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Found this toad in my garden yesterday - so took a few shots of him. Most of the shots were very messy as he was hiding in the grass. so, i have cropped this one right down to the eye.
It was interesting to see my reflection in his eye!
I think I'd prefer to see a slightly wider DOF but it's an interesting shot - and an interesting self portrait!
Interesting way to do a self portrait!
Great makro shot. Fab detail.
excellent detail, great close up
Not thats a close up! I swear I can see you kneeling down for the shot in his eye! Spot On! Click!!!
Brilliant close ups, nice self-reflection.
nice one click
thanks folks for your encouraging comments. Had i felt comfortable in moving the grass away from him a little bit, i might have got a better full view shot - but didn't want him to jump away! And also i think my cats had caught this, cos he was first lying flat on the grass - so took cats in and left him for a bit. then went back for the photo shoot - but he was tucked up in the corner of the grass by a flower pot!
Greg you are quite right - i am in his eyes. Do ya think i should kiss my toad (or maybe it was a frog that turned into a prince!). I was crouching down in front of him!!
Fantastic close-up - nice detail. Click
I like this but would have cropped it differently (possibly landscape as the eye is wider rather than taller) LOL! Sorry, I must really bug you with my cropping issues. Would love to see the original.
course you don't bug me Lauren LOL!! I cropped it like this cos i wanted to show part of the grin on his face You'll get the original emailed now! LOL
It's a frog not a toad.
Hmm - thanks Geoff, I realise frogs can range from brown to green in colour - but the bit that made me think it was a toad was because they have horizontal pupils. think this pupil is horizontal?
I think this is a little overcropped - did you discover if it was a frog or toad?
yes Steve i think you're right about the cropping - but i wanted to home in on the pupil with the reflection in it. Unfortunately there wasnt' any choice of doing anything else with the photos, it was pure chance that i found him, and he didn't stay for long. the problem i had was the amount of grass all around him.
I still think he is a toad
I think so too but Geoff works in the field unlike us. I'd love to know his reason though. Mine is because his skin doesn't look smooth like a frogs does. Did you notice webbed feet - toads don't have them!
Steve - I have a very not focussed shot of him showing his foot, and it doesn't seem webbed to me. Can i email you a small pic just to satisfy my curiosity?
Yeah, have just looked at Geoffs website - some beautiful photographs on there. Me, I'm just a mere amateur who loves wildlife!
Sorry Karen, I think Geoff's right. It's a frog.
Look at this: FROG
(I don't think frogs have webbed forefeet as you can see from the pic)
and compare it to this: TOAD
Hope that helps.
thanks for that Lauren. Yep - think he is right, in my little wildlife book it said about the eyes - and the eyes looked so alike. But your link to the frog is spot on isn't it - just like it. so..... puzzle solved, frog it is. Next puzzle - is it male or female
ah, okay. If you look at my last shot you can see he has web feet alright but Lauren is right about their forefeet. He looks male to me
A lovely sharp shot and close up too!!
stunning close up
Great detail in that eye! Well captured!
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