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Too close for comfort!

Too close for comfort!
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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: 2007-04-10
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, Digital ISO-80
Exposure: f/2.7, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): F r o g s [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-19 3:04
Viewed: 4318
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this a while back last year when we had a swarm of frogs, froglets, tadpoles and frogspawn!
Frogs are one of my favourite subjects to shoot seeing as you can get so close to them!

I hope you like this one!

The Common Frog, Rana temporaria also known as the European Common Frog or European Common Brown Frog is found throughout much of Europe as far north as the Arctic Circle and as far east as the Urals, except for most of Iberia, southern Italy, and the southern Balkans. The furthest west it can be found is Ireland, where it was introduced.

Adult Common Frogs have a body length of between six and nine centimetres and their backs and flanks vary in colour, with olive green grey-brown, brown, olive-brown, grey, yellowish or rufous possible. However, Common Frogs are known to be able to lighten and darken their skin in order to match their surroundings. It is also not unknown for more unusual colouration- both black and red individuals have been found in Scotland, and Common Frogs have been known to turn blue in the mating season. Additionally, albino Common Frogs have been found with yellow skin and red eyes.

Common Frogs' flanks, limbs and backs are covered with irregular dark blotches and they usually sport a chevron-shaped spot on the back of their neck. Unlike other amphibians, Common Frogs generally lack a middorsal band, and when they have one, it is comparatively faint. The frogs' underbellies are white or yellow (occasionally more orange in females) and can be speckled with brown or orange.

Common Frogs have relatively short hind legs and possess webbed feet. Their eyes are brown with transparent horizontal pupils, and they have transparent inner eyelids to protect their eyes while underwater, as well as a 'mask' which covers their eyes and eardrums.

Males are distinguishable from females due to hard swellings (called nuptial pads) on their first finger. These are used for gripping females during mating. Also, during the mating season, males' throats often turn bluish. Males also possess paired vocal sacs, which the females lack. A final differentiation can be the colour- during the mating season, males are generally light and greyish in colour, where as the female is browner, or even red.

Although sometimes confused with the Common Toad, with which it often shares its habitat, the Common Frog is distinct in that it is larger, as well as hopping, as opposed to the toad's habit of walking.
Additionally, Common Frogs have a sharper snout, and smooth skin, compared to the toad's more warty skin. Finally, toads lack dark patches behind the eye often seen on Common Frogs.

The Common Frog is found throughout much of Europe as far north as the Arctic Circle and as far east as the Urals, except for most of Iberia, southern Italy, and the southern Balkans. A full list of the countries in which the Common Frog can be found is Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The Common Frog can also be found in Ireland; and is the only frog found there. However it is not a native species, and was introduced to the country, a date or reason for which is not known. Other areas which the Common Frog has been introduced to include the Isle of Lewis, the Shetland Islands and the Orkney Islands.

Although not feeding throughout the breeding season, adult Common Frogs will feed on any invertebrate of a suitable size. Favourites include insects, (especially flies) snails, slugs and worms. The frogs hunt catch these animals by catching them on their long, sticky tongues. The diets of Common Frogs change significantly throughout their lives; whereas the oldest frogs will feed only on land, younger frogs will also feed in the water. Tadpoles are mostly herbivores, feeding on algae, detritus and some plants, although will also eat other animals in small amounts.

Common frogs are active almost all of the year, only hibernating when it gets very cold and the water and earth are consistently frozen. In the British Isles, common frogs typically hibernate from late October to January. They will re-emerge as early as February if conditions are favourable, and migrate to bodies of water such as garden ponds. Where conditions are harsher, such as in the Alps, they emerge as late as early June. Common frogs hibernate in running waters, muddy burrows and can hibernate in layers of decaying leaves and mud at the bottom of ponds. The fact that they can breathe through their skins allows them to stay underwater for much longer periods of time when they are hibernating.

Common frogs breed in shallow, still, fresh water such as ponds, with breeding commencing in March. The adults congregate in the ponds, where the males compete for females. The courtship ritual involves croaking, and a successful male grasps the female under the forelegs. During the mating season the males can be recognised by a darkened swelling, the nuptial pad on their 'thumbs'. The females, which are generally larger than the males, lay up to 4000 eggs which float in large clusters.


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Hello Joe,
Nice compo and low POV.
Very sharp eyes.

Hello Joe!
Beautiful frog! Good POV and composition! Wonderful colors and detils!
TFS, Best regards, Zorica

Hi Joe, amazing portrait with splendid colors and wonderful details, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Joe,

Very good close-up. Good focus on the eyes. Nice natural colours.

hi joe
very good picture and interesting note
i like details on this frog
and the colors
i like the bg and the dof
aleks ;-)

Lol ... he looks worried! Nice image Joe

Hello Joe,
Very nice close-up. Beautiful face to face shot. POV and composition are great.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-19 5:24]

Hello Joe,
Excellent colours and low POV. Very nice details. Good composition and BG.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-19 5:43]

Hi Joe,
You couldn't get much closer could you! Great capture of this Common Frog with sharp details and fine colours. Great focus on the eyes. Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-19 5:48]

Hello Joe,
Great composition, point of view and focus on this nice nose to nosecloseup of this fly eater. The colors and details you have achieved are superb, thank you for sharing Joe.

Common frog eh? Must be something that little boys are made of...as in the ancient poem my mother used to read me..If it is a part of Americana then forgive me..but I think it may be a universal poem...Very good image which pops both in thumbnail as well as larger...Cool use of DOF...Well done my man!

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-01-19 6:58]

Hi Joe

Superb close up shot, I like the way you you have the Frog in the center of the frame as it works so well with their bulging eyes and wide mouths, good detail capturing the wetness of the Frog and great colours too.

TFS Hil :o)

A beautiful frontal portrait Joe, the selective DOF rendered the BG nicely OOF while keeping the face and those biiig eyes sharply in focus, good job and TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-19 8:56]

Hi Joe.
Just such frog gifted me my image on its eye at my shot "4 in 1". Amazing model and perfect POV. Excellent rich colours and great DOF (despite the open aperture). Composition is perfect and so impressive too. Well done and my greetings.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-19 9:34]

Hi Joe,

I've never looked into a frog's eyes before! A wonderful macro with good colors and details.


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2008-01-19 10:08]

marvelous head Joe,
this is realy close, very good details and good sharp photo, nice to look at and fine pjhotojob, fantastic note, I like it.
gr. jaap

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-19 12:09]

Hello Joe,
This is what the princess saw before she kissed the prince! She saw him sharply, closely and from an excellent POV with good lighting and colours.
Nice close-up of a Frog, Joe!
And thanks for sharing it,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-19 17:37]

Hi Joey, terrific shot! It is stunning, so close. The first thing I thought when I saw it is that you should illustrate biology books, go and meet publishers of school books... this picture is amazing, not only is it well exposed, sharp, colourful but the eye contact, the expression of the frog, it is lovely. And it even wears a little necklace of weed. Thanks!


When I first looked through your gallery, it was the frog photos that you took in the beginning that captured my attention. And there is our frog friend again.
Great POV! Wonderfully sharp and creatively composed.

Hi Joe,
Un close-up ultra bien réussi, les couleurs et les détails sont magnifiques.

Wonderfully sharp and close. Nice POV.

Hallo Joey
One jump and this frog will land on my desk. A lovely close up with sharp details. Focus is spot on. I wonder what will happen if this frog will open its mouth? Do you think it will display a pair of oversized dentures? I think its mouth is big enough to have room for a pair. I like the huge black eyes. I am also looking forward to take a photo of a frog, but they are very scarce or rarely visible in our area. A very special photo. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Dear Joe,
You really got here a BIG frog, and I add it to my theme " F r o g s "

These eyes are, what little children's nightmares are made off. I like the dark coloring and tight cropping, emphasizing the "danger". :-)

Thanks for sharing,
Warm greetings from the Tzaneen Dam in Limpopo, South Africa

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