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The perfect couple

The perfect couple
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-04
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro + 1.4x Converter, Digital ISO-200, Kood 72mm UV filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bayram's Favorites-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-04 14:28
Viewed: 3705
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's another shot of the mating Toads but this time a bit closer in.

Sorry about the late upload... I was photographing an airshow until a few hours ago!

I hope you like it!
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Hi Joe,

Away, just marking


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-05-04 14:37]

Hi Joe

As they say, "Love is blind" and fortunately so for these toads.

Wow, you pushed the level on this one. I am overwhelmed by the amazing sharpness, the wonderful colour palette, and the perfect exposure and that with a fill-in flash. A truly remarkable in-your-face image.

Well done and TFS.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-05-04 15:35]


Just marking
I'll be back later!


Una textura de la piel captada de forma precisa por la excelente iluminación utilizada. Gama de colores muy conjuntada con el fondo. Buen encuadre y artístico conjunto.
Saludos Joe y buena semana: Josep Ignasi.

Are they toadily in love or what? Okay, bad pun, but I really like the texture here and the macro. I feel as if I touch my screen, I'll be touching the toads. The colors are brilliant, the focus sharp, and the exposure perfect, and as far as exposure...well, you can't improve on that either - it's really wonderful.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-04 16:16]
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Hi Joe,

I recognize this couple! Fantastic macro - we can see every wart in great details. I still think the eyes are magnificent. Would love to see your shots from the airshow - do you post on another site too?


Hi Joe!
That's a nice picture- frogs love...;) Great details and sharpness, fine POV, well done!

I like it! I had 7 kids:-) Very fine close in Joey and true to colour as well. I am a very thankful father though. One marriage of 42 years and 7 kids but only one had warts.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-05-04 22:22]

Hi Joe!

I'm at work, can't be long, but absolutely wanted to tell you that I love that picture very much. It's just great. The perfect macro picture in all belongings, from the technical side as well as from the pictural and emotional one!



wowwww... Joe, what a beautifull and perfect macro capture of these matting toads. Details on the skin suberb! I can hear the voices "Croooaaaak, croaaaakk" and realy I hopped :) suddenly when I saw your excellent shot:-) TFS.
Cheers OwlMan,


Ps. you missed seeing the previous upload :-D (a flower:p)

Another fascinating close-up with your Converter, Joe.
The details are unbelievably sharp and that includes the eyes of the mating toads.
The colours too are so rich they make the subjects look very charming.
What sort of pictures did you take during the air show?

Hello Joe,
Excellent closeup of the mating Toads!
the image is so sharp with beautiful colouration and superb details!
a very pleasant image with quality
many thanks for the sharing
best regards

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-05-05 1:59]

Hi Joe,
excellent job, the clarity, colour reproduction and detail are all superb. Congrats on a great shot, well done!

Hi Joe!
What a close-up! Simply perfect! very good sharpness, light and DOF! Nothing to add my Friend! Just like in the title "perfect couple" :)
best regards,

Amazing capture! All are perfect and cute:-) TFS. Regards,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-05 4:42]

Hi Joe,
Beautiful capture.Point of view,sharpness,lighting,moment you caught and composition are excellent.Thanks for posting!

Hello Joe,
Like it? It's excellent.What did you do to get such a low POV? Went flat on the ground?:) Amazing sharpness and details captured witha perfect POV. The eyes look amazing.
By the way how did the airshow go?
Will you send me the pics?:)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-05 8:30]
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Hi Joe . In to aeroplanes as well as Toads. As Loot has said this is first class close up work . The detail and clours are spot on. i take my hat off to you young man.well done TFS.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-05 9:21]

Hi Joe,
Outstanding shot of this mating toads with such amazing sharp details on their skin. Superb use of flash lighting and it has brought out the details so clearly. Those eyes look huge and gorgeous and I like the feel of contentment in them. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

A textbook close up to demonstrate an axial amplexus (that is, the male embracing the female under the armpits) in the toads Joe, more visible here from the previous one since the toads are out of water. This of course is not a "mating" as some say, but still a breeding activity. Very good my friend.

Hello Joe,
very nice capture here, realy sharp colours and perfect focus with great deeph of field, splendid lighting and very fine composition,

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-05-05 13:00]

Hi Joe,

Superb capture of the mating Toads
Nicley composed with the tight crop working so well.
Excellent details showing the warty skin perfectly.
Great natural colours and light too.


Hello Joe:

As evening came to see with my review on your photo, all my predecessors have already said everything possible regarding the photo of this mating. I can only add that I agree with the comments of others saying that the picture is very well conceived and well done.

A hug dear friend.


Thank you for your comments on my photos, you're very kind.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-05-05 15:05]

Hello Joey my friend, this sure is a fine couple. I wish I could carry Love on my back like that ;-)) I think these toads can travel long distances in this position, it is truly amazing. As always, your picture is stunningly sharp, beautifully lit and the colours are just great nad perfect. Thanks again!


They are really perfect couple. You captured them in their special time with a great macro. Thanks. best wishes my friend

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-05 21:51]

Hello Joe,
An excellent portrait of a pair of Common Toads in the process of spreading their genes. The technical features are excellent and the use of flash and composition just right. A great illustration of how the two sexes differ in size.
I like this one a lot and it's going into my favorites!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-05 23:12]

Hi Joe

A great close-up shot - good composition and POV with good colour and superb detail. Well observed and captured.

Just back from Ireland - sorry missed some postings.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-05-06 0:49]

Hi Joe,perfect couple but perfect pic first!!!Wonderfull quality in sharpenss,details and colours,very nice choice of point of view,my best compliments,Luciano

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-06 4:54]

Hello Joey, Excellent shot and great closeup. Lovely eyes and expression. ganesh

Hi Joe, lovely couple with splendid golden colors, lovely details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-06 23:07]

Hello Joe,
Superb macro showing all the warty details!:-)
Great focus on their eyes and excellent colours against the soft background. Very fine use of the flash and well composed too!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Hello Joe,
The tight framing forces the view to concentrate on the essentials!
Excellent focus and the details are almost too good, hehehe...
Pleasant colour reproduction, all together fine work!
Pablo -

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