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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-11
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/7.8
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Frogs and Toads, Amphibians of Europe, Amphibians (Amphibia), Herpetofauna of Greece [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-01 12:47
Viewed: 5833
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
When today I saw a picture of small toad taken by Dietrich (meyerd) I started to think that maybe it is time for some amphibian presentation. And here it is :>

This is a baby frog of Rana dalmatina Fitzinger, 1838 known also as Agile Frog, Spring Frog. This specimen has some 2cm. This is one of 8 European "brown frogs".

"Brown frogs" can be recognized from "green frogs" not only because of colours (as names suggest...) - because colours ar not always contant. The main feature is lack of white strip of the back which is present in "green frogs" :>

The are 8 species of "brown frogs" in Europe:
1. Rana dalmatina (seen here :>)
2. Rana graeca (see: here and here)
3. Rana temporaria (see here)
4. Rana arvalis
5. Rana iberica
6. Rana italica
7. Rana pyrenaica
8. Rana latastei

Among all these frog species Rana dalmatina is known as real champion in long distance jumps - adults can jump even some 1.8-2m! This is some 20 times more than its body lenght! :>

R. dalmatina is a species with mainly Balcan distribution, noted also from some localities in Central Europe and even from Southern Sweden; known from NW Turkey too.

As always I would be very grateful for your comments to this picture! :>

eqshannon, boreocypriensis, siggi, rousettus, red45, Kaszek, aes_thor, buscape, Jamesp, haraprasan, cloud, Heaven, lousat, Dis. Ac., anel, cataclysta, Alex99, meyerd has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To meyerd: frog pictures :)cicindela 1 09-07 08:28
To Kaszek: workshopcicindela 2 09-03 13:06
To red45: swiatlocicindela 1 09-01 14:17
To boreocypriensis: in Turkish fauna too!cicindela 1 09-01 14:12
To Argus: Distribution :)cicindela 1 09-01 14:10
To eqshannon: philosophy and science :>cicindela 2 09-01 13:25
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My comments? Good shot...I like the darkness of it...very much so..it borderlines on entering another time...a strange way to describe an image, but it is almost a symbolic image as if it belonged in a Gothic fairy tale...and yet it is true nature...or is it? How far does science go in your mind before it remembers that science was born from Philosophy back in Greek times! Great shot and gives me much pause for thought!

Hi My friend Radek, great shot of this baby Agile frog which is also found in Turkey (Turkish Thrace and northern parts of Anatolia). It is realy best jumper frog because its hind legs very long amongst the all brown frogs [the length of tibio-tarsal joint extends beyond the tip of the head:>]. Great details on the skin with its characteristic features my friend! Well done!
Greetings from Izmir:>


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-01 13:19]
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Hello Radomir,
A great capture of a young Agile Frog, species that we have in the very South of Sweden. Excellent POV, pose, sharpness and skillful use of flash to illuminate the subject without making the BG too dark.
Nice one, and thanks for sharing it,
Regards from Agile Frog country,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-09-01 13:58]
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Czesc Radek!

Bardzo przyjemny plazik dzisiaj :-) Ladnie sie swieci, poza tez tradycyjna ale fotogeniczna. Troszke ciemne zdjecie Ci wyszlo, ale ogolnie bardzo mi sie podoba.

Czesc Radek!
Ladna zaba. Wlasciwie zabka ;) Super ostrosc, dobrze skomponowane. Moze troche przyciemne (w workshopie troche je "poprawilem"), ale i tak wszystkie detale widoczne. Jak zwykle swietna notka!

Hello Radomir,
Bayram already wrote that it occurs also in Turkish Thrace and North Anatolia. We also have another brown frogs or mountain frogs: R. camerani, R. macrocnemis, R. m. holtzi (sometimes as R. holtzi) too. This is best one among them, with superb colors. You also captured it with a great macro. Sharp details, POV and composition great. good informative notes. TFS, best wishes my friend

Czesc Radomir,
bardzo ladne ujecie, super kompozycja, naturalne ciemne swiatlo i kolory dodaja uroku. Ladnie wygladaja refleksy swiatla na wilgotnej skorze zabki, wyglada jakby zaraz miala wyskoczyc z kadru. Well done!


Hello Radomir,
wonderful picture of this little frog.
Good sharpness and splendid details. Great composition.
Thanks for sharing

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-01 23:08]

Hi Rado

Great view of this frog - excellent detail amd pose. I particularly like the way that you have captured the glistening skin.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-02 0:26]

Hallo Radomir,
Jest naprawde w pozycji krotko przed skokiem.Tutaj doskonale uchwycona w naturalnym srodowisku jeszcze jest mokra.Naturalne kolory i doskonala ostrosc.

hi Radek,
A nice capture of this beautiful frog. I am amazed about the distance it covers jumping WOW!. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-02 2:29]

Hi Radomir,
you have caught the slippery/slimey skin of this wonderfully marked Toad really well. Excellent detail and well composed. As always, a very comprehensive note yoo, well done!

Nice composition with good light and colours. Well done.
Best wishes,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-09-02 4:49]

Witaj Radku,
Wspaniale sie prezentuje, chociaz na moim monitorze jest przyciemne. Poza i ten kamien stanowia zgrabna calosc.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-02 4:50]

What a lovely image of this cute frog :-)
Excellent composition and pose.
Like Bob said, I really like the darkness of it, it gives the photo a great atmosphere.
Superb detail and sharpness.
Great DOF.

Well done,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-02 6:48]

Hello Radomir,
What a splendid view of this beautiful Brown Frog in a lovely pose. Very sharp details and I really like the light and the colours. Very nicely composed too.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-09-02 12:50]

Hi Radomir!

Are you going to start a friendly competition with Dietrich like Horia and Grzegorz?


Well, I like this cute little guy very much. You have put him very well on stage in a natural environment and the lighting is superb. I also appreciate the interesting notes.

Kind regards


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-02 13:22]

Hi Rado,very impressive macro,top quality and nice and interesting baby frog,i like a lot the reflection on the body!! Fantastic work,thanks to show us this curiuos beauty,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Radomir,

A very good shot of this little frog.
Good of sharpness with lots of details.


Hello Radomir,

Beautiful and well-composed picture of this frog. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. I like very much the colours and the shine of the animal.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-03 4:46]

Hello radomir,
Very cute little baby frog, which at firstI didn't notice, because it was hidden in the dark of the thumbnail :-). But I have to say that it is a real beauty with the golden reflections on the skin and the eyes. And an agile jumper too ..a lot of advantages for life!
Have a nice afternoon

Czesc Radziu
Ladna, taka smukla ta zabka. Jak zwykle switna fotka, dobra ostrosc, konpozycja, moe leciutko za ciemna

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-09-03 11:05]

Hi Radomir.
Once more fantastic image of a cute animal. I do not know what is the best: frog or BG. Wonderful soft BG. I almost can feel its velvetness. Image of the frog and stone stage are amazing in all respects too. POV and framing also are the best. Bravo. Perfect shot taken with love to nature and highest skill.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-03 20:13]

A very nice shot of this frog Radomir, good pose and composition, and a strong technique!


Ciao Radomir, great capure of beautiful frog, wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Radomir, again,

yes, that's it, a really typical picture for R. dalmatina. The pig eyes, the long hind legs. Its excellent to have left the picture a little on the dark side as is, that makes the pigment cells on the snout stand out. In turn, your picture series encourages me to send another amphibian shot, as usual from my garden pond and therefore not of any rare species.

By the way: R. dalmatina used to be known in Switzerland from only two sites back in 1980, but today at least 38 wide apart sites are known. My interpretation is that people back in the eighties did'nt know how to distinguish the species. Pictures like yours go a long way to promote knowledge!

Best regards

wonderful picture of this little frog.

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