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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-02
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reflections [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-04 10:06
Viewed: 4743
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello TN,

I'm back! And I'm very happy to learn that some old TNers can actually remember me ;-)
(I've missed you guys so much!)

I'm sad to see some old friends gone or having a break, but I can fully understand that. On the other hand it's lovely to see so many new faces and loads of really impressive work in their galleries.

Sadly last couple of years I didn't have as much time for photography as I would like to. Also taking pictures is much more difficult now when I live in London. That's why most of my shots comes from my holiday in Poland.

This one have been taken last year in a fishing pond in my parents garden. It was warm summer day and the water was great. I was able to lie down and get the fairly low POV. It was very calm too hence the preety sharp reflection of a frog.

I find frogs preety easy to photograph. If you're patient they tend to get used to you and stop jumping into the water when you're getting too close. This one let me take quite a lot of shots before taking off.

As for the frog itself. It's known as Edible frog (Rana esculenta). It is said to be delicious, but I'm not very tempted to check it myself. I'm sure though that the family of grass snakes living in that pond will agree. They spend hours hunting the frogs among water lilies.

I hope you'll find the photo interesting.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-04 10:50]

Hi Monika. I like your low POV in this close up of the frog. with very good detail and natural looking colours. with a refection in the water. i like this picture very much . good notes too.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-11-04 11:04]

Hola Monika,
bella captura,
fino reflejo,
colores y buena nitidez,
tu web site es maravilloso :))

Hello Monika,
Excellent and funny shot, with a perfect composition and beautiful colours. A nice remind of the summer... Best regards,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-11-04 11:08]

Hi Monica,

Welcome back on TN,a nice capture of this frog and its reflection,well composed on a nice and colorfull fore and background,


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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2008-11-04 11:16]

Hi Monika,
Excellent capture full of details..
I like the reflection on the water a lot..
Very well composed..

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-11-04 12:03]

Hi Monika!

And as far as I'm concerned, I'm glad to meet you and to discover your wonderful gallery that I didn't know yet. In this picture, I'm particularly attracted by the simplicity of the content and the composition. Both - the content and the composition - create an impressive impact and the reflection adds to the value of the picture. I also appreciate the interesting notes.

Kind regards


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-04 12:09]

Hi Monika :)

Nice to see you back again! I hope you still had some little lime for photos these past few years and hope to see some of them soon :)

This is a lovely photo of this Rana esculenta and it actually reminds me of my earlier shots :) (as you nicely mentioned that you remember my first days ;) )
The low POV here is great and the composition you managed to create is wonderful.
I love the reflection and the entire tranquility of the scene. The patterns on the side of the frog are well visible, too and the colors everywhere are gorgeous!
Great job!

Bravo and TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-04 12:26]

Hello Monika,
I didn't know your work, but I've looked in your portfolio and was amazed. What a quality!
This photo is also of a high standard. The colours, sharpness, composition and the reflection in the water is gorgeous.
The low POV makes it complete.

Hello Monika,
I´m glad seeing your nice pics agin in TN. and this one is not the exception. Composition, framing , illumination, frog place in the image, all this makes a excellent picture. Compliments

A fine capture of an edible frog in its prime Monica, displaying its characteristic pattern and colouration against a lovely, OOF BG. Its almost mirror reflection adds to this beautiful composition. TFS this fine image.

  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-04 14:12]
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Hi Monika,
it's very good to see another photo from you!
This is such a cool shot!
The reflection is perfect.
Very sharp.
Excellent composition.

Well done,

p.s how long have you lived in London for? Next time we do a TN meet I'll let you know! :-)

pts tomorrow

hello Monika,
the capture surprising with the frog in the classic pose with attractive game of reflections,
compliments sERGIO

Hi Monica,

Great to see your back
Excellent shot
Superb compo with lovely natural colors and a beautifull reflection
Perfect POV, DOF and sharpness

TFS Thijs

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-04 20:54]

Hello Monika,

You have made a beautifull photo with this frog. It makes me think at the prince from the story, waiting for a kiss.
Image is very good showing sharp the frog so that details as skin pattern or texture can easily be observed. The reflection on wtare surface makes composition interesting.

Thank you for sharing,

Great to see another post from you after so long Monika.
Such a beautifully clear and colourful shot,and so nicely composed.
It might be a common frog but you make it look special.
Cheers and TFS

nice shot, beautiful "sunset" colours, nice reflections, dof and composition.

Hi Monika

Good to see you back with us.
Great shot of this frog on his rock, the reflection creates a perfect compoition for a fairy tale.
Excellent sharpness and POV.


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-11-05 4:43]

Hi Monika
very nice composition and reflection
very well image

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-05 5:03]

Hello Monika,
What a fine and well composed frog picture! Really perfect from all points of view, composition, sharpness, colors, light-management.
Trčs beau!
Best regards

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-05 6:02]

Hi Monika,
Excellent capure.POV,details,colors and especially reflection on water is perfect.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Monika excellent capture of frog. Well composed nice colors, sharpness & lighting. Well done. Regards - Adil.

Hi Monika,
A lovely capture of this beautiful frog. Superb details and a very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-05 9:22]

Hi Monika.
It is very good that you have returned here. And we can see your amazing shots again. This one is brilliant. I like subject a lot. Charming frog on the stone is looked amazingly and quality of the image in every respect is outstanding. Bravo and all my compliments.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-11-05 10:20]

Merhaba Monika,
Bu ne kadar sevimli bir kare. Yansımasıyla birlikte enfes bir kurbağa karesi olmuş. Detaylar mükemmel. Elinize sağlık.


Ciao Monika,
splendida immagine, eccellenti POV, DOF e composizione con il bellissimo riflesso, straordinaria definizione dei dettagli, magnifici i colori e fantastica luce.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-11-05 16:06]

Hola Moica.
Beautiful and lovely photo. We dont have frogs here You see becose I live in semidesert areas, but they looks very nice.
You did a grat work in this fine photo.
I also have a daughter and her name is like Yours. Monica in Spanish.

Czesc Monika
Powrot w wielkim stylu! Piekne eleganckie, zdjecie. Podoba mi sie punkt widzenia, piekne odbicie w wodzie i ladne rozmyte tlo. Nie ma czego krytykowac ;-) Czekam na kolejne super fotki

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-11-07 11:06]

Czesc Monika
ڞasne, nadherne nemém slov.Pro jistotu: Excellent,gorgeous,nothing to critique.
Regards Jiří.

Monika , udalo Ci sie nie tylko znakomicie poakzac piekny okaz zaby ale i uzyskac efektowne wodne refleksy .



Hi Monika,
Great work this one, as well as all the others of Your posts on TN. Just want to say- well done and keep posting... hope You don't mind if I 'take' You to my favourites:)

Hello Monika,
I don't know whether frogs are so easy to photograph:-).
This 'reflection' is actually a very good photograph especially in terms of POV and DOF.
Well done overall!

Hi Monica,
welcome back, it's nice to see you again,you have been missed.
It's a well composed picture with lovely and natural colour. The low POV and reflection is very good.
Well done, mf.

Hi Monika,
you are back with a big booom bang ...
Wow - what a shot, I love these golden eyes and the reflection in the water, excellent work my dear.
And I'm happy to have you back here - I also can't be without TN, and I don't have time to be here every day - but from time to time - it's wonderful, bye and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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