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Copyright: Darren Melrose (Darren) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 35 W: 0 N: 50] (245)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-26
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Pentax *ist D, Tamron SP 90mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-08-26 11:59
Viewed: 125708
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this just a few minutes ago. With all the rain we have had (even before the typhoon), there seems to be a real abundance of toads around. I was out on my run tonight and saw dozens. I was running by a pile of paving stones (they are doing some renovations to the river park near my house) and I saw this guy sitting on the top of the pile. As soon as I finished my run, I dashed home, grabbed my camera and flash and went back on the chance he would still be there. As you can see, he was, although after a couple flash shots, he decided to go elsewhere.

I don't know what kind of toad this is (I assume it is not a frog, bumps, and fatter body, where frogs are smooth and flatter bodied). Again, I am more of a photographer and someone who loves and appreciates nature as opposed to a naturalist who knows the specific details. Quite honestly, I wouldn't even know how to find out what toad this is. If you know, please help me out :)

This shot was handheld, although my camera and hand were resting on the pile of paving stones, uncropped, actually very minimal post processing, ISO 200.

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To milloup: Rain?Darren 2 08-27 05:19
To Callie: Shooting above himDarren 2 08-26 14:54
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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1102 W: 95 N: 2611] (7555)
  • [2004-08-26 14:22]
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Nice, ugly mug you nailed here, The selective dof works well, although you have to go for f22 and the tripod if you want everything sharp. My only real nit is the missing toes. ALso, You shot from somewhere above him, casting shadows below. Bend down, lie down and shoot at his POV, and the impact will be much greater.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-08-26 14:22]

Really nice one Darren
I love it. Very good capture, good colours sharp good cropping, good dof, very good job you did

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-26 15:16]

Very nice toad shot. The shadow doesn't bother me but I agree about the toes. Still, it is a very nice clear portrait. Well captured.

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2004-08-26 16:00]

What a great toad photo! Terrific lighting and nice detail. Well seen and rendered!

I wouldn't kiss this chap, not even against a guarantee of him turning into a handsome prince ;-)) Capture's nice and sharp, colours are good, but I would have preferred a bit more DOF. However, in possibly dark weather (rain?) and with shutter speed already down to 1/125 and flash on, there was probably not much to do to increase it - except using a tripod as suggested by Callie.

Very good and very sharp picture with very good details, it is just pitty that you didn't catch the whole legs, you should take the camera a little bit down.

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  • natbug (30)
  • [2004-08-26 18:42]

Nice capture, Darren. Good DOF and wonderful detail. This toad was very patient with you! ;-)

I did a little looking around on the internet to see if I could find out what kind of toad you have here.... the closest I could find is the Bufo marinus; common name is marine toad or a cane toad. None of the photographs that I found on the internet were as good as your capture so it makes it a little tricky to do the ID. That and the fact that I very little knowledge about toads!! So, I could be wrong, but maybe there is someone else out there with a better toad background that could confirm this....

Anyway, regardless of the ID and without reiterating what has already been said in earlier comments, this is a great shot!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-08-27 1:39]

Cette photo de crapaud est vraiment sympa ! Bonne composition et belle luminosité.
Well done !

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-27 5:05]

Very sharp image with good color. I hope you at least tried your luck with a kiss! My only problem is the missing toes but I still like the shot

Beautiful sharp detail on this guys head and eyes. Good neutral background to. Well done.

Very good Darren.
Nice colors , good DOF and good details
very good job.

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