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Beauty Shot by dinyctis Beauty Shot by dinyctis
August 2003

Im fishing in Upstate, New York, around the Seven Lakes area (a gorgeous place).
So im by myself enjoying the silence, when i hear something. I look to my left and there is this toad, flopping around some rocks. Fortunately I had my camera, so very slowly i turned it on, set it up for "macro," get on my knees, and proceed to aproaching the toad.

I managed to get close enough to capture this, and the little bastard didn't even move even after i managed to snap a few pictures of it. It was rather nice because there was some "trust" there. Yes you can laugh at the thought of a toad trusting a human with a camera, but it's true, the sucker let me get to about 10 inches from its face.

Why "beauty shot?" Because i find this slightly humorous, kinda like the toad being a camwhore =P
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Hades999 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2005
Hey... -it's a toad. And a photogenic toad at that. Cool
immortalpirate Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2004
aww i really like this picture :)

poison hearts will never change
thegryph Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
I really like the range of values in this shot. And he looks terribly cute.
bluretina Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2004
this is a big smile. i liked the soft blur and the water effects in this photo. looks real enough for me to kiss that cam lover : )
tigaer Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
a friend of you? hehe that's a nice close up here. the b&w works nice but i think a colored version would be cool too.
whitelotus Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2004
I think he was a lil' afraid, that's why he didnt move. Dont think these animals have such big trust in people pointing something like a cam on them... On the walking path near the lake here there was a cute lil' frog sitting in the middle of it... there are a lot of bikes there too, and i was afraid that someone would ride over him, at the moment i stopped and tried to make him jump into the bushes, he frooze and didnt move anymore... tried to put him on my hand, but was afraid to hurt him, he was so tiny and fragile... anyway, it worked out and I felt good again :-)
this is an awesome shot! i love the cropping and the black and white, you made a lovely shot of a lovely animal! congratz!
dinyctis Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2004
It probably is a defense mechanism, since a lot of predators are sensitive to movement. :)
deadreflection13 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2004
Plette Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2004
Maybe the toad was just frozen with fear?

haha sorry, didn't mean to rain on yer trust parade ;P

The pic is fantastic tho, great choice of black and white, nice contrast, detail, shadows, and composition. And I think it really does make the toad look pretty; (not an easy task)!

flipsideshooze Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2004
fun shot :)
Sleepingheart Featured By Owner May 10, 2004   Photographer
beautiful picture!!
Senecal Featured By Owner May 7, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
"Oh Lord Tsathoggua or perhaps Saint Toad,
From Saturn you have traveled to the Earth.
Serpent men of Yoth first traveled your road
With formless creatures to which you gave birth.

To K'n-Yan and Lomar your worship spread,
Revered by the voormis and later, man.
In Hyperborea your name caused dread
'Til ice overwhelmed this mystical land.

Father of Night do they worship you still,
Do beasts of the wood still pause at your name?
Just speaking it now makes my warm blood chill,
A deathly cold that can't be warmed by flame.
Your amorphous body ever changes shape,
Composite of bat, sloth, toad and the ape."

Ron Shiflet, 1997
Thanks for the memories man!
Viika Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2004
this is probably the most pleasant frog pic i've ever seen :D
i wonder why he's smiling so slyly...
i think i would have liked this a bit more if it were in full color.
goodkitty Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2004
this is adorable. i really like toads and frogs and this is a great shot of one! the contrast is nice, tones are great. i like the composition. everything about this photo is good!
CaptainKromwell Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2004   Photographer
Trust nothin! The poor thing was probably just too scared to move.
mrslobsterhands Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2004
Wow! This is a really great shot! The clarity is excellent!

Reminds me of the frog prince!

effervescence Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2004
Wow, for some reason I really like the water. It's subtle, but it's there, as we see the blurring of the bottom of the shallow water, and the tiny ripples around the front of the toad distort our view of it just a little bit... I think this picture rocks. +fav
blotchy-the-squid Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
It's the best looking frog/toad I've ever seen! * hugs it*
zeldadesign Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2004
what about a beauty kiss ....
zeldadesign Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2004
love the casting ...
nekolee Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2004   Photographer
hmmm... it looks like an Ornate Horned Frog. I didn't manage to see it in nature though, only manage to take it's photo at the zoo :p
bookofshadows0 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2004
I like this photo!! :D I have to fav it. I thought it was a frog. Toad/ Frog I like it anyway.
CaRtOON Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2004
I love the shot and how the toad looks :) This is cute, I'll add this to my favs :+fav:
tripping Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2004
hahaha..he sure is gorgeous!
great shot..and even better luck..
PaleWillow Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2004
Awesome close-up. I really like the use of black and white. :D
brazensix Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2004
Nice macro shot man. I beg to wonder what it looked like in colour though? I imagine it probably wasn't to brightly coloured or anything, thus the transformation of colour tones here, but I keep wondering what'd it be like. Anyways, regardless I like the little portrait, it's cute.... just don't lick it. :P
snowysylva Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
lol, tis pretty though :D
eikei Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2003  Hobbyist Photographer
Ahh.. 'tis a real beauty, this frog. Nice capture! =D
rmpaul Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2003  Professional Photographer
The lighting is gorgeous dude ... has a sort of glow to it. A great shot on so many levels...
recklesswalker Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2003   Photographer
tasty contrasty... fits nicely and good lighting...
b0x0rz Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2003
cute. would have liked to see the colorz though. even so a great capture. you say it didn't move? trust? maybe it was just like: what the hell... no matter if he will eat me later... i'll be on deviantART :) w00t.
great macro shot. amazing work.
arwenita Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2003  Professional Interface Designer
parece de bronce :O o algo asi @_@
creator07 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you normally live where there no frogs?
dinyctis Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2003
there are frogs but its not like i have a camera around when i happen to see one =P
d1st0rt3d Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2003
:lol: A toad being a camwhore, that's a new one. I'm surprised you could get so close to it; all the animals (read: my dog) I've tried taking photos of won't hold still long enough for me to get it. Or try to lick the lens. :o

Getting close was good, though, because you can see all the details and patterns on really well. I love the blackish stripes it has, very neat. And I love how the light is, bright on the right and rather dark on the left. Neatneat. :) The ripple and the small sparkle in what I guess is the water looks really good there too.

And I really love your border. :o It totally screams "sophistication"...Which is neat, since it's a photo of a toad. :p

I found one of them in my backyard once...Didn't have a camera to take a photo then, though. :(
jkdesignz Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2003
lol at camwhore!!! :D :D

great shot btw!! :thumbsup:
blueguitar Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2003  Hobbyist Photographer
hehehe cute!
Katbaby Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2003
lol its a great shot! :)
siebenzehn Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2003
toad=camwhore? camwhore=toad? :lol:
siebenzehn Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2003
I'm sorry, I just realized this must be pretty insulting to toads...
monolite Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2003
This shot is awesome
sweet toad :D
pdtnc Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2003
Blind toad ? :D

nice shot :)
monografik Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2003  Student Digital Artist
Nice shot , the composition is great :D ncie one mate - peace
drizztdourden Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2003
I love the great quality of deatails (as well as the macro!) and the shiny liquid tension so evident on the borders of the frog...
Simple and beautiful, nice shot in black and white, it give another taste, expecially beacause such shots are known because of their colors...;)
aksu Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2003
nice shot :) some color would have been nice i think....
saciii Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2003  Professional Photographer
what a gorgeous fella ;)
wetflame Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2003
incredible shot! i love it :) good work getting that toad to trust you.. i've heard they can be very suspicious sorts..
levinet Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2003   Interface Designer
Nice shot, well composed. The black and white makes it look more stylish :)
whiteazaleas Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
Frogs are beautiful, when I was a little deviant I use to catch em and play with them. Caught 11 of them one night, good times. :nod:
Whanka Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2003
the lighting and all came out very nicely
the toads skin is amazing
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