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Toad on a Floral Throne
Toad on a Floral Throne

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: High Contrast III (Basic Editing)
Collection: Silly Stuff
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Location: Springfield, VA
Date: Jun 5, 2008
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Humorous, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jun 5, 2008

I can't think of a really good reason for sticking a toad on a flower except that I couldn't sleep and when I went outside in the very early morning I promptly discovered this toad and then looked over at the flowers and thought, gosh, that's a good contrast in several senses of the word, so I put them together. <--- ridiculously long sentence

Oh, and the throne is on a car hood which was wet with dew, and the raindrops on the flower are from storms last night.

Had to use the flash the sun wasn't really up yet.

I have no clue how this will fare with the voters ;-)

PP - converted from RAW, straightened, cropped, levels, converted to duotone, increased contrast, added border, resized, sharpened with noise reduction.

Place: 24 out of 294
Avg (all users): 6.3430
Avg (commenters): 9.2500
Avg (participants): 6.2603
Avg (non-participants): 6.4040
Views since voting: 1284
Views during voting: 281
Votes: 172
Comments: 10
Favorites: 3 (view)

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06/20/2008 10:42:40 AM
Really great shot, Mary. It looks like a page from a fairytale.
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06/19/2008 04:03:39 PM
Mary - what a great shot ! and a good finish in the challenge as well.

Love the explanation that goes with this - for me it adds that bit more to the photo :- )
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06/19/2008 02:58:00 PM
I'm just going through this challenge now, and this is a FANTASTIC image. I'm not sure if a frog has a face or not, but the look on his is priceless. Great job!
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06/18/2008 11:01:23 PM
I really like this one in the challenge, as it looks like a page out of a fairytale story.....
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06/18/2008 10:55:12 PM
The frog looks quietly outraged. :) I like this direct, frontal view, gives impact to the imperious "expression" on the frog.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/15/2008 07:36:39 PM
While I'm generally not a huge fan of cool tones, this is a fantastic fairytale image. Perhaps you were taking a bit too long to set up this shot. Apparently, he is not amused.
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06/13/2008 11:29:19 PM
I love the expression on the toad's face!
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06/13/2008 01:17:00 PM
I love this shot, but (and i know this is a tall order) i wish the frog was "posing" different, maybe so we could see his side. Contrast and detail are great. It feels a tiny little bit crooked, maybe straighten a bit. 9
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06/13/2008 09:25:58 AM
Great contrast and subject matter.
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06/11/2008 12:14:09 AM
I found a ribbon winner!
I love this photo
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