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frog on the web

frog on the web
Photo Information
Copyright: Graeme Swarts (swarg) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 13 W: 3 N: 21] (373)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-16
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5600, Cokin filter (many types)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-17 8:42
Viewed: 4555
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 36
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I was taking some shots of this tiny rain frog when it jumped and got tangled in a spiders web. This gave me the once in a life time opportunity to get this shot. Moments later the frog moved and freed itself from the web.

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Very interesting photo. You've done very good job. Congratulations. Good sharpness and background.
Thanks for sharing.

Wow, Graeme, you got a spectacular shot. Greetings to the RSA from Canada. I look forward to being back there soon.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-17 9:23]

Hi Graeme,
Original climber frog. Very good pov, light and pose!
TFS, Jos M.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-12-17 11:02]

Hi Graeme,
Absolutely amazing shot, so special and vivid. Kind of picture you have the chance to take once in your life. Excellent composition too.
Best regards

bonjour et bienvenu sur TN
etonnante resistance dans le fil de la toile.c'est un moment ephemere que vous a vez parfaitement s capturer.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-17 12:09]

That is indeed a once-in-a-lifetime shot, very rare and amazing.
I can't believe that the spider web can hold the weight of the frog.
Great reflex on your part. I am sure that the window of opportunity was very small.
Wonderful POV and pose.
TFS. : )

Hello Graeme,
Interesting, amazing, rare, very good!

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-12-17 15:19]

Hello Greame,
what a moment you captured here. Fantastic pose of the frog. Well done, Jacob

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-12-17 16:17]

Hi Graeme

Fanatastic shot of this great looking Frog, very nice composition and a great POV, I love the pose with him Hanging onto the Spiders Web, especially his little toe curled around one of the strands, superb details and excellent colours that are perfectly complimented by the black BG.

TFS Hilary :o)

Amazing! This just goes to show how incredibly strong spider silk really is. Great capture, Graeme!

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  • swart (125)
  • [2006-12-18 4:15]

Nice shot Dad


excellent capture. Unique moment.
Excellent light despite use of flash.
Very detailed and threads of the web crisp clear.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-12-18 12:29]

Hello Graeme,

WOW! Incredible picture of a frog maintained by a spider web!!! You had to be at the good place at the good moment but still, you had to be very quick on the camera button!!! I'm very impressed as the frog did not stay like that for long!!! That give us also a good idea of the robustness of a spider orb! Great picture and TFS,


Wow, what an amazing photo-opportunity! I am amazed at the strength of the silk strand!
2 points for being in the right place at the right time!

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  • Bones (0)
  • [2006-12-22 2:14]

Hi Graeme

You where very fortunate to be at the right place at the right time.
Amazing how strong the web is, to hold that tiny frog. I have seen a snake caught in spiders web, the spider ate its fill for a couple of days and eventualy the snake died (On TV). You might have seen it on as well.


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-12-24 7:18]

Wow, this is an excellent picture. Perfect pose, sharp details and great colors. Well done & TFS!


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-29 2:59]

Hi Graeme

A truly magnificent shot showing very interesting frog behaviour and the super strength of a spider web. Well seen and captured. Talk about being at the right place on the right time.

I really like your composition with the acrobatic frog hanging on for dear life, but he would probably be better of to let go (for dear life) before Mr. (or Ms.) Spider appears on the scene. (The other day they showed a video on 50/50 about a spider that was busy eating a house snake, bit-by-bit, so a little froggy should not pose too much problems for a hungry arachnid.) The colour saturation is good, the details are sharp and well covered by the range of the DOF, the dark BG is stunning as it enhanced the frog very well, and the exposure was absolutely spot-on.

Excellent work and TFS.


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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2007-03-21 8:35]

good photo

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