06.18.2021 Frog Friday-Bump on a Log Edition

Visiting Moosehorn Pond this past Saturday, I felt that I had struck out looking for the little green guys. I did find all those nice lily pads with their water drops, but I am always looking for frogs. I gave up and started driving away when I looked at a log I often see turtles sunning upon. There was a bump on that log and I thought it had bulging eyes. Sure enough, there was a frog.

I pulled over and walked back with the 100-400 and doubler which still left the frog small in the frame. Two side view frames later I decided to try to get a few feet closer as if that would have made much of a difference.  But in those few moments the frog turned toward me and I got one shot off before ker-plunk.  It was an overcast morning which turned out well for the shine on its head.  Too far away to powder its nose.

So how did the frog get so large in the frame without the pixels getting more noticeable  and the detail softer?  The most recent update of Lightroom (and Camera Raw) now includes Enhance, found if you right click the image and scroll down below Photo Merge) which uprezzes the file quite a bit allowing for, in this case, as greater crop.  It also allows much larger prints. Topaz Gigapixel offers a lot more in controls and choices but for my purposes as a macro photographer this does the job well…and comes for free with the subscription. What you see above is a huge crop.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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30 Responses to 06.18.2021 Frog Friday-Bump on a Log Edition

  1. Ms. Liz says:

    Really magic-looking frog Steve, the green and gold are gorgeous!

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  2. That is a stunning image, Steve! What a delighful name for a pond, too 🙂 It’s great to have that flexibility to do ‘big’ crops, and it has turned out really well here.

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  3. Gallivanta says:

    What an obliging frog. Your software is obliging too.

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  4. Thanks for alerting us to that new Enhance feature in Camera Raw. Last year when Topaz was having a sale on bundles of its products I went ahead and bought the bundle that included Gigapixel. That’s what I’ll use for enlargements, but I’m glad to know about the Enhance feature in Camera Raw.

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  5. Littlesundog says:

    I think I just fell head-over-heels in love!!! I believe this is my favorite frog image ever. You made my day!

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  6. picpholio says:

    This is a realy great result you got !

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  7. Pretty amazing the software available to improve digital images…when you finish with post-production, they’re getting almost as good as film…

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  8. Peter Klopp says:

    Lucky you, Steve, in capturing the frog the very moment you were ready to give up! An event like this has happened quite often in my life.

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  9. Mark says:

    I haven’t tried out the LR feature since updating yet, looks like it is capable of some impressive results!

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    • Considering it is free it is superb. At least I haven’t seen a downside other than the huge file it creates but that is the point. Glad that I have some very large external storage. I should post an original before cropping to show just what it can do.

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  10. shoreacres says:

    One shot is all it takes. Every time I look at him, I smile.

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  11. What a beauty, and a great shot, and I love the quizzical expression.

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  12. Very Nice Steve! Always fun to photograph Frogs!

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  13. Todd Henson says:

    What a perspective and pose! I always hear them but only rarely see them, and when I do it’s typically their legs as they splash back into the water. 🙂 Interesting info on Enhance, good to know about. Thanks for that.

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    • I don’t know why they are so obliging for me, Todd. I do inspire the occasional kerplunk but most of the time they stay put. Of course I am shooting with 800mm of lens so don’t get too close. Many of my early frog shots were with my 180 and I had to crawl slowly on my belly to get close. This is a lot easier on the old bones. 🙂 Enhance will fill your hard drives faster but offers a lot of opportunity for cropping close.


  14. bluebrightly says:

    Fabulous photo and thank you for sharing the details. I haven’t tried it yet and now I know I must.

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