Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login


Submitted on
August 18, 2011
Image Size
152 KB


7,873 (2 today)
1,089 (who?)

Camera Data

Canon EOS 7D
Shutter Speed
1/2 second
Focal Length
180 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
May 7, 2011, 11:59:59 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
Sensor Size
King Crimson by erezmarom King Crimson by erezmarom
Red-eyed tree frogs are nocturnal, so almost all pictures of it are either of captive animals, or shot using artificial light, both of which I try to refrain from. To achieve this natural light shot in the wild, I had to have the combination of a little resourcefulness and a whole lot of luck.
The shot was taken in the rain forest near Boca Del Drago (Spanish for "mouth of the dragon"), a beach in the Bocas Del Toro archipelago in north-west Panama. The first time I visited Drago beach was actually to shoot starfish in the nearby "star beach", where they roam in their hundreds in shallow waters, making for excellent photo-ops. When it was time to go back to the hostel, the taxi driver with whom we had scheduled a pick-up never showed (naturally!), so we had to ask a local to drive us back. While waiting for him to get his car, we talked to another local and inquired him about the identity of a loud group eating their dinner in a nearby building. The second he answered "biology students", I knew I'd hit the jackpot.
A few days later I returned, determined to see what information I can get from those students. I came without knowledge of the accommodations available on the beach, and when I got there, I was amazed to realize there was only one hostel, and that it only had one room. My room! I checked in, and right away went to introduce myself. It turned out that the house was a biological station belonging to an institution called ITEC, and the students were mostly Americans on a 2-month stay there. After I told them about me and what I was there for, it turned out that they were extremely knowledgeable about the amphibians in the area. Some of them were actually doing research about the Dendrobates pumilio, the world famous poison dart frog, an animal whose picture I'd also wanted to get. When I told them I was especially interested in the red-eyed tree frog, they knew exactly where to find it, and were happy to go there and take a few specimens to the lab for research. The next night we went to a small pool, and in 5 minutes we collected two males and a female.
After a day's observation in the lab, it was time to bring the frogs back to the wild. Since I wanted to get natural light shots, we did it a short time before sunset, in a shaded spot to avoid damaging the delicate frogs.
I'm very satisfied with these rare natural-light images of this incredibly cute and colorful animal. After the shoot was over and we carefully placed it back in the same location, I felt that this had been a very special experience.

If you've ever wanted to take spectacular frog shots (among tons of other wildlife species!), now you can do just that in my upcoming 'Macro and More' Costa Rica 2012 workshop, this July. The workshop presents the opportunity to improve your macro and nature photography skills in a stunning environment with endless beauty and photo opportunities, a mind-boggling abundance of wildlife, great fun and of course, yours truly as a dedicated guide :)
Please click on the link for more details, and don't hesitate to contact me regarding any questions. I hope to see you there!

Canon 7D
Tamron 180mm macro
tripod, natural light.

| Facebook | Website | 500px | Prints | 'Land of Ice' Iceland winter workshop - January 2013 |
Add a Comment:
AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful :)
Prabhjot-Singh Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
your art is an explosion :D
theturtlewalks Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
I love these guys!!! they look like they're cartoons that suddenly decided to become real.
Alynae Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
i love you
KarmensPhotos Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello! :w00t:
Your beautiful picture is featured here: [link]
Have a nice day! :sun:
maybe-paper-hearts Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student Photographer
it's perfect!
janernn Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is simply awesome! :D
dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello. You have been featured here: [link]
If you get the most votes after one week, you will be featured the whole following week!
Have a nice week!

Chocolatecookiecrumb Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great photo! :D
Foreveramateurphotos Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Wonderful!! The colors look so perfect*O*
Add a Comment: