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Mexican tree frog (Smilisca baudinii)

Mexican tree frog (Smilisca baudinii)
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-08-03
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-09-21 19:38
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One thing I was really looking forward to photographing while in Nicaragua was one of the tree frogs which sang every night in my daughters back yard.

Traci would call us on Skype and literally take her computer outside to let us listen to the neat sounds of the frogs just outside her living room window. She actually never got to see one, because they always shut up when she tried to get close. The sounds they made were like no other frog noises that I had ever heard here in Ohio. I couldn't wait to get a shot!!!

Unfortunately I believe the frogs must have heard that I was coming with my camera, because they never made a sound the entire week we were there. I went out every night with camera and flash in hand just waiting for that first note, but it was dead silence.

I was really bummed out even though we had a great time visiting and getting to see and photograph a new land. I had visions of what these elusive frogs looked like, but time was running out fast.

It was our last night in Nicaragua as we were sitting in Traci's living room, when all of a sudden we heard a low croak. We looked out in the darkness and unbelievably this tiny frog was sticking to the glass window pane of her sliding door. I immediately ran to the bedroom to get my camera and flash and here is the end result.

My "Mission Was Accomplished" at last!!!

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Amazing picture Ron with a beautiful story.
It was sticking to the glass window pane for you.
the angle of view and the colour is so perfect that you can not alter it.
with regards,

Ciao Ron, great capture of fantastic frog, beautiful blurry BG, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Ciao Ron
這照的清晰 用玻璃做底部 可以看的很清楚
構圖美麗 背景巧思

Hello Ron,
I am glad you got the lucky break that you were hoping for. And what a fabulous image. The colours and definition are amazing and I enjoyed your note. Best wishes.

Hallo Ron
What a superb capture!This little tree frog looks absolutely fantastic! The focus is impecable and the colours are splendid.
Also great point of view, sharpness and overall presentation. I am just as happy for you that your mission was accomplished. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-09-22 2:43]

Hello Ron.
This frog is great! A wonderful close-up of him in this fantastic position. Good colors and good details. I love the eye, legs and feet.Regards Siggi

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-09-22 4:55]
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hello Ron,
Your story sounds like a little miracle... patience will be rewarded very often:-)
Great shot of this cute little frog, the glass of the window was the best BG. Beautiful square framing and decentred composition and what I like over all, subtle fine colours.
Thanks a lot

Hello Ron,
Nice capture of an interesting pose with fine details and lovely colours.TFS.

Wonderful colors that this frog is displaying that you've captured with sharpness. I enjoy the POV as well and glad you finally heard him croak!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-09-22 11:12]
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Hi Ron,fantastic capture of this frog that seems walk in the nothing,a very original capture very rare to see,it's nice to create new emotions on TN after a thousand and thousand pics!!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Super shot with very interesting details. Great sharpness, excellent details and a nice POV make it a great composition overall. TFS
Best regards

Hello Mr.Ron,
Beautiful pose of this Frog.Details of colour on its body really attractive.Well captured.Light is really good to me which helps to comes out details.
Thanks for sharing such attractive specie,
Regards and have a nice time,

hallo Ron
super good sharpness and great details
i like this composition with the beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-09-22 23:57]

Great picture of this "tree frog" with out the tree! I think it is great, excellent sharpnes and light to enjoy every detail of the frog. Congratulation. SAludos

Great !!!!! my congratulations for this shot.
best regards

Hello Ron
Great macro of this beautiful frog.Impressive sharpness,colours and clarity.Congrats!
Thank You.
Best wishes

Fantastic photo Ron! The composition, the framing, the colors and the sharpness gor one more time are excellent!!

Very well done indeed dear Ron! Impredsive details perfect DOF and wonderful colours.


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-09-26 10:59]

Hi Ron,
Excellent portrait of a beautiful tree frog.
Perfect sharpness details and amazing colors.
Very good composition.
Regards Jiri.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-09-26 11:09]

Hello Ron,
Wonderful to see such a lovely frog on a glass window.
Great photo in excellent sharpness and very beautiful colours. Attractive pose and composition. Taken from the best POV.

A fantastic capture of pretty Mexican tree frog, with wonderful details, exposure and DOF with f/13. Dorso-lateral aspect great for POV. I like your technique.
Thanks for sharing this beauty Ron. All the best

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-10-02 2:55]

Hello Ron
this is really wonderful as much a s the story you told. Exciting view of the frog in great details and colours. The frog looks like it is floating. Nice job and you have such a wonderful shot in there too.
Patience awards you.


Hi Ron,
You know the proverb "only the good photographer has luck". :-) Clear capture with great management of flashlight, excellent exposure. Plus of course the smoothiest background ever. :-) And the jewel on the crowwn: finally an interesting note written by the photographer and not copied from wikipedia. Minimalistic yet very effective shot. Huge congratulations.
Best regards, László

And blessed you indeed ARE!! Patience is a virtue and you have cultivated it pristinely!!! AWESOME!! Love this little guy with perfect distinctive colors and definition with an interesting backdrop!! OK how did you get this??? :)

Hello Ron
Wonderful photo, great to see this lovely frog. Excellent photo, very good detail, nice background, good light and focus
regards yiannis

Ron, sorry for getting to this masterpiece of a picture rather late. Thank God that I did!
First of all, your story reads well. I too would have felt the same way. But you turned lucky eventually, and how!
This is the best Frog picture I've seen in my life and I thank you for sharing this remarkable picture with us.
The cute little fellow appears to be suspended in void and looks just adorable.

Hello Ron,
I mist some of your photos...but this tree frog looks fantastic. What a luck to catch it on glass....Exceptional details, colors and focus.

Hi Ron,
As you haven't updated your posting, I have to view your previous posts, and I found this frog in a strange pose. Before I read your note, I thought this frog must have been on a window pane. I found I was right when reading the last paragraph of your story. Outstanding capture with perfect focus and clarity, wonderful natural colors, and superb compositiion. Great work, Ron. Thanks and regards!

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  • kabel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 0 N: 95] (552)
  • [2013-12-29 8:01]

Hello, it almost looks like he is jumping into the air until one looks at his finger pads. Excellent close up with beautiful sharpness.
Good timing,

Hello Ron

The window glass being completely blurred with the frog superbly focused
is rendering the photo more beautiful, with your POV obtaining the frog's
glance and eye-contact, and with its pose dynamism to the image, TFS


Outstanding picture here Ron, with superb sharpness and detail, all on the last night in Nicaragua, excellent work and very well done,

Best Regards,


Great frog, funny story!!
Very good portrait of this frog, splendid colors
and the glass window works excellent as background!


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