Wednesday, March 21, 2007

ROUND ROBIN PHOTO CHALLENGE: NATURE

Nature~ my favorite photography subject.  And this is one of my all time favorite photographs.  This little green guy saw me long before I saw him, but he wasn't the least bit concerned by my presence.  He was perfectly camouflaged by the pond plant life and I only spotted him when he blinked.  Even as I inched forward for a closer shot he just floated lazily.  I had no doubt that he was aware of my every move. 

Okay, so its a close up of a green frog in a green pond.  Its got good color and the composition isn't too bad.  Those reasons aren't why its my favorite picture though.

I love this picture because for me its not a picture of a frog in a green pond.  Its a picture of visual contact.  The black and gold eye was seeing me at that precise moment.  I was watching nature and nature was watching me.  It didn't feel threatened by me.  It didn't run and hide.  In that moment in time I was a part of nature and that creature's life, and it didn't fear me.  It merely watched with curiosity and trust.  That is what I felt at that moment, and that is what I remember as I look at this picture and into the frog's bright eye.  That is why this is one of my favorite photographs.

The Round Robin Photo Challenges: Round Robin Challenge: Nature

19 comments:

rbrown6172 said...

wonderful photo and commentary!
gina

radar446 said...

I agree with you 100%.  Technically speaking, the picture is quite good.  The omission of the few hot spots would have made it technically perfect.  However, what makes this a great photograph is the fact that the frog's eye invites the viewer into the picture.  There is a sense of belonging.  You are not looking at a picture, you are actually there.  This is a great photograph, and you have every reason to place it as an all time favorite of yours.

Greg

mavarin said...

I love, love, love this picture, especially with the story behind it.  Outstanding! - K.

mtrib2 said...

The lighting is perfect and the camouflage with the petals blends the plant and animal life together into one.     It just really seems like I am looking right at a real frog instead of a photo.      mark

ondinemonet said...

Oh Sweetie...

I am STUNNED! Fabulous photo. Just completely amazing. ::::::SMILES:::::

Always, Carly

cutebutpsycho028 said...

Oh wow, this is stunning! This is one of those photos that I could look at over and over... and NEVER get tired of looking at it! Absolutely amazing!

Erika :)

madcobug said...

You did good. A very good shot. I love it. Helen

mariebm56 said...

This is one of my favorite photos that you have posted.  An excellent shot!!!
Marie
http://journals.aol.co.uk/mariebm56/PhotographsMemoriestoo/

midwestvintage said...

 I love this photo.  I can see why you love it.

                     Julie

jabarett said...

Wow! That is an outstanding picture.

nhd106 said...

Holy cow...I love this photo too....it's a prize winner ya know.

Nancy

paisleyskys said...

Beautiful! OMG .
Great job!
TJ
http://tjexpressions.blogspot.com/

justplainbill said...

Jody, where is the pond that yoou took that shot? I want to visit and see frogs like that.
No I am not a frog leg lover, Bill


krspkrmmom said...

I love that pic!  Nice shot!

Annie =)
journals.aol.com/krspkrmmom/nooneshome

suzyq421 said...

Fantastic picture and narrative!  Very nicely done.

Suzanne R
http://newsuzannerslife.blogspot.com

demandnlilchit said...

It's a fantastic capture Dorn!

K.

boiseladie said...

Your photos are always so good!  You have an excellent eye for simple things and make them beautiful!
http://boiseladie.blogspot.com/

zapper44z said...

Nature at its best.  The story behind it makes it even better.  Well done.  I will try to post one to you from me.
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seventhray1 said...

What an awesome photo!  I've become a big frog fan courtesy of my son Caleb.  Our frogs are just starting to emerge because of a cold spring but I am so ready to go frog hunting so I can catch a glimps of these lovely creatures and hopefully get as good of a photo as you did!
Great Photo!
Lynda

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