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Narcissistic Frog... (Litoria Chloris) by Neil Ross

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Photos taken with Canon IXUS 80 IS and minor editing with Lightzone. SIMPLICITY is my niche!
My brother’s backyard in Tambourine Mtn QLD Australia

Litoria Chloris (Red-eyed green tree frog)

This little guy is really a little guy; he’d just about fit into a matchbox, but the noise generated from such a small creature is astounding – in fact, it is deafening! There were half a dozen frogs present at the time, some enjoying a swim in the pool, but this little fellow was on the glass of the pool fence, hence the reflection, and he looks like he’s besotted with his own reflection… a case of narcissism perhaps? The background stripes are actually the upright posts of the fence, and along with the frog’s mirror image, everything combines well to give this image a wonderful abstract dimension. I was half tempted to call this piece Abstract Amphibian but the name didn’t seem to suit the frog’s inquisitive posture.

With the exception of very ‘minor’ contrast adjustments, gentle sharpening and some spot cleaning of the glass, this photo is pretty much straight out of the camera. The background has been gently softened with a gaussian blur to eliminate some grain noise. Other than that, I didn’t have to do much to it. The whole process took me no more than 10 minutes. The photo was taken at night with flash, and is a good effort (even if I do say so myself) considering the camera is just a ‘point and shoot’. I rarely do night photography; it’s just too bloody dark LOL, but I’m glad I made an effort on this occasion.

I love anything that is unusual, unique, or just plain odd, and that’s the sort of image I try to capture. I’m so far from being the world’s best photographer it’s not funny, but I do have the photographer’s ‘eye’ and am more than proficient at capturing the images I see in my world. Thanks for taking the time to view my portfolio. Feel free to leave a message and say G’day.

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  • Angie66
    Angie66over 3 years ago

    awesome these guys are so cool fantastic work :))

  • He was just in the perfect spot. I didn’t realise I had caught the reflection as well until I viewed the pics later on. I’m glad you like him, Angie. More pics I hope when I’m in Tambourine next :D

    – Neil Ross

  • LimbozArt
    LimbozArtover 3 years ago

    Neil, how wonderful is this shot! You nailed it. The colours, composition, the whole view is so unique and refreshing…well done my friend.

  • Thank you so much, Louise. Unique and refreshing… I can’t think of a finer compliment. Much appreciated, and he is such a cutie, it just makes me smile :D

    – Neil Ross

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work

  • Thank you Ann :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Haydee  Yordan
    Haydee Yordanover 3 years ago


  • Thanks Haydee :D

    – Neil Ross

  • waddleudo
    waddleudoover 3 years ago

    I clicked on this not knowing what in the world it was! At first I thought it was some sort of bug looking straight on. Amazing! It really does look like some kind of sci-fi alien bug-monster! Then, when my eyes adjusted, I realized it was this cute little green froggie and his reflection. Wow! This is a once in a lifetime image. You may try to duplicate this in Photoshop – but this is real life and amazing, deserving of lots more Feaures in the future I’ll bet! FAVORITE!
    Cordially, Ellen

  • Thanks very much, Ellen. It was a fluke shot but the Gods were kind. This is one photo that I am very happy with. Oh, my apology for the late reply as well. I appreciate your comments :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 3 years ago

    Truly beautiful artwork from your great talent, thank you to inspire million friends and me.
    Quote of the Day;Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
    Henry David Thoreau
    Best regards,

  • Oh thank you, Sunny. You always write the most uplifting of messages. Much appreciated, and best regards to you too :D

    – Neil Ross

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 3 years ago


  • Thanks very much Cee :D

    – Neil Ross

  • RVogler
    RVoglerover 3 years ago

    O man, what a shot!
    Beautiful vibrant color and forms, quite striking!

  • I appreciate your comment, Regina. Many thanks. It’s a pic I’m very happy with :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Melissa Dickson
    Melissa Dicksonover 3 years ago

    Lovely image, well done!
    From your hosts Bevlea Ross and Melissa
    Australia At Large

  • I appreciate the feature ladies. Much appreciated. Cheers :D

    – Neil Ross

    WOBBLYMOLover 3 years ago

    amazing and outstanding, I adore frogs and these are beautiful

  • Thanks Loraine. I can’t agree with you more. That are so beautiful :D

    – Neil Ross

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