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Canon
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Canon EOS 7D
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1/2 second
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F/13.0
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180 mm
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May 7, 2011, 11:59:59 PM
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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.



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:iconaliciawonders:
AliciaWonders Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
This is marvelous!
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Gecko-Girl Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
What a stunner!
King indeed :)
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Digitalphotique Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
All I can say is WOW!!!!
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DarkAssassin069 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Wow amazing photo!! truly stunning detail!!!
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fractalhead Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
wonderful
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yearuzzaman Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great
featured here

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pariah87 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
featured it here: [link] :)
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:iconcjheery:
cjheery Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible!
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:iconkarliosi:
karliosi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
too good. ;)
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SylviaJones Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Amazing detail! Great work!
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Tasha507 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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MoonSpice Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Your photography is EXQUISITE! I was wondering if you'd like to join my photography group!
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We are only looking for the best, and you are definitely welcomed :love:
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WinsomeLosesome Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, what an amazing shot and story :D Very cute frog to boot!
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Shadow-Faxx Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Beautiful.
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dragonshapedscar Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Gorgeous little frog! Great shot :D
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
Fantastic picture!
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:iconpariah87:
pariah87 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
fabulous :)
thanks for sharing
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:iconzelma1:
Zelma1 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
i love these frogs! wonderful photo!
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fluffy-fuzzy-ears Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I want you to know that this is now my desktop background :)
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:iconadamdc:
Adamdc Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very striking.
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:iconfluffy-fuzzy-ears:
fluffy-fuzzy-ears Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing.
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vvneagleone Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Is that YOU in it's eye reflection?
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:iconerezmarom:
erezmarom Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
It's a friend who stood behind me.
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mad-pasta Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
I love this macro (theeyesohmy). ~
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:icondanzeplin:
DanZeplin Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing shot, I love it. The eyes and how they contrast is awesome!
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JokersCard009 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Great photo!
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s-kmp Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
Absolutely amazing :)
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:iconsilvervulpine:
SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Marvelous. :)
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:iconmissboffy:
MissBoffy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Really beautiful shot!!!
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brunoescalona Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
good one
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:iconpyreness:
Pyreness Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
amazing detail!
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cerulean88 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
wow! :heart:
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:iconjith3d:
jith3d Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Perfect Capture m8 ..... luv it :)
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:icontrinit94:
Trinit94 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Student Photographer
Amazing
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Saturns-Child Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I featured this here: [link] :heart:
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AimishBoy Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
That's what happens what you eat too much rice.. you pop some veins!!
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Shutterstep Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome! :D
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mishkuu Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
insanely awesome
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely fabulous!
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PolfieDary Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
so beautiful colors! :)
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Kipporah Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What a magnificent shot of luck!
I have tried to take pictures of those and they don't stop hopping right as you push the trigger!
Wow, that's amazing that you just happened to be in the right place at the right time with people who knew what to do with the frogs and how to take care of them and help you out like that! Amazing.
I'm glad the picture came out with such perfect focus too.
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kikilucu Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
It's cute and cool :D
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:iconlondonsan:
londonsan Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
HE'S SO HAPPY! Cuuuuute
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AlaskaGrl Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
What a wonderful experience and awesome photo!
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Enigma-Fotos Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
amazing!
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:iconkreskell:
Kreskell Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love King Crimson! XD
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:iconvickyppv:
Vickyppv Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
Awesome portrait!!
loved it!
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:iconherbfellow:
HerbFellow Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great shot and you even got him to smile.
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DCRTABSTRCTS Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cute
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bloomingarts Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Student General Artist
I have never seen a red eye with such... deep red eyes. this is one amazing picture i cant believe you acctually took this WOW.^^
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