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Froggy Style... nature is good to me!
Posted By: codiac2600, 07-04-2007, 06:14 AM

Well hope the title got you to check these shots out but I have a story to tell first.

So it's pitch black out and it's starting to sprinkle and while sitting at the dinner table talking to my girlfriend I hear the faintest frog chirping noise. We decide to head out and of course me with camera en toe. Walk out towards the pond and there they are two froggies just chillin so I set up with Tamron 70-300 XR Di and AF360 flash... but it's so dark there is no way to focus. So I go back into the camera bag and pull out my mini maglite and ask the GF to hold it and shine it on the chirping froggy. I set focus and snap a few shots and then we do the same process to the other frog across the pond. Here are the results of the labor and as always nature is good to me!

No crop no singing...


No crop w/ singing...


Another frog just chillin...


As always C&C is welcome and enjoy!
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07-04-2007, 06:46 AM   #2
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Amazing... especially for pitch black lighting. Very nice job Chris.
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I have to concur with Anthony, real nice Job.
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I'm amazed as well Chris, that's another technique that I hadn't thought of yet

And nice pictures, I like the color on the bottom one the best

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Beautiful captures Chris, sharp and colourful. Imaginative solution to the light problem. How close would you say you were to the frogs?

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the 1st 2 shots are toads, not frogs, hehe, and i like em all, they are definitely interesting critters !! So you used a flashlight as a flash? Very cool, and seems to have worked great !!
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Nice shots Chris. I like the second one. I've had to illuminate my subject to focus before, when I was shooting caves.
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I'll have to remember your mini maglite trick! I always carry one around while out in nature.

These are really cool! I especially love #2 with the frog all puffed up. They totally look like they're in daylight. Really, superb flash work!

Wish I had your eye for finding these little critters! Dig 'em!

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QuoteOriginally posted by little laker Quote
I'm amazed as well Chris, that's another technique that I hadn't thought of yet

And nice pictures, I like the color on the bottom one the best
Thanks Stu and it's a technique I'm used to at the bar, if it's too hard to autofucus I carry a pen light and shine it towards the subject, manually focus and fire away.

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Beautiful captures Chris, sharp and colourful. Imaginative solution to the light problem. How close would you say you were to the frogs?

Paul
Thanks Paul and I'd say somewhere less than 3 feet or so from my extended, laid out body.

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the 1st 2 shots are toads, not frogs, hehe, and i like em all, they are definitely interesting critters !! So you used a flashlight as a flash? Very cool, and seems to have worked great !!
Darn toad lol! Thank you for the clarification since I'm still buying those field guides and I'm up to insects, butterflies, and dragonflies. No the flashlight was used to help focus only because the camera couldn't even find focus nor could I tell where the subject was looking through the viewfinder.

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Amazing... especially for pitch black lighting. Very nice job Chris.
Thank you and it's not my normal time to be out, but heck anything for a good shot right?

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I have to concur with Anthony, real nice Job.
Thank you and I'll try again tonight for some more interesting shots.

QuoteOriginally posted by Brew1brew:
Nice shots Chris. I like the second one. I've had to illuminate my subject to focus before, when I was shooting caves.
Thanks and we have caves about 40 minutes from here that would be wonderful to spelunk and a definite great chance to test the K10D in even harsher conditions.
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ahhh, ok, gotcha, lol
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I like the composition and lighting of the last one

great shots

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Excellent photos codiac..

I'm actually thinking in selling my DA50-200 to buy one of this Tamron's..

Don't know if it's a good idea though
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Nice!

The singing toad shot is my favorite.

I love good nature shots! Especially good nature shots with action.

Keep them coming.
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The singing toad for me as well! A little mag light is a great tool to have, I think I'll get one for my bag. The Tamron looks like it does a great job and they aren't expensive either which is another bonus.

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Very clever solution using the maglite, it got you some really great shots!
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