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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: 2009-08-08
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/8
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Frogs and Toads, Amphibians of Türkiye (Turkey), Amphibians (Amphibia) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-26 12:11
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear Friends!
I hope that lst days were very special for all of you and that you spent this period with only happy moments :>

Today a female of Levantine Frog known also as Levant Water Frog - Rana bedriagae Camerano, 1882.
Detailed presentation of this species was done earlier by Bayram (boreocypriensis) (who also confirmed identification of this speicies) so here only a few basic facts :>

Levantine Frog:
- is one of the biggest Mediterrranean frogs (and also amphibians from Anura group of this region). It can be as huge as 8cm in males, and 15cm in females. Specimen from this picture was almost as huge as my hand and has weight about 300g!!!

- it is distributed in East Mediterranean region, including Turkey, Syria, Edypt, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Cyprus, it was also introduced to Malta.

- it is typical aquatic frog, inhabits lakes, pools or slowly flowing streams (on the bank of such small river this individual was found)

- it is rather common (or at least - not rare) in most regions it occurs, but it is placed in LC category in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

The picture was taken during night, about 15 km N from Baklan. The frog was atracted by my car light, and after some 15 minutes of escaping (this is very mobile creature!) - finally I took this image :>.
If you are interested in any other of my amphibian pictures, please feel free to look here :>

As this is a "Turkish" frog, I would like to dedicate this image to our very good friend and well known Turkish herpetologist - Mehmet (matatur).

nglen, matatur, maurydv, montivipera, tuslaw, eng55, horias, hansh, Alex99, uleko, marianas has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To ingridshaul: a new things :>cicindela 1 12-26 15:00
To matatur: Thank you! :)cicindela 1 12-26 14:56
To nglen: thank you!cicindela 1 12-26 14:51
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-26 12:15]
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Hi Radomir . For a picture taken at night this has come out so well with the use of the flash. Taken with fine detail and sharp focusing. You have been able to capture he green markings with fine detail. Well taken TFs.

All the best for 2010 for you and your family.

  • matatur Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1054 W: 245 N: 1626] (5312)
  • [2009-12-26 12:31]
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Merhaba Radomir,
This is such a good gift and a real nice surprise so near to a new decade of the present millenium my friend, a splendid representation of a Levantine Frog from my own country!, captured perfectly with some help from a flash illumination in fine focus and characteristic posture. Thank you indeed for your kind dedication my friend, may God give you best of everything in the coming New Year!
Best regards from Izmir,
P.S.: sorry for the lack of smileys MF, just run out of them...

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-26 12:40]

Witaj Radomir,
Splendid fotografowania. Wspaniałe makro.
Mam nadzieję, że otrzymała wiele pięknych prezentów. Wesołych Świąt.
Wspaniały wieczór,

Dear Radomir
You are a very brave man to run around at night - I would be afraid to walk on a snake!! On top of all you did that - loaded with tripod, camera, flash etc etc.

No wonder - our partners think we are crazy - and we drive them banana :))

I always look up the location before I write a critique and saw, that Denizli - Bakla are nearly due east of Ilzmir, and it appears to be a wonderful place for climbing (it also advertises the "Dry Bean Festival").

Is that gravel stuck to the underside of the frog??

I notice also, that the animal has webs between the toes on the backlegs.

In this part of the world (NE of South Africa)most frogs are without, I guess this is due to the very dry climate and lack of lakes, rivers etc.

I like very much your straight forward presentation and the natural colours. You did very well exposure and focus in these difficult conditions.

My best wishes for you and your family - especially GOOD HEALTH!

Kind regards

Hello Radomir,
fantastic capture of the Levantine Frog, superb sharpness, good exposure with beautiful colours, excellent POV, DOF and composition.
My best wishes
Ciao Maurizio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-26 15:26]

Hi Rado,not easy to find and not easy to take,your work at the best to shoe us this impressive frog.Top quality of sharpness and colors and very interesting note too! Thanka for share,i wish you all the best for these days...Luciano

Hi Radomir,
Very nice shot and kind dedication.
Best Regards, Nasit

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-26 18:08]

Hello Radomir, and "Merry Christmas"
A super shot of this unusually patterned and colored frog, I have never seen one like it before. The detail is super fine and the exposure is right on the money. Very informative notes! Well done!!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-26 23:46]

Hi Radomir,
Beautiful capture of this water frog.POV,details and natural colors are perfect.Have a nice sunday!
Thanks for posting..

Ciao Radomir, fantastic portrait of beautiful frog, great details and excellent sharpness, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-27 1:54]

What a great capture this GOLIATH AMONG FROGS!
Great sharp details and wonderful colors.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-12-27 2:07]

Hello Radomir.

Impressive catch of this giant.
I think it is a high level of performance to make such a picture in the circomstances you were.
Perfet of sharpness and you have used the light in a metter that the colors are very well to see.
Very well done and thank you for sharing it.

Gr. Hans

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-27 2:15]

Hello Raomir,
Great photo of this frog. Beautiful colours with the use of flash. Excellent sharpness, details and POV.
The best wishes for 2010 to you and your family,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-27 7:24]

Hi Radomir.
With your stunning shot really makes our Holidays perfect. Incredible picture of the beautiful frog. Its details are reproduced fantastically. Shooting distance (I feel that I can touch it If I would like) is amazing as well as POV and composition of the image. My compliments and best wishes for rest days of old year.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-27 7:49]

Hello Radomir,
A brilliant close-up of this beautiful Levantain frog in a fine pose. Fantastic details and colours brought out by the flash.
An interesting note too!
Many thanks and all the best wishes for the coming year! Ulla

hello Radomir
a BEAUTY of a Frog
great details and good sharpness with nice light
great shot
greeting lou

Wonderful frog!
Very sharp details, great colors!

Great frog, great picture. WEll done.

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