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Some of you may remember a previous entry when I was feeling froggy. I wrote about using field lights at night for finding and photographing frogs in Costa Rica and then applying correct white balancing. Though we searched diligently, no frogs were found at night so the pre-white-balancing I did for my field lights were for naught. Frogs are one of the quintessential Costa Rican subjects so it was essential that we find a specimen and bring back images.
This April on a Worldesigns Photo Costa Rica tour we found that which we had sought: a Poison-dart Frog. He (or she) is known as a Strawberry or Blue-jeans Poison-Dart Frog. This small frog was photographed near the Arenal Volcano area with along telephoto effort in very dark conditions.
It was late morning-later than usual for frog hunting. We were fortunate to find this specimen lingering in the full shade of the brightening day. He was just close enough to photograph with the gear I was carrying. I had set up my exposure earlier on a benign leaf along the trail so I knew my first shot would at least be close. As it turned out-the exposure was spot-on. All that was left was to be steady in spite of my excitement and work the focus carefully from the front of the log acquired by the Canon’s Auto-focus, back to the frog on top.
Behind the shot:
- Canon 40D with 300MM F4LIS: Effective FL of 480 MM
- Canon 580EXII at 1/2 Power (Camera Mounted)
- 1/200th @ F5.6 @ ISO 200
- Subject distance 3.83m
- Hand-held with IS
- RAW file processed in Lightroom
It is time to fire up the Canon 9000 Mk II and make the frog prints!
Rikk Flohr © 2010