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Bufo americanus
Bufo americanus

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Wildlife (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Huntley Meadows Park, Virginia
Date: Oct 2, 2004
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Oct 3, 2004

Eastern American Toad found at Huntley Meadows Park in Virginia. Found him under a log. It was still a little chilly and he was acting sluggish and a very good model. I propped him up on a shard of log and started shooting away...

Shot using Canon EOS 300D with a Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

Adjusted levels
Darkened and blurred background
Added a little more blue and cyan to the entire image
Bumped up color saturation somewhat
Burned a few hotspots
Unsharp mask

Place: 7 out of 160
Avg (all users): 6.9848
Avg (commenters): 8.6296
Avg (participants): 6.7475
Avg (non-participants): 7.2245
Views since voting: 1769
Views during voting: 336
Votes: 197
Comments: 36
Favorites: 4 (view)

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10/11/2004 06:47:27 PM
Thanks everyone! I spent about 3 hours in the rain, crawling through mud to get ths shot of this silly toad...

Nice catch Gatorguy...It was chilly and he was pretty much a perfect model...letting me put him wherever and staying for a while. I hope I didn't stress him too much...he calmly hopped back under his log when I put him back so I think he was ok with the whole ordeal... :~)

10/11/2004 02:45:50 PM
Love toads - love this! Flawless image.
10/11/2004 10:06:58 AM
10/11/2004 12:09:13 AM
Congratulations on your 7th placing. This image is out of site. A great addition to any port.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/10/2004 11:12:11 PM
Nice shot. I like the warm color, the sharpness and the shallow dof. One of my top picks.
10/10/2004 11:03:13 PM
Great shot! I really like the position of all of the elements of this photo. It's very appealing to the eye. I think this would be better if it weren't quite so dark, but it's still a great shot. (And you have to love the expression on this guy's face!)
10/10/2004 02:21:34 PM
very cool, nice find
10/10/2004 01:25:54 PM
could do with a better title.
10/09/2004 10:47:58 PM
Great expression on the frog's face. Good texture in the wood and the frog's skin. I think this could be brought out even more if there was more light . 9
10/09/2004 02:10:37 PM
What a great little pose!! Wonderful textures and colors in this shot. DOF is spot on. Nice job, bumped to an 8
10/08/2004 11:09:48 AM
Terrific in every way

Returning for additional comments: The one thing that bothers me is that this wouldn't usually be a natural position for an American toad - being terrestrial in nature. Did you find him like this, and if not how did you get him to stay there? The way the belly skin is up over the wood suggests that it was placed there from above. I still like the photo though and am giving it a 10
10/07/2004 11:42:10 PM
I like this. Excellent expression, light, and composition. Good luck in the challenge.
10/06/2004 11:45:45 PM
great capture. one of my top picks for the challenge. i think i would like it more if the closer, blurry piece of wood was cropped out (i think losing that would not take away from the image).
10/06/2004 08:31:02 PM
Haha, man, what an awesome pose that is. Nice composition and depth of field. 8.
10/06/2004 05:06:30 PM
Really nice, I just feel it doesn't need that tree in the background. Lovely clarity though :-)
10/06/2004 01:53:19 PM
great composition, great texture, very creative and technically spot on; my favorite in this challenge; bump to 10; congratulations.
10/05/2004 09:33:22 PM
Now that's a wild frog :-)

I like the composition and detail in the stump he's on. Posed or not, the expression is priceless. Top 10 shot! -danny
10/05/2004 08:18:59 PM
That pose is fantastic! I love the brownish tones throughout. Excellent submission.
10/05/2004 07:47:22 PM
Wonderful composition. Great natural colors. One of the best in this challenge.
10/05/2004 05:48:17 PM
:) Didnt know these are climbers. Interesting moment and attracting colors. One of top pictures i suspect.
10/05/2004 12:59:50 PM
Hahaha, I love it! Great color and details, high five!!! I mean, 10 :)
10/05/2004 06:53:55 AM
Great light, DoF and subject. Well done. 9 - floyd
10/04/2004 09:40:02 PM
I like everything about this photograph. The composition, the color, the dof. Very well done!
10/04/2004 03:10:53 PM
Wonderful! Straight out of Wind in the WIllows - I can just see him in his roadster!
10/04/2004 01:19:22 PM
Great subject and pose. The DOF and focus are also very good.

Well done.
10/04/2004 09:03:08 AM
Funny pose - did you kiss it?
Everything is good.
10/04/2004 09:00:14 AM
should be top 3
10/04/2004 07:45:56 AM
how did you get him to pose for you like that... ;-) great shot!
10/04/2004 06:37:56 AM
Meets the challenge very well. I like the subject and how the photo was composed.
10/04/2004 06:15:04 AM
A possible top 5 I'd say, excellent compostion, great subject and well executed. The background is a tad too bright for me (takes away focus on the subject) 10
10/04/2004 02:34:16 AM
Absolutely love it! Great subject ( what a little Prince! ), perfect composition, wonderful focus and detail and stunning color. Congratulations!
10/04/2004 02:25:08 AM
This is great
10/04/2004 01:17:02 AM
Very well composed, in addition to everything else :)
10/04/2004 12:42:54 AM

Message edited by author 2005-07-12 08:25:53.
10/04/2004 12:26:38 AM
Excellent personality in this shot - You're going to win a ribbon with this one.
10/04/2004 12:07:19 AM
excellent capture... i love the composition and the 'look' of this frog... great work :)

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