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Rhacophorus malabaricus

Rhacophorus malabaricus
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Copyright: Smitha Komath (smitha) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-21
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Nikon D200, 300mm AF-S F4 Nikkor
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Frogs and Toads, Gems from India part 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-28 10:37
Viewed: 5347
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Friends,
This is the picture of Rhacophorus malabaricus or Malabar Flying Frog.It is a species of frog endemic to the Western Ghats of India. It is a type of tree frog. It is an arboreal species of tropical moist evergreen forest, deciduous forest, secondary (disturbed) forest and coffee plantations. It is present in the lower canopy and understorey levels of the forest.It is a green and yellow frog with orange webbing.The male is smaller than the female.They breed during the Monsoon season. The female gets attracted by the calls emitted by the males and when approached it is grasped by the male. For spawning, the female along with the male on her back chooses a leaf of a tree branch overhanging ponds or streams.The female covers the foam using other leaves. The foam itself acts as an adhesive. upon hatching the tadpoles fall into the water.
The picture was taken a few days back when one of our neighbors, Mr. Andu brought me the frog to photograph. It seems he found it in a place few miles away from our place. Since he knows my area of interest , he was kind enough to bring it to me. I took some shots before it finally got fed up of playing a model and decided to give a big leap onto the nearby tree and was gone in seconds.
The picture was taken by
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens:300mm AF S Nikkor + TC 14 E
Speed :1/60
F stop : F 9
Mode: aperture priority
ISO: 200
Tripod: yes.
The photo was taken in RAW , later converted to JPEG .

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-09-28 10:45]

Hi Smitha
great compo and sharpness spot on the eye
good bg, nice details on the skin

Hello Smitha,
Beautiful image. Great content.
Well composed.
Nice weekend!

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-09-28 10:47]

great picture.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-28 10:49]

Hi Smitha
Excellent composition.Good POV and nice colors.I like all the details we can see and also I like the BG blur.
TFS Michel

Hi Smitha,

That is a very beautiful image Smitha. Very clear natural colors. Fine details. Good POV and BG. A little bit out of focus by the legs. But nevermind. Anyway a splendid photo. Interesting notes. Regards and TFS Bob

Smitha, Excellent catch. Looks so good with its diagonal composition. The sharpness is very good and tha background is very good too.
- Murali Santhanam

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-28 12:11]

Hello Smitha,
Great sharpness, colours and composition. Fantastic BG and composition.
TFS, Peter

Hello Smitha,
great exposure and focus!
perfect sharpness, natural colour and details
well composed and well seen

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-28 12:19]

Hello Smitha,
Terrific capture of this interesting Flying Frog that I can't recall having seen before. I like its pose here hanging on the branch and details are very sharp. Interesting texture of the skin and fine green colour. I like the soft background too and the composition is excellent. Very informative note too.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-28 12:23]

Hi Smitha. Fantastic shot of the Frog. good use of the light to give natural colours. with fine detail. sharp focusing. and a nice POV. well done TFS. good notes too.

Have a good weekend.

Hi Smitha,
Magnificent capture of this short time visitor!
I like so much the pose and the composition choice.
It's so good the rich texture seen on its skin, and also their inner structure.
It seems to have a very long back legs!
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-09-28 13:27]

Hola Smitha. Exelente foto. Muy hermosos los colores y la alta definicion en esta foto. TFS. Saludos Luis52.

good job in all ways!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-28 14:04]

Hola amiga,
original pose,
perfecta compo y agradable color y bg...

Hi Smitha,nice picture well composed with verry good colours.Well done

hello smitha,
what a fine shot, the image is sharp with good details specially of the skins, the dof is very good, nice oof bg, lovely natural colours, liked the pov and the composition too,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Smitha,
A good climber!
Action is well captured, superb colours & details...
Composition is appealing, great macro work!
Pablo -

Hello Smitha.

This is very interesting to watch..
Never attempted to see such details in nature..for which am regretting now. A good attempt in getting such a beautifull image, sharp in details and has the composition done well. The story behing this shot is also interesting.

BRAVO, dear friend.
Waiting for the next surprise from Kodanad.
Enjoy the WE :)

jean paul

Hi Smitha,
I very much like the composition, the colors work well together. The lighter background brings attention to the head and eyes of the frog. Great sharpness. Another beautiful photo from you! TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-29 2:38]

Hello Smitha,
a stunning capture of this frog.
+++ Very good sharpness showing every detail in its body. Perfect focusing and DOF. Brilliant composition. Good colours.
--- Nothing :)
Well done,

Hi Smitha!
How have you been?
This is a superb capture of a green frog clinging to a tree.
Very sharp details and wonderful natural colours.
Thanks and take care.

Hello friend
Very intersting spiece to shoot :o)
Great focuimg,BG and lighting,Superb shot.

Good Luck

Beautifull shot Smitha the exposure looks spot on and light nice and diffused lovely skin textures tfs rgds Necip.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-29 11:32]

Hello Smitha, what a wonderful capture you got there. Nice subject in a good environment, very sharp image, well composed and exposed. Well done,


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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-09-29 14:43]

Wonderfull shot Smitha. I like the composition, great sharpness and DOF.TFS

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-29 20:23]

Hi Smitha,
It seems you are very popular in your neighbourhood and people appreciate your amazing talent as a photographer as much as we do here. This is an outstanding presentation with such sharp details and lovely colours. Superb lighting and exposure and the BG looks great. Excellent POV to portray this fabulous pose and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-29 20:33]

Smith, Fantastic and really beauty. Lovely bG with the green frog. Oh boy superb. Ganesh (I will bring more damselfly but you are coming earlier than me so please bring this specie for me. (I expect you in November). Ganesh

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  • kessi Gold Star Critiquer [C: 80 W: 5 N: 74] (221)
  • [2007-09-30 0:48]

Hello Smitha,
wonderful greens on that frog....well focused on the eye.....interesting to see the webbing on his legs and feet which obviously helps him to glide.
Great picture.


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-09-30 1:34]

Fantastic pose,with excellent details!!TFS!

Hi Smitha,
Where have you been all these days. Hope you are fine. A nice capture of this beautiful frog. Shy we in Orissa don't find this species. Lovely composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Smitha!
Nice picture with good colors and fine sharpness.I like your point of view and the psoitioning of the frog.


A very nice shot of a not beutiful creature


Une belle position bien acrobatique. Texture remarquable de la peau.
Bonne journée.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-04 12:24]

Hi Smitha

This is one charming little tree frog!
I really love seeing all those beautiful colors and those great textures of its skin like that. You really captured it in a terrific pose, too.
The composition is also wonderful, with plenty of room in the direction it is looking at, so a big congratulations for this photo is in order!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Smitha,
An excellent capture of the little frog with outstanding comp, color, detail and exposure. Very well done.


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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-10-05 14:49]

Hi Smitha,
First time I see this frog! EXCELLENT FOCUS AND DETAILS!!! Beautiful colours AND LOVELY POSE of your subject. Very nice BG.


Hi Smitha,
Beautiful capture, the pose of this frog is really attractive.
Rhacophorus is a beautiful genus, I like the slenderness of its entire physical body and the horizontal slit eyes. Well done.

Paul :)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-10-10 10:48]

Hi Smitha

Wonderful pose captured in your frog. Perfect sharpness, DOF and POV. Lovely natural colours as well



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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-10-25 10:58]

Wonderful shot Smitha , great sharpnes pose the green colours bg pov details very good job ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-11-11 3:56]

selam Smitha
well close-up working on this interesting and endemic amphibian
i like composition, point of view, blurred background, lighting, colours, sharpness and details
thanks for sharing

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-26 7:19]

Hello Smitha, I found this magnificent shot whilst browsing. What a cracker, it made me hold my breath. It is a very fine shot of this lovely frog. Your composition and eposure is excellent, the frog is beautiful. Best exposure, light, detail, colours and texture. wonderful shot.

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