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Living jewel

Living jewel
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Copyright: Albert Herbigneaux (albert) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 421 W: 12 N: 670] (2971)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-29
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Nikon D200 with MB-200, Nikon 105mm F2.8 "G" ED/IF VR macro
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-01 3:31
Viewed: 6154
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common Name: Malagasy Mantella, Painted Mantella.
Scientific Name: Mantella madagascariensis.
Distribution: Eastern Madagascar.
Size: 2.5cm.
Sexing: At first it is quite difficult to determine the sex of these frogs, the most reliable way is if the males can be heard making a cricket like chirp, calling for a mate or to mark its territory. Females do tend to have a more rounded body shape but this is not always reliable.
Colouration: The Malagasy Mantella is the most variably coloured Mantella species. The dorsum of these frogs is often black, with yellow to lime-green sides and forelimbs. The hind limbs can be either orange, brown or red reticulated with black stripes or spots, and the head may also be black, orange or brown.
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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-11-01 3:38]
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Hello Albert,
a nice discovery presented to us. In spite of its strong colours, the specimen appears camouflaged
probably due to the specific colour distribution and pattern.
You focused precisely on the body as canbe seen by the fine and detailed surface structures.
Depth of field, however, could be slightly broader to increase sharpness of the legs.
Beste wishes, Peter

amazing coloration ,TFS Ori

A finely executed close up of this colorful, little frog Albert, a well exposed image in sharp focus and excellent detail my friend. I think an aperture of f/5.6 would widen the DOF enough to render the legs in good focus though...

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-01 4:32]

Hello Albert,
Impressive frog in these colours. A nice contribution to TN. Good sharpness. Beautiful in its natural surroundings.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-11-01 4:58]

Hello Albert, perfect macro of this Madagascar tree frog with great colours. I think it is a poisonous species.
TFS and G's,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-11-01 10:01]

Hi Albert,

A great capture of this colorfull frog,not so common on TN,a jewel indee,tfs this unique capture,


discover the beauty of nature and the ability to blend or impress, as this wonderful post that shows us where the frog to impress the color of the skin.
thanks Albert

greetings sERGIO

Hi Albert, an impressive macro capture of this beautifully coloured frog. The wonderful colours indicate that its skin is poisonous indeed. Is it? Perfectly composed and focused. The details on the skin perfect.
TFS this great shot. Have a nice Sunday!


Hallo Albert,
Ik dacht eerder aan Latijns-Amerika zoals 't amazonegebied waar je van die kleine fel gekleurde kikkers kunt vinden en dus niet in Madagaskar? Komen daar veel soorten voor en zijn ze gemakkelijk te spotten. Waarschijnlijk wel:-). Zijn ze 'common'?
Goed gedaan.

At 2.5cm, it is a really very small frog, Albert.
But it is like a jewel alright; look at those bold and rich colours on it.
I would treat it as a macro shot of a very high quality.
Well done and regards.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-11-02 23:21]

No THAT is a colorful little frog, Albert.
He is indeed a gem.
Your excellent focus and exposure show him off at his best.
Your POV lets us appreciate the colors and patterns throughout his body.
Great job and TFS. : )

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-03 0:19]

Hi Albert

This is indeed a jewel! What a nice find!
I think it's a great feeling for a European to actually find something like this in the wild in his/her travels :)

This is an excellent shot, focusing very well on the vibrant colors and contrast of this Mantella.
The way it stands out from the surroundings in quite remarkable and with such a color palette, predators there should know to be aware.
The details of your shot are excellent, the texture of the skin of the frog is very well rendered and the DOF used is well chosen.

Bravo and TFS

amazing animal! nice colours and composition!

I would never have thought a frog could have such amazing colors and pattern. It is one thing to hav a good eye and to spot this little guy... and another thing to be ready with the camera. You did both well. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Evelynn : )

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-04 13:17]

En effet Albert, un vrai bijou! Quels belles couleurs et quelle image bien piquée! Bravo et merci!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-05 8:11]

Hello Albert,
What a great contribution to TN! This must be new. You present this small frog, the Malagasy Mantella from a fine POV with pretty good sharpness against the dead leaves to show us the features. It seems to combine both camouflage and warning colouration, which may indicate unpalatabilty.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,
Best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-06 1:24]

Hello Albert,
I love frogs and this one is fantastic! You're lucky to be able to capture such a beauty! I like its pose here and details are very clear and the colours of the markings stunning! Well done!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

bonjour Albert

très belle image de cette grenouille, comme je l'ai écrit
dans ma critique précédente, grâce à TN on découvre
beaucoup de choses et de créature à travers le mode,

excellent POV et cadrage, belle « warm » luminosité,
excellente netteté et détails, j'aimes la couleurs
de ces pattes, TFS


Hi Albert

I saw some colourful frogs when I was in Central America, but nothing like this. What an amazing species, surely a new one for TN. I certainly haven't seen it before.
Great composition and good sharpness. TFS


hello Albert

the collors !!
very nice foto
i like the picture very wel

hy,this is just wonderful very sharp colores of deathly colores

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