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Old Nov 17, 2005, 4:59 PM   #1
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This is near the Clackamas River in Oregon. Don't see many red frogs - and few that sit still for this long (3 sec exposure!). However, I feel there's something lacking in the image, but can't put a finger on what. Let me know!

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Old Nov 17, 2005, 6:10 PM   #2
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I think the background here is too busy and too focused. My eyes are drawn away from the subject to that stump (I think that's what it is), and the ground behind the frog is in too much focus. The noisy detail of the ground makes the frog almost disappear into it. Should be able to save it with some photoshopped blur of the background. I really like the frog's detail and pose though, that worked really well.

Is there a reason for the 3 second exposure? I wasn't able to get EXIF out of my firefox extension but I would think you could have stopped up and reduced the shutter speed. Do you have some EXIF for this shot that you can post?
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Old Nov 17, 2005, 6:24 PM   #3
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Hi BRIAN (formerly known to me as mike?),

Thanks a lot for the response - I'll have a go at blurring the background some in PS, as you're right, it is too focused!

As for the 3 sec exposure, it was pretty dark, and I was in a hurry to get the shot before the frog moved, as well as being absolutely positive the frog was in focus... so I set as high an f-stop as my camera would allow (f/ 8 and went for the longer exposure.

I obviously wasn't thinking particularly clearly at the time!

I'll post the results of the edit when I get the chance.

Thanks again!!

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Old Nov 17, 2005, 6:30 PM   #4
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Who's Mike? LOL

Anyway, be sure to post the edit, I think the shot has some great potential, but just needs that little bit of touch up.
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Old Nov 17, 2005, 6:31 PM   #5
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My sincere apologies, Brian.

It's been a crazy day.

Thanks again,

-Ben
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