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A few falls back in my girlfriend's front yard I found this toadstool-fungus-mushroom-whatever you prefer, and I thought it was totally adorable. Then her daugh...
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A few falls back in my girlfriend's front yard I found this toadstool-fungus-mushroom-whatever you prefer, and I thought it was totally adorable. Then her daughter found me a tiny toad. And the cuteness factor increased exponentially.

This is another one of my photos that I have found floating around the internet (with no credit to me - sigh).
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49 Comments | Report
SheeksPhotography
 
SheeksPhotography January 06, 2014
I have shot a few of these in Ohio, they are cool. I have even seen a red one but of course I did not have my camera! Great fun shot!
JennaVee Platinum
 
JennaVee January 06, 2014
This kind starts out yellow/orange then opens flat and turns red - like a giant plate.
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 January 12, 2014
Love this (:
Arzhtatiana
 
Arzhtatiana January 21, 2014
Nice capture!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots February 02, 2016
I would LOVE to get a shot like this. Great work and Congrats.
Bannekh Ultimate
 
Bannekh February 03, 2016
Great shot
sydneyosbourne
 
sydneyosbourne February 05, 2016
Kudos!
darrellgillenwater Ultimate
 
darrellgillenwater February 05, 2016
Great shot
Cobble-Art PRO+
 
Cobble-Art February 06, 2016
Seller capture! Welcome to the "stolen from club" - totally stinks.
Workshopphotos
 
Workshopphotos February 07, 2016
Fantastic shot. did you just find it, or have to wait for it to happen? Great job
JennaVee Platinum
JennaVee February 15, 2016
I had to wait!
brian19869
 
brian19869 February 07, 2016
Just a little more light on that tiny frog and it would've been a complete photo. Otherwise it's a magnificent photo. =D
shutterbug12
 
shutterbug12 February 09, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
RaganasHut
 
RaganasHut February 19, 2016
Such a fun shot, thanks for sharing!
tmlakshmi PRO
 
tmlakshmi April 13, 2016
fabulous shot
theshawnamiller PRO+
 
theshawnamiller May 07, 2016
Hahahaha, I can hear his voice. Amazing shot!
doquinn
 
doquinn May 15, 2016
Oh My Goodness what a capture !! Love Love Love this one!
BirdyBug
 
BirdyBug June 19, 2016
Beautiful capture! Incredible work! Congratulations!
Workshopphotos
 
Workshopphotos July 06, 2016
awesome, great job
Vcortez
 
Vcortez July 14, 2016
nice
PamClark
 
PamClark October 19, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
PamClark
 
PamClark October 19, 2016
Just the cutest thing I ever did see! Great composition!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq May 08, 2017
LOVE it! I would kiss him!
Hakimcau
 
Hakimcau June 06, 2017
Great composition. Good camera work.
nicolabeyfus
 
nicolabeyfus June 30, 2017
Congratulations, super shot.
lindathomasBAhons
 
lindathomasBAhons June 30, 2017
Makes me smile lovely shot well done on winning the challenge
barbarabrock Platinum
 
barbarabrock June 30, 2017
Awesome mushroom, but the amazing image is the little frog actually checking you out.
EMGAUV10
 
EMGAUV10 September 25, 2017
ABSOLUTELY LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!
andrevondeling
 
andrevondeling January 16, 2018
I just love how you created this image! Love the composition!
tmlakshmi PRO
 
tmlakshmi March 01, 2018
beautiful, I wish I could find a toad somewhere
debhearn
 
debhearn March 03, 2018
Just perfect. First time I've seen it and sorry to read that you are not getting credit as it floats the internet. It really is a beauty.
karensommerslohre PRO+
 
karensommerslohre March 04, 2018
Great capture!
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography May 15, 2018
Absolutely gorgeous / Voted
tmlakshmi PRO
 
tmlakshmi May 17, 2018
adorable
amandawoodardperry
 
amandawoodardperry May 28, 2018
LOVE THIS! Great capture
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo June 14, 2018
Superb. Congrats!
npstorms1958
 
npstorms1958 January 12, 2020
very nice shot. He is really small. Superb Job
margitulstrup PRO
 
margitulstrup February 03, 2020
superb shot wow. . so cute and absolutely amazing
emeraldpapke
 
emeraldpapke February 04, 2020
i love that i love frogs and that just a wonderful photo of it but I'm curious what type of ,ishroom that is cuz ive never seen one like that
emeraldpapke
 
emeraldpapke February 04, 2020
mushroom
emmastamper
 
emmastamper January 28, 2021
Adorable!
FhotoBum
 
FhotoBum August 25, 2021
Fantastic model, great capture.
stigfagerli PRO+
 
stigfagerli October 20, 2021
Beautifull congratt with winning
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots October 21, 2021
Perfect capture! Congrats.
WJKAEPHOTOGRAPHY Platinum
 
WJKAEPHOTOGRAPHY December 02, 2021
Gorgeous use of framing and colouration! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’›πŸ’š
melzonejohnson
 
melzonejohnson September 19, 2022
Love it so when will you be home 🏑
ByDesign
 
ByDesign December 16, 2022
This made me smile - great shot!
JamesHarmon Platinum
 
JamesHarmon Jan 25
Outstanding capture
Peggy_Anne
 
Peggy_Anne Oct 13
love this!
cathynevakshonoffbenoit
 
Beautiful capture! lo e\n\n\nLove this capture! A little frog on a mushroom. Perfect,
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Behind The Lens

Location
It was fall in central New Hampshire, and I was visiting friends in a small town. Their front yard was full of these spectacular toad stools - and for whatever reason, the toads were out in full force. I had to lay in the damp moss and grass and leaves to get this just right!
Time
It was late afternoon, warm sun low in the sky. My friends' kids had come home from school and helped "corral" a few toads in the general area as models.
Lighting
I love that even though this was in full shade, there was a warmth from the afternoon. I use many lighting techniques - but this afternoon required me to work quickly with available light. Nature waits for no one!
Equipment
Funny, this was a Pentax K20D. I was just getting back into photography after years of disinterest. I was using the Pentax because I had older lenses available, and always loved the tones I got out of the camera for landscapes. It was a fantastic landscape camera! The lens was a Pentax 16-50 2.8 I was trying out.
Inspiration
I love fall in NH, but the leaves are so obvious. The lighting was just right, here in the mossy, shady part of the yard, and the toadstools were wonderful. It's nice to shoot something unexpected sometimes. To take a look at the details instead of the expected.
Editing
A simple, minor cropping was done to center the subject where I wanted it. Shooting such a small creature (smaller than a walnut) which was constantly moving at a shallow depth of field meant I had to get it as close to "right" as I could in the camera, but that an adjustment needed to be made later. Curves were also lightly adjusted.
In my camera bag
My D800. I have a 50mm 1.4 Sigma ART lens that essentially lives on that body. It can be challenging to use one prime lens as a primary lens, but the results are always so sharp and beautiful and the colors are rendered so nicely that I've learned to work with one lens almost exclusively. I have a Nikon 80-400 - it's a beast and I LOVE it. When I travel I also carry a Sigma 24mm ART lens, which is a fantastic lens for such a little prime. It's my go-to landscape lens! Add in an SB900, plenty of memory cards and batteries, lens cleaning cloth, CPL, and ND9 filter. I carry my iPhone in my pocket for on the fly meter readings, and for quick videos of places I visit. I am also fond of carrying a film camera - a Holga or a pinhole will do. I stopped carrying my 6+ pound Mamiya RB67 because I'm lazy...
Feedback
When you're shooting macro with a shallow depth of field, even micro adjustments can make or break your final image. It is so, so incredibly important to keep shooting. I *thought* I had this shot, but kept shooting, making minor adjustments in my focal point, and while I wound up with a lot of RAW files to sort (and most went to the trash), I ultimately had THE shot I wanted and I'm not entirely sure I'd have had it if I hadn't taken so many throw-aways. Sure, sometimes you get lucky on a one-off shot, but it's so much easier on your blood pressure if you know *somewhere* in your files you have the one photo you need.

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