-28 10:19
To horia: frog speciescedryk 1 03-28 07:03
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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-27 13:35]

Hello Cedryk,
How nice to see some frogs again!! I like the colours and the pattern in this shot as well as the little eyes popping up everywhere. It has always amazed me how the males always seem to outnumber the females!! I do feel sorry for the latter!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

This is an interesting capture Michal. Looks like an intense moment! The image is dark and made to seem even darker by the black frame. I tried to bring a little detail out of the shadows, without as you mentioned blowing out the lighter areas. It looks pretty good on my monitor but who knows what it will look like on yours? This is very tricky!

Evelynn : )

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-27 15:30]
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Hello Michel,
Great capture of frogs during mating time: the time has come! Nice composition and sharp presentation of the frogs in their environment.
However, I just wonder if this is Rana temporaria? Correct me if I'm wrong, but during mating time the male R. temporaria is bluish only at the throat. As these males are entirely blue, or nearly so, they look like R. arvalis, the Moor Frog. their more pointed snouts also suggest this.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hello Michal!
Really unusual and non-commercial picture :)
Some many males and none free female... the true tradegy! hehehe! ;>
DOF and POV are really good, especially if we note that this is not easy to take photo of some many objects in one shot :)
Additional "plus" for the note.

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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-03-27 17:20]

Hi Michal,
It seems to be difficult to shoot frogs. I have tried it myself and my shot is too bright. Yours is too dark. Great details and nice DOF.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-27 21:00]

Hello Michal

A nice shot of this meeting pool.We can see the activity very well.Good focus with sharp details.Well composed and presented.We should be hearing the first mating calls here any day now,as the spring peepers begin mating even with ice still on the vernal ponds.TFS


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-28 5:05]
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Hi Michal

No matter the species, this is a splendid photo showing this interesing behavior of the male frogs.
Their colors are charming and very nicely visible and the POV here is very good.
The exposure here was indeed very difficult, due to the high contrast, but you managed it nicely even so.
I fergot to tell this in the reply i wrote: did you see any with a striped back or anything like that?

Anyway, Bravo and TFS

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-03-28 10:43]

Hi Michal,
nice recognisable image of these frogs. I'm pretty sure it's Rana temporaria. There's no defining pattern of Moorfrog in this picture. Also Common (or Brown) frogs can get a little blueish in the mating period.
Regards, Jacob

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-29 16:40]

Hi Michal,
Yes a peculiar "fact of life". It seems a poor sexual life. Exposure gives a dramatic touch to the scene.
TFS, Josť M.

Hello Michal,
fascinatingly dense congregation, clearly shown with rather difficult light conditions. An image of great authenticity and intensity.
Thank you! With best regards,

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