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Another from the archives that is not as archived as some that I have, but from the archive none the less. If you get my drift that is. Phew, glad to get that out of the way.
This was taken during the epic journey from York back to Hetton. The weather was good....ish, the road was long....although I don't have a brother and the brother I don't have aint heavy, the photography opportunities were excellent and I was, I was, erm, well actually, I was starving. Luckily for these frogs I had some food in the car, otherwise a frog sarnie may have been the way to go, I know I would have struggled to make a sarnie as I would have had no bread, but I may well have settled for an open sandwich, if you get my meaning i.e. no bread.
Anyway, moving on, I had pulled in at a Scaling Reservoir for a bit of a break and also to try and capture the sunrise.
I made my way down onto the bank of the water and set my camera up on the tripod, I decided to use a new toy I have on my phone which calculates the optimum distance for the DOF being used to give the sharpest landscape image. You put your data in, Aperture, Lens size etc. it then calculates the distance for focus, you turn the focus ring to the distance and bingo, the image is in perfect focus. Great for those of us who are beginning to get a bit long in the tooth to be rolling around the floor for those low shots. With the live view my cameras have I don't even have to get into yoga positions and then have to call for Paramedics to compose shots either, aint technology grand. Even my film camera has a waste level viewfinder.
After all that the sunset was a tad disappointing, I think it was anyway, I have uploaded it as a version on this one.
Talking about this one, which is what I started out doing. Well, as I was setting up I heard all this noise and commotion going on behind me. I took a wander over and there were hundreds of frogs all trying to find girlfriends, shall we say. The turmoil in the shallow water was crazy, I tried to capture it, but the water was clouding with the silt from the bottom and ruining the shots.
I then spotted this pair that had hauled out of the water onto a small sandbank. The sun was now low and giving off a beautiful warm coloured glow. It actually made me think how romantic this was, not that I think the frogs were thinking that for one minute, or were they? A question never to be answered I think. Aren't frogs good at keeping secrets, they ribbet on and never actually give you a straight answer, very tricky customers.
A warning my friends, watch those frogs, they're talking about you.

I hope you like this one, thanks for any comments.

Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:25 Mar 2012 - 4:44 PM
Focal Length:250mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Lovin' the Sunset
Username:Hop-A-Long Hop-A-Long
Uploaded:19 Jun 2012 - 11:10 PM
Tags:Amphibians, Frogs, Reservoir, Scaling, Spawn, Tadpoles, Water, Wildlife / nature
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Voters:Badgerfred · mikbee · taggart · nonur · CarolG · Chinga · AnnChown · pluckyfilly · franken · woolybill1 · mrswoolybill · fentiger · bunbeam · Alan_Baseley · KarenFB ·
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Badgerfred Plus Member 8Badgerfred vcard Wales
19 Jun 2012 - 11:31 PM

Well spotted and captured Andy,

mikbee Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2012 - 12:00 AM

I never really thought of frogs as being romantic Andy.
I bet they think they all look the same so lets try this one.
I suppose something like the little kid let loose in the candy shop,
who has a taste of each bit of candy,and if the kid likes it,
it will stick to that one !!
Makes sense I suppose !!
Good shots.

Last Modified By mikbee at 20 Jun 2012 - 12:00 AM
nonur Plus Member 6nonur vcard Turkey9 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2012 - 4:49 AM

Two different ways of loving or enjoying sunset, I like both. Nice use of shallow focus and warm light in V1.

CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2012 - 5:38 AM

They look a snug pair, Andy, well captured. Carol

AnnChown Plus Member 5195 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2012 - 8:11 AM

Their faces are a picture considering what's going on!

pluckyfilly Plus Member 8342 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2012 - 8:14 AM

Two great shots I like them both, the frogs are well captured and beautifully timed, they look happy with their lot as wellWink

franken Plus Member 123521 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2012 - 8:20 AM

I like both of them!


woolybill1 Plus Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2012 - 9:11 AM

Love your intro for its detail and humour, Andy, and V1 is very good despite my distaste for the subject. Well, I do have a taste for certain parts of frog, actually, served as a sort-of Crunchy Chicken in Garlic Sauce, probably number 666 at the local Vietnamese Takeaway: it consists of 80% garlic sauce, which is about right for me so long as I partake after important interviews, romantic liaisons etc . . . Sorry, fantasising again . . . Wink

Actually V2 is pretty good and more my kind of thing, not that I shoot landscapes either; V1 does give better opportunities for irony though!


Last Modified By woolybill1 at 20 Jun 2012 - 9:12 AM
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8707 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1217 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2012 - 9:18 AM

I shan't try to add a caption, just a link.

Quote: With the live view my cameras have I don't even have to get into yoga positions and then have to call for Paramedics to compose shots either, aint technology grand.

I'm working on guesswork at the moment for awkward angles; if you keep your eye on the camera rather than the subject it can work remarkably well.

fentiger Plus Member 14915 forum postsfentiger vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2012 - 12:53 PM

Very apt image for someone with your Username.


bunbeam  9 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2012 - 7:54 PM

2 wonderful captures

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