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.