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Eastern Dwarf Green Reed Frog - Litoria fallax by Normf

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Another tiny Crowdy head local, Litoria fallax did not achieve separate status from Litoria bicolor until 1969 and the two species are closely related.

L. fallax belongs to the species group known as the Bicolor Group. Litoria fallax is one of the smallest of the arboreal Litoria species. It is of slender build and has enlarged discs on its fingers. It is very similar in appearance to L. bicolor and is best differentiated, where possible, by call.

This image was featured in 7 groups during March 2010 over a 12 day period since posted. I would like to sincerely thank the hosts of the following groups (and their moderators) for the honor and recognition:
High Quality Animal Images
Canon DSLR
North Coast Photographic Forum
Old farts of redbubble
For the love of Canon
Australian Wildlife
The Mighty Manning Valley

Canon EOS 7D
Shooting Date/Time 28/01/2010 11:42:09 PM
Shooting Mode Aperture-Priority AE
Shutter Speed 2 seconds
Aperture Value 7.1
Metering Mode Evaluative Metering
ISO Speed 100
Lens EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM


  • margotk
    margotkalmost 5 years ago

    Brilliant macro!

  • Thank you so much Marget. Really appreciated.

    – Normf

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    Nicely captured!

  • Thanks Trish, I always value the fact that you comment on my work.

    – Normf

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 5 years ago

    great work,

  • Appreciated Scott!

    – Normf

  • AdamMaund
    AdamMaundalmost 5 years ago

    Great shot Norm, I know how small these are so you must have some serious macro gear!

  • Thank you so much Adam. It’s really rewarding to know the time and effort not to mention the expense on gear pays off (see my rather “verbose” answer to Andrea Searle comment below).

    – Normf

  • clmustin
    clmustinalmost 5 years ago

    Great shot. Good focus on his face.

  • Glad you like this clmustin, and I really appreciate you constantly checking out my work.

    – Normf

  • Andrea Searle
    Andrea Searlealmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic pic Norm. Really well done, did you edit the image at all? I can never get my macros to look like this… although I dont have my real macro lens yet just using kit :)

  • Andrea that is just the very best question you could ask as it makes all the investment in time and equipment seem worthwhile. I hope you’ll indulge me while I give you a complete answer. These photos, and those of the Bleating Tree Frogs, were taken with a Canon 7D and the new L series 100mm dedicated Canon Macro lens. This lens is rated by Photo Zone as one of the few lenses that has a higher resolution than the sensor of a Canon 5D mark11! I also used the “sweet spot” aperture for this lens that produces the sharpest image rather than experiment with DOF (every lens has an optimum sharpness aperture, this one between 5.6 and 7.1). I took these shots with a good tripod and used a cable release. I spent more than an hour shooting each individual frog (something birds won’t let you do). Shooting Tree frogs is a little easier than terrestrial frogs as they are higher and tend not to frighten away as much (relying on camouflage I suppose?). I had to continually move the tripod (without scaring the frogs) for framing as the frogs moved around. Manual Focus was used in Live View mode which allowed me to use the digitally zoom on the LCD to focus on individual skin bumps. I turned OFF the image stabiliser as this tends to actually blur the photos (trying to stabilise an image when the tripod is actually stabilising it for you). I used partial evaluation so the camera exposed for the frogs and not the surroundings and experimented with the best white balance.
    By the time I loaded these on the computer the ONLY adjustment in PS was a little Levels to balance the exposure. It’s such a pleasure to have an image that does not require the slightest sharpening or high pass adjustment!! By the way these were taken as jpg although I did take a few RAW that were not as sharp. Again thanks for your question Andrea!

    – Normf

  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful green, like a little jewel! Brilliant shot!! :>]

  • Indead they are Tracy, Thanks

    – Normf

  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...almost 5 years ago

    Perfect shot! also not too bad camera and lanses to help;) / great explanations above….well done!

  • Thanks Edyta, I suppose I was saying having good gear helps but you still gotta do the yards. Always appreciate your comments. Norm

    – Normf

  • chloemay
    chloemayalmost 5 years ago

    love the explanation normf….when i win lotto i will but myself a 7d and all the trimmings!!!!!
    Great image as well!

  • Thanks chloemay, must admit I had to put penny’s away for a long while. But having good tools helps. Thanks

    – Normf

  • foppe47
    foppe47almost 5 years ago

    What a wonderful shot

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