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Copyright: Shelby Morris (shelbee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 269 W: 62 N: 532] (3814)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-04
Categories: Decisive Moment, Macro
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-F717
Exposure: f/2, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-04 17:52
Viewed: 1155
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In my front yard there is a very spiky, sharp plant and a green tree frog lives in there and I named him Xerces. I decided to get a macro of him but the plant kept stabbing me and it really hurt. After getting poked and prodded this was the best of all the shots.

American Green Tree Frog
Hyla cinerea
These beautiful frogs have become a very popular pet species over the recent years.
They are grass-green colored, usually with a creamy colored line running from the jaw along the flanks. (There are sometimes specimens who don't have this green line, but they are a very small proportion) It looks similar to its European cousin Hyla arboria, except that it is slightly thinner and longer.
Green tree frogs can be housed in a large, unheated vivarium, out of direct sunlight.
You may also want to get them a fluorescent tube for localized heat which apparently they like to hang out on for hours. The temperature should generally be maintained between 20 and 25 C (68-77?F) during the summer, and a bit cooler in the winter.
This species seems to do really well in captivity provided they didn’t get too jolted in shipping. Apparently these guys often arrive in pet stores in such bad shape that even the tenderest loving care won't save them. However, if you got one in good shape, they are really pretty hardy creatures.
These guys eat the usual insect diet. Crickets, moths, flies, etc. A vitamin supplement powder should be used at least once a week.
Males make a really loud noise that’s a bit like quacking, which is sometimes known as a "rain call" because they tend to make a lot of noise after warm noises, but which can also be stimulated by external noises.

I will be gone on a camp retreat all weekend so if I don't get to you right away thanks for all your comments!


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Hi Shelby,
Mr. Froggy again?! Nice capture of this little green guy, but slightly unsharp which is not so strange with your camera settings [f/2 and 1/30 sec] it's very hard to get a sharp shot with these settings. Anyway it is a nice frog portrait very well framed.

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  • KellEy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 393 W: 48 N: 172] (2098)
  • [2007-05-04 18:08]

This is a lovely subject with an interesting DOF.
Nicely lit for clear details in the foreground.

Hello Shelby!
Lovely froggy!!! :)
Nice perspective and beautiful colours!
Well done!

Excellent close up Shell
Like Mother , like daughter :-)
John T

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  • peetol Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 554 W: 51 N: 694] (5745)
  • [2007-05-04 20:34]

WOW!!! This is a beautiful image, Shelby. Again, you did very well with the composition. I have no more to add except WOW. :)

Nice closeup shot with the dof. Good pov. The framing works well too! tfs


hi shelby, excellent image! sounds cliche but the truth is the truth, great depth of field,compostiton,colors,clarity, the list gos on and on, well done, cheers from vancouver, scott

Nice capture Shelby, lovely detail and well framed.
Regards Mark

Pt later :)

Bonjour Shelby.
Les couleurs sont belles et les détails sont nets.
C'est une trčs belle photo.
Bravo !

Hi Shelby,

Beautiful portrait of Xerces. Very sharp and lovely composed. I like the way you frame it.


Superb shot, I think I have a shot of him too..I will have to post it! Really nice pose!
B-) I
ll be back.......

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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2007-05-05 12:01]

Hello Shelby:)
This is great presentation. Look this colours, texture of the skin and position how this frog is sitting there. I like it so much, also your note is great, I appreciated that.
Lovely picture.
Have a nice weekend----------Tom

Hallo s..
Nice Picture and verry got POV..

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2007-05-05 14:06]

Hi Shelby
so this is what the tree frog looks like... we hear them in the hot summer nights! never saw one..

Great way to take it for the team.. =) really wonderful photo I love the way you presented it


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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
  • [2007-05-05 18:54]

Great POV, DOF and comp

Gran composición colorido, nitidez, felicitaciones shelby, muyt buena photo.

Hello Shelby,

I watched your portfolio, you have some great works! Picked out this one, didn't know where to start ;-)
I'm fond of froggies, and this one you caught very nicely. I like the framing, nice work!

Kind regards,


Hi Shelby,
that's a pretty frog - so I can return to my theme: kiss me ;-) The chance is good that it will be a prince for you after the kiss?!?
I like the shot, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • LuciG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1206 W: 151 N: 655] (8171)
  • [2007-05-16 18:43]

Hi Shelby!

what an excellent portrait.
The quality of the macro is perfect. You handle perfectly with the POV and The DOF.


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  • pathy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 303 W: 35 N: 64] (1740)
  • [2007-05-23 3:18]

elle semble prete a sauter hors de la photo ! tres belle realisation de macro , tres jolie photo

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