Wednesday, July 26, 2006

A SMILE FOR WEDNESDAYS - A Happy Frog

21 Comments:

Blogger micki said...

Kept my son up all day yesterday, although he only started to fall asleep once, so it was easy. He fell asleep at 9 and is just now waking up 12 hours later. So, although I still stayed up too late grading (I didn’t get it done earlier, too busy watching Rock Star. You heard it from me here first…Lukas is going to win.) All is well.

Let me tell you why I like this smiling frog picture. This little guy rides around on my daughter’s fingertip all the time. Every time I try to shoot it, though, he hops off. We tried so hard this day and then finally gave up and settled for this pose. It makes me smile because I hand held for this, which I almost never do, especially for a close up with a long lens AND a stopped down aperture. Between the close up with a longer lens and my daughter’s hand moving this took awhile, but both of us were finally able to hold still long enough to pull off almost a dozen shots. This was the closet of them all.

I also smile, because, despite my protests, my daughter has persisted in her collection of frogs and toads, and is proving to be quite responsible at caring for them. These six little guys have got it made. I wasn’t too keen on the idea of having them in my house, but ended up buying her an aquarium to keep them in anyway. This morning the song of one of her tree frogs woke her up. It was pretty cool to hear the singing through the house.

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Portra400VC
Shutter Speed - 1/33
Aperture Setting - f-11 Aperture Mode +1EV
Lens - Sigma 105mm portrait/macro lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Things I’m Thankful to Cliff For…. Not losing your cool when I dropped the clutch learning to dive the Rabbit when I was 16. Yes, I’m admitting that maybe I had something to do with that.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Lovely shot, truly fantastic, especially the gradient behind.
I came by to just get your thougs, remember
"Something positive to say. How many of us post a perfect photo every time? How many of us do it ......." that long comment :D, well I found it pretty good, and understand what you mean, if you could please give me any suggestions you would make to the policy Id be happy :) im azharc(at)gmail or you can leave a comment at the blog. Please read the new policy before that :)
Thanks and don't worry I don't hold anything against you, many people are receiving the policy as you do, so I want to know what you would do to change it.

9:37 AM  
Anonymous tore said...

Yeah, they tend to look like that when you give them sugar and nitrous oxide.

9:38 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

Frogs and toads in the house ? This just gets better. This little fella has such a smug, contented look about him . . and I am not surprised!

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Pretty amazing shot. He looks like he's a little statuette.

Definitely earned a smile from me this morning! I'm on a roll today! Smiles all around!

9:53 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Micki, your family is something extra special. A daughter who LOVES frogs and toads! Certainly not an "I don't want to get dirty" type of girl. I like her a lot! :-)

Wow! Tree frogs waking you up inside of your house. Who needs to go camping!

Also, the happy frog put a smile on my face.

Paul

11:37 AM  
Anonymous DAVE said...

That's one tiny frog... too cute. great capture.

1:53 PM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

This little fella looks smug about SOMEthing. And i'm just wondering, what do the frogs and toads feed on?

1:59 PM  
Blogger Doris said...

You did a great shot for hand held!

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Karl Baumann said...

Funny little guy :-) bulging eyes and slippery skin. We do have a lot of small toads in the garden. They are so tiny...

3:00 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

yr daughter is so lucky got to have a little aquarium for the frogs...when i was little my mom not allow me to bring inside our house i just got to play outside:-P....btw lovely closed up shot:-) this shot remind me when i was little so exciting to have my own frog:-P

10:26 PM  
Blogger H.O said...

You have a really warm heart Micki :-)

10:54 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

A cute, tiny thing!

11:31 PM  
Blogger manju said...

cute little frog ! Good shot, micki.

2:18 AM  
Anonymous John said...

The frog obviously thinks room service is pretty good, just waiting for that order of fresh insects.

3:18 AM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

No wonder this frog looks smug. You'd be smug too if you could train a human to provide living quarters and three squares a day for you and five of your best friends. Now, pass the flies please.

(BTW, I can identify with your daughter. I have a gecko (about 4 inches long) living in my apartment. He has the run of the place and I see him about once a week. He's way too fast to catch and hold and he doesn't need an aquarium...he lets me live here too, as long as I don't make too much noise when he is sleeping.)

5:10 AM  
Anonymous david said...

it does seem a content little fellow! nice shot!

8:12 AM  
Anonymous bob said...

I need a singing frog.... or maybe a few of them --

8:46 AM  
Blogger Don said...

Yes, he is a happy fellow. Excellent detall in your closeup. Super shot!

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Another cool macro, lovely details captured given how tiny he is.

12:59 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Waking to the sound of tree frog singing? In the house? What a great alarm clock! Such a contented little creature here :-)

8:08 AM  

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