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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-19
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, SanDisk Ultra II 1GB, Hama sky 1A (LA+10) (IV) 58mm
Exposure: f/29.0, 1/80 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-19 16:10
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I can do frogs, too. *g*
i was lucky and found this one in the cellar at my
parents house - i set it free, but only after a couple

I thought it may be a Common Frog, Rana temporaria,
but i am grateful for any help on the ID.

The Common Frog is also known as the European Common
Frog or European Common Brown Frog is found throughout
much of Europe as far east as the Urals, except for
most of Iberia, southern Italy, and the southern
Balkans. It has been introduced to Ireland.
The skin colour ranges between
green and brown and adults can grow to 10cm.
(This one was about 3 cm.)

The Common Frog can be distinguished from the Common
toad by the skin which is smoother and is moist, the
rear legs are longer and the feet more prominently
webbed. Frogs move by hopping whereas toads more often

The adult common frog eats insects and small
invertebrates such as earthworms and slugs which they
catch with a long sticky tongue. Over winter they
hibernate in the mud on the bottom of ponds.

Common frogs breed in shallow, still, fresh water such
as ponds, with breeding commencing in March. The
adults congregate in the ponds, where the males
compete for females. The courtship ritual involves
croaking, and a successful male grasps the female
under the forelegs. During the mating season the males
can be recognised by a darkened swelling, the nuptial
pad on their 'thumbs'. The females, which are
generally larger than the males, lay up to 4000 eggs
which float in large clusters.


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Bonne netteté lumičre et composition. Les gouttes d'eau donnent un joli effet.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-06-19 16:26]

Hi Thorsten ! This is really a wonderful shot ! Excellent sharpness and details. Wonderful colors, vivid but natural. POV, BG and DOF are perfect, and I love these water droplets, they are fantastic. Very well done !

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-06-19 16:44]

Hi Thor,

A nice frog you captured,the colors are great and I love the waterdrops,well done and TFS,


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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-06-19 16:59]

Piękne zdjęcie, żaba jak żywa. Świetne kolory i ostrość, dobrze rozmyte tło.

Great compo, detail and light for this capture Thorsten. Very nice indeed, well done.

  • takos1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 25 N: 208] (2607)
  • [2006-06-19 17:33]

Senz'altro una foto stupenda!
Ciao Franco

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  • cosmln Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 201 W: 12 N: 493] (1952)
  • [2006-06-19 17:41]

hi Thor,

a very big WOW.
de DOF is so deep.... and all that water... i like a lot.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-06-19 19:15]
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Hi Thorsten
You made this "common" frog look very special. Its brown colours almost took on a golden hue. It is just a pity a frog can't smile for the camera (chuckle). That big colourful eye with the highlight is magnificent.
The composition is great while the crystal like water droplets creates a lovely play of light and the colours are stunning. The DOF is a wow and it goes on forever with fabulous details. The amazing BG is well removed and it compliments the frog very well while your fill-in flash and exposure was perfectly managed.
Very well done and TFS.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-06-19 20:11]

Wow, this is a fantastic shot, Thor.
Love the pose of the frog up on his front legs. Rather unusual.
Excellent focus and exposure. The colors are beautiful,
and the drops of water really add to the picture.
Congratulations and TFs. : )

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-06-19 22:24]

Bonjour Thorsten!

Félicitations pour cette belle composition,tiut est parfait.
Merci pour l'envoie.

Perfect capture of this beautiful frog the details and colors are fantastic results of the perfect flash settings. Way to go Thor. :)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-20 1:22]

What a wonderful shot that you have very well done ! I like its pose and the droplets. Composition, colors, exposure, DOF and sharpness are very good. Instructive note...
Bravo Thorsen and thanks for sharing.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-06-20 2:26]

Hi Thorsten!
Very proud pose :-) I like details - frog's body, water droplets, eyes. Very nice, 'swamp' colours.

Hi Thor, nice frog here.
The details are super especially on the waterdropps!
Really sharp and colorfull.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-20 4:16]
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Hi Thor,
Superb shot of this frog. Perfect POV and framing. Your flash control is perfect here, no flash artifacts anywhere that I can see. Excellent details on the Frog (and the water drops!), great colours and exposure.

Do you manually adjust the flash levels or let the camera do the work?

Great shot.

Hi Thorsten

Wow.... this is an excellent shot. Great use of the flash. Love the water drops. Congrats!

Hallo Thorsten,
das ist der Schuß des Jahres, oder?
Wow, so ein toller Frosch, die Augen sind aus Gold, oder? Und die funkelnden Tropfen überall, wie Diamanten. Sehr wertvoll, dieses Arrangement ;-) Vielen Dank und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Great capture Thorsten,
Good detail, colours and very sharp. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-06-21 3:51]

So this is a Common Frog - he looks good and I bet he was happy to be freed from the cellar. 3cm is only small, so he is still a young one. Good sharpness and colours Thor, and his details are all so clear to see. Well done, thank you,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-21 13:06]

Hallo Thorsten,
du hast den Froschkoenig erwischt, mit all seinen Perlen und Juwelen. Klasse Aufnahem, die Farben und Details sind Spitze. Klasse Bildgestaltung.
Gruss.. Sky

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-21 17:00]

Hi Thor, nice frog you have captured in more ways than one. Excellent details, lighting and colours. I also like the droplets of water surrounding the frog. Very well composed and TFS.

Hello Thor,

It seems that you are very good at doing great picture with common animals. After the fly, the frog. Here the water drops really add to the scene.

Hello Thorsten,
Really a beautiful and well taken photo. Has perfect illumination, colours, details, focus, BG.
Congratulations and thanks.

PD: enjoy the last 2 games in Köln, Do you have tickets?


Absolutely excellent Lighting in your pic. The composition, POV & DOF, Sharpness of the subject and water droplets are all great. TFS,

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-06-24 2:46]

excellent shot! wonderful colors, great focus, exposure, dof. the drops of water improves the visual impact very well. tfs

Hi Thorsten,
Excellent shot.
Great details, sharp and colors.
Well done!
TFS Malgosia

Hi Thorsten ,
I think, It's a perfect portret.
Composition, colors, POV and sharpness are wonderfull.


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-06-25 3:59]

Hi Thorsten
I think he gives you a pose and you captured perfectly. Great colours, sharpnes, details, light, DOF and POV. Also good note and BG.
Well done my friend


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-06-30 3:00]

Hi Thorsten.
In Russian folklore there is a fairy tale about princess-frog in which the usual frog turns into a princess. Your frog without any transformation is already a princess. A brilliant photo with great colours, DOF, POV and sharpness. Looses of brilliants (droplets of water) in a wonderful manner decorate it.
Excellent job, TFS.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-07-05 22:24]

Hi Thorsten.
Wonderful capture, excellent ligth ,sharpness,colors, contrast, details and composition, very nice pose and point of view.Good and complet note.


A really nice picture. Wonderful close-up! The frog looks so lively and the droplets of water are also clearly visible. Great shot!

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