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Mating Toads!

Mating Toads!
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-04
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro + 1.4x Converter, Digital ISO-200, Kood 72mm UV filter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals Sex Life [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-26 3:58
Viewed: 3644
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I went on a walk around my local lakes a few weeks ago and was having quite a boring time until I heard a "Croooooaaaaaaaaak!". I looked down just before I was about to step on this pair of mating toads! After I'd finished photographing them they just hopped off :-)

I hope you like it!

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Hi My friend Joe:)
Lovely shot of these mating toads (Bufo bufo) in embracing (in scientific statements: amplexus) with superb DOF, lighting and composition. The dwarf male seems to be tired :-).
Have a nice weekend!

PS. A surprise is waiting for you :p

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-04-26 4:53]

Hello Dear Joey, I smiled once more at your picture, who but Joey would bring us this picture?!!! It is very well captured with great sharpness and dof, the colours are superb and it is most interesting. We started hearing the toads last night. It was their first night of chorus here! There is a lot of longing in their voices as they haven't been mating for a looooong time! Thanks,


P/S Isn't it funny, my comment is in italic!!!

great pic, TFS Ori

Hi Joe,
A lovely capture of this toad couple in mating scene. Excellent details, timing and well composed. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hello joe,
fine capture of the mating toads, excellent details captured, the dof is lovely and the colors are well saturated, you have used the sigma 180 to great advantage,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Joe,
Very good point of view. I like it. Fill in isn't too much too.
Content is great as well as the mating moment of course.
Well done

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-26 8:16]

Hi Joe.
Excellent use of so long macro lens system. I like your superb flash work, wonderful lowest POV and wide DOF. You managed to fill up in focus all heavy construction (two busy animals). Sharpness is terrific and smooth impressive BG is fine too. My compliments and TFS.

I don't remember this...Jane and I have been married for 43 years now..We had 7 children and none of this comes to mind:-) Jane is ill at the moment and my humour is slightly askance...I shall improve as she does. We are soul mates and when something is wring with her...it is with me as well...cheerio DotOrg.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-04-26 9:12]

hi Joe,
je dirait même "love attitude" ! c'est trop migon, même si le sujet n'est pas des plus esthétique qui soit. Magnifique POV, avec une netteté bien gérée sur l'ensemble.

well done

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-26 9:20]

Hi Joe,

You never cease to amaze me with the marvelous subjects you come upon to shoot. Mating Toads - who would expect to see that? And what a fantastic shot of them. Pure Joe - everything is perfect in this shot. Wonder what you'll find on your next walk.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-26 9:50]

Hola Joe.
Beautiful moment You catch here My friend.Very interesting document.
Exellent details in all the image. Great camera, lens and flsh use.
Saludos Joe.

Ha! A fine pair in the height of an amplexus Joe, the male looks quite spent but the female is still expectant. The lateral POV shows the pair in great detail and all around focus, the colours quite natural. Thanks for sharing this macro-scene my friend.

Hi Joe
Very good photograph.
The sharpness is excellent. We can see the details of the toad's skin. And the background unifrom and soft - just perfect.
Thanks fro sharing

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-26 14:23]

Hi Joe

Great shot - excellent low POV with wonderful detail and lighting.


Very well timed capture Joe. Stunning image in superb sharpness and clarity. Well muted background and I like it. Thanks for sharing. Jusni

Hi Joe, that's great!, splendid composition with wonderful couple in love, fantastic details and perfect focus, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-04-27 1:18]

Hi Joe,
Very nice close-up capture of this action image:). TFS.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-27 7:55]

Hello Joe, Where on the earth you manage to get these shots. Excellent situation and lovely composition. Ganesh

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-04-28 5:06]

hello joe
lucky day for you; wonderful capture and nice pose
i like composition, POV, DOF, light, colours and sharpness

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2008-04-28 9:38]

Bonjour mon ami,
Joe, what are you looking at ? Amazing and funny shot !
The "+++" : composition, nice couple, POV, sharpness, DOF, blurred BG, light & exposure, warm colors...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations and thanks for sharing,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-29 10:21]

Hello Joe

This is a classic.
The focus is spot on with wonderful sharpness.
The colours are rich and well saturated.
The textures of the skin are excellent,and the eyes are superb.
Great job.


Hello again Joey,
Wonderful control of the flash exposure on these tangled toads in the amplexus mode, the side profile shows these humpers off very well. You could create a book on Kama Sutra for toads and with as many toads there are in the world you would be rich...er... I mean wealthy with all the flies they paid you with. TFS
Cheers little Buddy,
Paul :)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-29 20:22]

Hello Joe,
Those toads like their women big, she must be twice his size. Another outstanding image with the great quality we have come to expect from you. Fantastic work Joe, thanks for sharing.

Hi Joe,
Nice sharp lines. And I add your work to my theme "animals' Sex Life "toads work actually quite hard. I have observed in the evenings females walking/hopping long distances with the partner on their back.

I am not sure, if he is worn out, or if she wants to take him home :-)

Thanks for sharing
Greetings from South Africa

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