Gunashekar
Gunashekar

Malabar Gliding Frog (M)



A little beauty found on the lotus stem, it was raining and the calls of these species were high, managed umbrella and a torch and a friend to hold them so that...
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A little beauty found on the lotus stem, it was raining and the calls of these species were high, managed umbrella and a torch and a friend to hold them so that I get the right light on the Frog.
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9 Comments | Report
Trotts PRO
 
Trotts September 01, 2017
Fabulous
Gunashekar
Gunashekar September 03, 2017
Thank you!!
yashzg
 
yashzg September 02, 2017
Fantastic
Gunashekar
Gunashekar September 03, 2017
Thank you!!
nina050 PRO
 
nina050 September 28, 2017
Great capture!
p_eileenbaltz
 
p_eileenbaltz October 08, 2017
Beautiful work! Congratulations on your Challenge Win.
jamiesarkett
 
jamiesarkett October 08, 2017
Congrats - wonderful !!!
conniehumphreys_3889
 
conniehumphreys_3889 October 08, 2017
Cute...congrats :-)
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots October 08, 2017
Great capture. Congrats!
tracyduplooy
 
tracyduplooy October 09, 2017
Congratulations. Well deserved.
Aeri
 
Aeri February 12, 2018
Great shot with great composition... Congrats
Gunashekar
Gunashekar February 12, 2018
Thank you!!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was clicked in Western Ghats, Coorg, India. I have learned photography by following and reading blogs and websites of many professional photographers in the world.
Time
Frogs are very active from night to morning, and only when it rains they start calling and you will be able to spot them for the shoot. This picture was made during the late hours of the day 22:00 hours.
Lighting
For frog photography, you need a decent torch which will run for at least few hours in the night. I had a torch which was giving 20 lumens light effect. I always carry a ring flash for macro photography since the torch light is not enough. Ring flash was manually set to fire at 1/4th of a second, and that's the only light which has fallen on the frog.
Equipment
This image is captured with Nikon D300s with an Nikon 105 mm F2.8 macro lens, and a ring flash mounted in front of the lens.
Inspiration
Identifying frogs and creating pictures of them has fascinated me. This year I traveled to a place where it is a heaven for macro photographers as there are many macro subjects, from insects to reptiles and frogs. The diversity of nature is very special at this place. Constant rains and weather change is the ultimate test for photographers who travel to this place. When I spotted these frogs, I had a felling that I need to learn about them and make a good photographs.
Editing
Since I had used a manual Ring flash and torch light, I had the penalty of having a black background. I have cropped this picture to recompose the scene and adjusted dark glider in the tone curve options to get a stronger background. Removed the highlights created by torch light and flash, and used a high pass filter to sharpen the image.
In my camera bag
For frog photography, I carried a good torch, Nikon D300s mounted with 105mm macro prime lens. A manual ring flash, three to four dry towels since we shoot mostly in the rains. Leather gloves since the surrounding environment also have venomous snakes. You need external support from friends, just that umbrella holder who helps you to protect the camera from the rains. Extra batteries for ring flash. Pretty much these were the list!!
Feedback
Frog photography is seasonal and you must plan for this trip in advance. You need to practice shooting in the dark, understand how well your camera AF works in the dark. I practiced shooting in the dark nearly for an year, turning off room lights and illuminating the subjects with torch and tried to capture the still objects. It helped me to accustom to see the subjects well in the dark and it helped me to decide a focal length to shoot in dark. Having manual ring flash I knew which sync speed is apt for the night shoot, this is very important, this is the main source of light which is helping you to create the picture. I am open to guide you offline, if interested.

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