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Congratulations to Colin F for winning Feature Thread of the Week with 21 votes - View Previous Winners


A collection of images of our local Pacific Tree Frog (aka: Pacific Chorus Frog). Except for the one image of the one in the water, these cute little critters are all juveniles, about the size of the fingernail on your baby finger.

The first image shows one individual swallowing a large mosquito or some such thing, with the gangly legs sticking out of its mouth.























































































































Spending considerable time photographing them, I had grown fond of the little creatures, so it was difficult to watch when a juvenile Garter Snake showed up (only about 8 long), and waited for one of the hapless amphibians to snatch for a meal.


















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Sep 24, 2022 at 11:38 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · It's not easy being green


Superb set Colin. The one with the rose thorn shows just how small they are. It's super hard to watch a predictor eat your subject, particularly when you have grown fond of them.

Morris



Sep 24, 2022 at 12:13 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · It's not easy being green


Wow, these are top level images Colin! You are a master at your craft. Bravo!

Hard to pick a favorite, but the first and the last certainly qualify.

Greg



Sep 24, 2022 at 12:18 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · It's not easy being green


Great shots Colin, amazing!


Sep 24, 2022 at 12:31 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · It's not easy being green


Hi Colin...

Beautiful set with #4 being my favorite for the eye contact.

Pulled the voting lever for ya.

Tom



Sep 24, 2022 at 12:50 PM
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Another stunning set !!!

Birdie



Sep 24, 2022 at 01:49 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · It's not easy being green


superb set, Colin


Sep 24, 2022 at 02:03 PM
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These are crazy good Colin ! No easy task to pick a favorite but hanging by one hand is pretty impressive for you and the frog
I can see how you could get attached. They have real personality.
Gary



Sep 24, 2022 at 02:22 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · It's not easy being green


Freaking fabulous set, Colin!!


Sep 24, 2022 at 02:55 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · It's not easy being green


Wow! What a superb collection of images!
Great compositions. Excellent focus and DOF control.

Dave



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · It's not easy being green


Outstanding. I particularly like the one of the frog peeking over the leaf.


Sep 24, 2022 at 05:30 PM
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Amazing images! Some of the best Ive seen on this subject. Fantastic composition and DoF. Beautiful!


Sep 24, 2022 at 05:40 PM
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Great set, Colin


Sep 24, 2022 at 08:46 PM
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Superlative and wonderful images! They open up a whole new world.

-Evan



Sep 24, 2022 at 09:53 PM
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morris wrote:
Superb set Colin. The one with the rose thorn shows just how small they are. It's super hard to watch a predictor eat your subject, particularly when you have grown fond of them.

Morris


Thanks Morris. Yes, nature is, as Tennyson said, "Red in tooth and claw".



Sep 25, 2022 at 07:39 AM
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gregfountain wrote:
Wow, these are top level images Colin! You are a master at your craft. Bravo!

Hard to pick a favorite, but the first and the last certainly qualify.

Greg


Thanks Greg!

*I forgot to say that these were mostly all taken with a Sony 200-600 lens with 1.4 extender, as I don't have a macro lens. It can actually be more productive than a macro lens, as most of the time (at this location) you can't get close enough to the frogs for a macro lens.



Sep 25, 2022 at 02:11 PM
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Colin F wrote:
Thanks Greg!

*I forgot to say that these were mostly all taken with a Sony 200-600 lens with 1.4 extender, as I don't have a macro lens. It can actually be more productive than a macro lens, as most of the time (at this location) you can't get close enough to the frogs for a macro lens.


Thanks for sharing that Colin. Was it an extension tube or the 1.4 TC? If the TC, was it able to focus well or did you manually focus these? In either case, a marvelous display of your skill!



Sep 25, 2022 at 02:28 PM
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gregfountain wrote:
Thanks for sharing that Colin. Was it an extension tube or the 1.4 TC? If the TC, was it able to focus well or did you manually focus these? In either case, a marvelous display of your skill!


No extension tube (don't have any), just TC. Because the subjects are so small, I'm usually at MFD, and the AF works fine. All hand-held.




Sep 25, 2022 at 02:32 PM
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Colin F wrote:
No extension tube (don't have any), just TC. Because the subjects are so small, I'm usually at MFD, and the AF works fine. All hand-held.



Cool man, thanks! I'll give it a try as even with the 200-600 at 600mm, the subjects at Bolsa are still too far away

Greg



Sep 25, 2022 at 03:43 PM
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louie champan wrote:
Great shots Colin, amazing!


Thanks Louie, I'm glad you like them, warts and all.



Sep 25, 2022 at 07:15 PM
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