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Quite rare these days. There are three or four large common frogs in my father in law's garden pond. Quite a large pond but covered with a string mesh to keep the Heron at bay. The water snail was an extra. Camera on monopod as no room for tripod and inserted through one of several feed holes in mesh near pond edge. Some work with dodge tool but more with burn tool to reduce reflection of the net and deal with some lightening of the water surface due to light angle.

Smart sharpen. Several bubbles and pond rubbish cloned out. Auto focus with focus lock.

Bright sun, so compensation -1/3. EOS 7D with 150mm EX Sigma Macro and Sigma Ring flash used as fill. Aperture priority f14 and 1/125 sec. ISO100. Monopod helped with low shutter speed.

Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG APO HSM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Common Frog.
Username:paulbroad paulbroad
Uploaded:27 May 2013 - 9:10 AM
Tags:Close, Frog, Nature., Pets / captive animals, Pond
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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
27 May 2013 - 11:25 AM

Lovely shot!
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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
27 May 2013 - 12:32 PM

Good one, lovely rich tones with good detail.
I'm not 100% on the composition and have done two mods to think about. I like your original but for me the flipped cropped image concentrates the eye on the splendid head detail. See what others think,
Ian

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iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
27 May 2013 - 12:36 PM

I've done a third mod, original cropped. This one is best for me. Of course part of frog is missing which might be important depending on use of picture.
Your original was fine.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom872 Constructive Critique Points
27 May 2013 - 1:21 PM

Take your point on composition, Ian. Presented like this, as I think you guessed to retain the full detail of the frog for library use. The purchaser can then crop as they wish. I do agree that a better composition for general viewing is much tighter.

Mod 2 for me.

Paul

Last Modified By paulbroad at 27 May 2013 - 1:22 PM

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xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2013 - 10:40 PM

Beautiful shot, wonderful colour,light and detail. Prefer original. Eye movement is form left to right, so the leg stretched out towards right is more comfortable to view; Cropping lost a bit of frog's leg.

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