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a baby toad for George

a baby toad for George
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-08
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-14 12:02
Viewed: 2483
Points: 16
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i found this baby toad few days back.. in my 'treasure island'. this is an American Toad (Bufo americanus), but not sure about the sub-species. could be an Eastern American Toad (B. a. americanus) or a Dwarf American Toad (B. a. charlesmithi).
if you ask my opinion, i would like to vote for the second one.

this kiddie was of the size (shape too) of a cashew nut. and was soooo cute! appearance-wise and behaviour-wise, both.

i was heading towards the pond for some dragonflies, when found this baby coming in the reverse direction. it had seen/ sensed my presence i guess, and had stopped for a while. was trying to judge my destination/ intention :)

i found this baby extremely adorable and had to take a photograph. but it had hidden behind a small log. even the tiny grasses were big for it :)

somehow, i managed some shots. this reddish-brown against the lively green of wet grasses was very appealing. the baby was in hurry. it came out and kept on moving along its scheduled direction; i.e., towards the grassland. i wanted this kid along the opposite direction, so that i could shoot it against the muddy background (for sake of better DoF). but the baby had no intention to go back to that direction, even though i was standing against its way. only a young can have this much courage and curiosity.
i didn't force. nor i touched by any means. i always had given my photography a second preference compared to the well-being and freedom of the wildlife around me. i don't believe in disturbing the subject's normal life for sake of a better photography. i would love to call myself a Nature-lover, instead of a Nature-photographer.

i loved that morning. this baby had made my day. the astonishment in its eyes... that drop of dew (or rain?) it was carrying as a 'bindi' on its forehead... lovely!

am really very happy to share this photograph with all of you. i never knew that toads/ frogs could be so cute! it was my first shot on a toad/ frog...
a new field of interest has just taken birth :)

PS: i would like to dedicate this post to my friend, George Veltchev . he is the person who has taught me how to 'rescue' a photograph from its natural drawbacks. all shots can't be politically correct. it doesn't mean either you throw away that photograph, or carry on with the odds. editing is not a crime. i believe, it's an art. it is 'rescuing' the moment you had loved but had not come perfect due to some reasons beyond control.
George, if you were not there, i would have posted this same photograph of my this beloved baby toad with lots of yellow & red colour-casts. and the size of the photograph would have been very small to satisfy TN's prescribed format.
thanks buddy. hope i get to learn more from you :)

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To mwmod99: :)rubyfantacy 1 08-17 20:17
To ramthakur: bindaas macro? :Drubyfantacy 1 08-16 21:08
To Miss_Piggy: thanks Annarubyfantacy 1 08-16 21:01
To drchoneydew: for Georgerubyfantacy 1 08-16 20:58
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Hallo Ruby
What a lovely image, not only of the baby frog but of all the additionals in the scenery too. I very much like the water droplets on the grass, the beautiful, natural sunlight, the close to the eye point of view and the pleasant composition. The colour of the frog's eye is truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Your note helped in admiring your picture better, Ruby. That droplet as 'bindi' on the snout of the cute little Frog amused me a great deal.
It's a bindaas macro, considering that the Frog is the size of a cashew nut.
I'm particularly impressed by those details on the under-belly of the subject.
Though I wouldn't be too obsessed with the 'color-cast' issue since much depends on the monitors on which a picture is edited or viewed, I'm pleased to note that you have gained a deeper insight into this aspect of photography under the guidance of George.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-08-15 6:27]

Hello Ruby,
Very cute, indeed and well photographed too, especially if we think that it didn't remain still. Yes, these animals can be cute too and they are very photogenic.
Lovely natural shot, charming with the dew-drops in the grass. Keep photographing with enthousiasm.
Kind regards

I just LOVE THIS!!! Your note especially and just LOOK at all those tiny dewdrops and the one on his NOSE..oh ADORABLE. This macro is pure excellence, the Cannon powershot works well for you :0) OH and i see this is for GEORGE..wonder if he's seen it yet..lol!!!

hello Ruby
very nice picture
great sharpness and good details
i like the colours to
thanks greetng lou

Hi Ruby

Nice early morning capture from a well chosen POV. The pose is very suggestive of its typical rocking motion and yes these colours do look natural and pleasing on the eyes.

Thank you dear Ruby ...I am truly I touched, and to be honest I just saw this warmhearted dedication a minute ago! WOW ...thank you! In my opinion, I really believe that even the most ordinary photo has the potential to become an art, specially if you recognize the most valuable points in it. I mean ...the photograph is an unique and only capture of that moment in time ...never to be repeated again, so with a bit of care, I know so much more can be achieved! That's why I love the workshops. Even if we move from the reality sometimes that way we can bring so much more attention to the subject, just like the workshop I made with your gorgeous woodpecker ...remember;) Photoshop is an amazing tool, and when you learn it then you’ll discover the wonderful world of Photography one more time.
Your frog is cool Ruby ( a baby toad for George ..he he cool indeed )..truly... Thank you one more time for your lovely dedication!

George Veltchev

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  • Diya Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 25] (190)
  • [2012-08-17 21:15]

Hey! The frog luks awsome but im more attracted to the prominent dewdrop.So neat!
Nice click -diya

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