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Indonesian Toad

Indonesian Toad
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Copyright: Benyamin Lakitan (blakitan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1039 W: 71 N: 1332] (5517)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: sony A100, Sony 100 mm F2.8 Macro, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-31 1:14
Viewed: 5986
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Toad (Bufo sp)

They have in common a stocky figure and short legs, which makes them poor jumpers. As with all members of the toad family Bufonidae, they lack a tail, they lack teeth and they have horizontal pupils. Their dry skin is thick and warty.

Behind their eyes, Bufo species have a wartlike structure, the parotoid glands. These glands distinguish the true toads from all other tailless amphibians. They secrete a fat, white poisonous substance which acts as a deterrent to predators. Ordinary handling of toads is not dangerous (and it certainly does not cause warts!). The venom of most if not all toads contains bufotoxin; the venom of the Sonoran Desert Toad, Bufo alvarius, is a potent hallucinogen containing 5-MeO-DMT and bufotenin. The venom's psychoactive effects is said to have been known to Precolumbian Native Americans.

Toads can also inflate their bodies when threatened. Males are usually smaller than females. Male toads also possess the organ of Bidder, an incomplete ovary. The adult males of many species show a dark throat.

Two species are found in the British Isles: the Common Toad (Bufo bufo), and the Natterjack Toad, (Bufo calamita). The former is found almost everywhere. The Natterjack, which differs in its shorter limbs with nearly free toes (which are so short that the toad never hops but proceeds in a running gait) and in usually possessing orange/red warts, green eyes & a pale yellow line along the middle of the back, is local in England, the south-west of Scotland, and the west of Ireland. It is further remarkable for the very loud croak of the males, produced by a large vocal bladder on the throat which, when inflated, is larger than the head.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-31 1:25]

Hello Ben,
Striking close-up shot of a toad with good POV showing the poisonous parotid glands. This is sharp and well presented.
I hope someone on TN can give you the ID: Bufo perhaps?
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi Benyamin

What an interesting looking character. I like his bright coloured knobbly skin. Looks like the light was harsh, but you have managed it well. TFS.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-31 1:43]

Hello Benyamin,
Wonderful close up.I liked POV,framing,blurred BG,sharpness,DOF and composition a lot.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-01-31 1:50]
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Hi Ben,
haha, what a monster! I have seen some really big toads around...is this also a big one?
Nice you have a forground and background in the picture. Gives a good idea of depth.
Nice image!

Hello Ben,
Superb details in this impressive fellow!
Well framed and very pleasant close-up work!
Pablo -

Hey Benny, nice shot, great light and details.

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  • xramm (37)
  • [2007-01-31 3:41]

Hi Benyamin
Our toad has very bright colors. Good work. TFS

Salaam Benyamin,

This Bufo looks like a buffoon and bulldog all at once ;) I pity any fly or bee that gets too close! Great close-up, excellenty detail and nice to saee a natural habitat that isn'ty all blurred out. Well done, salamat, Jay

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-31 3:50]

Hi Ben.
Excellent composition and very exactly selected DOF (f-number). I like your low POV, cropping, nice detailed image of frog and richness of colour palette. The lighting is expressive too. My best regards and TFS.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-31 4:25]

Hola Beyamin, magnífico retrato, los colores y la textura son originales, buenos detalles... saludos

Hi dear Benyamin ,
excellent focus and great colors.
great BG,
very well work.
thanks and regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-31 5:22]

Hello Ben,
Wow, that's a spotty monster! Great close-up showing sharp details of his skin and nice colour. Excellent composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Benyamin,
Great capture and beautiful colors.
The details,POV and sharpness are amazing.
Great job.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-31 5:54]

Hi Ben

What a great capture and photo of this interesting toad!
The textures and glands on the skin are so well visible and the contrast is excellent.
Also the colors are charming and the POV exceptional.
Nice blurred BG, too, and i also like the pose and the look of the amphibian.
Great work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-31 7:30]

Una difícil captura Ben bien resuelta en este caso con luminosidad para mostrarnos los detalles y texturas de este sapo tan vistoso.
Me gusta el bajo punto de vista captado con apropiado encuadre y un excelente DOF brindando foco y difusión del OOF además.
Muy buen post procesado para la presentación.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

A difficult capture very resolved Ben in this case with brightness to show us the details and textures of this so showy toad.
I like the low point of view captured with appropriate framing and excellent DOF offering focus and diffusion of OOF also.
Very good post processed for the presentation.
Thank you and regards... Ricardo

Hello ben

Excllent colors Bg POV DOF Perfect details very crisp nicly composed and capture photo excllent work

TFS Kyle

Muy buenas Benyamin
Una foto muy bonita de este impresionante sapo, y buena explicación la que nos comentas.
Un saludo.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-31 11:47]

Hi Banyamin.
Well sharp very close-up.I like point of view,nice composition and amazing colours.Details on front side frog are great.Very good managed DOF and you perfect isolate of this frog from blurry background.
Well done,nice work!TFS.
Best greetings Milos

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-01-31 12:28]

Hello Benyamin,

What a nice picture of this toad! Even under the hard sun (white a little bit OE, the colors looks very natural! Details on the skin is very remarkable also! Excellent pov with a nice bg... Great job and TFS,


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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-01-31 12:38]

Hi Ben,
What a weird toad this is :)
I think you done a great job under harsh light.
Nice details and point of view.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-31 16:31]

Hi Benyamin,
Quite a rare toad! Great details and very interesting note.
TFS, José M.

Interesting looking creature, good detail, well taken.


Hi Ben
Excellente macro,l'éclairage est parfait et les détails très bon. Félicitation pour les belles couleur et le Bg.

Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-31 22:36]

Hello Benyamin

A very good photo of this toad.The DOF and POV are very good.The details and textures are very good.Well composed.A very interesting post.TFS


Belle photo,de ce batracien,les couleurs sont superbes,les détails sont bien nets. Amitiés Thomas

Remarkable macro, Ben.
You seem to have mastered your Sony Alfa very well now.
Super point of view, sharpness and colours.
Even a toad can look glamorous if shot with that kind of attention :-)!
TFS and take care.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-02-01 13:54]

Wow ,Fantastic capture what a beast ,great sharpnes details colours light very nice bg ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-01 17:40]

Hello Benyamin,
wow he looks well fed ;-), but not to happy about getting a picture taken. Love the POV, hope you did not get to close to those poisonous glands. Very good detail and the sharpness is excellent.
Very well done.

Hello Benyamin!
Twoja zabka jest sloneczna, pieknie oswietlona. ostra i ladnie ubarwiona.
Gratuluje i bardzo serdecznie pozdrawiam - Roma

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-02-04 16:23]
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Hi Ben

What in incredible frog showing its poisonous warts with exceptional clarity. The excellent DOF really show us the frog with razor shard details on most of its body. It is a fine looking composition with stunning colours and spot-on exposure.

Well done and TFS.

PS. Sorry for the quickie, but time is in terrible short supply this weekend.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-02-05 16:44]

HI Ben!
Ugly fellow but excelent portrait of him.Well focused, good pov, and details and interestng color, toads here are mostly green.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-07 10:21]

Wow! What an impressive toad! Nevertheless in spite of fat and with a warty skin it has a likeable face.
You've made an excellent capture, with wonderful sharpness, dof, colors and composition.
My compliments and best wishes

Hi Ben,

Looking interesting.


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-02-20 20:22]

Benyamin, excellent pov and saturation. I like pov a lot too.

Besides, great sharpness.

An excellent job.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-03-08 21:32]

Hi Ben. This is a very colourful toad which i have never seen before. Guess it leaves in an area with similar coloured plants? Excellent clarity and presentation. TFS. Murray.

Nice closeup of your friend there. Colours are great. Looks a tad over exposed in the bright areas though. Have you tried stepping down the exposure ?

Good shot, Ben! I would have preferred to take his photo away from grass though. Bufo melanostictus, Asian Common Toad.

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