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Copyright: Vinny Blood (Vinster) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 5 N: 185] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-25
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM, SanDisk Ducati 8GB
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-10 14:19
Viewed: 3480
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was taking a shot of what I think is a Marsh Frog (Pelophylax ridibundus). As I clicked the shutter another one decided to leap over it and I ended up with this very lucky action shot!

I am not 100% on the species - in the UK there are three closely related Pelophylax - only one is native the other two are introduced. They are all variable in coloration and can hybridise, hence my caution on the identification.

The shot has been cropped and sharpened. I used a macro lens and had to lie flat and hold my arms out over the pond to get close enough. I was very nervous dangling about £3k's worth of camera gear over the water!

Kind Regards

Vinny www.vincentblood.com

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really a stylish shot. thank you for sharing

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-11-12 20:49]
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Hi Vinny

I found this one in the "Uncritiqued" basket and thought it deserved some attention. You mention the words "lucky action shot" and so it is, but it does seem to be a pity that the one thing you did (and rightly so) to improve the DOF, by selecting f/13 aperture, actually cost you on shutter speed which could have frozen (or at least somewhat sharpened) the leap froging (eh…well) frog. The rest of the details are sharp and well captured. The colours are well defined and natural and the composition is fine as it gave the jumping amphibian sufficient space to leap into to upper parts of the frame. However, it might have bumped its head against the reeds.

Well done and TFS.

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