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Ganesh H Shankar
Neelanethrus
It was my previlege to join Dr Gururaja of IISc for couple of days trip to deep jungles of Katthalekana (in Kannada Katthale - darkness, night, Kana - forest). This place goes by its name. Will write a blog about experience of going with Dr Gururaj and his team in a few days :)

Back to the image, I was trying to workout some unique lighting for making an image of this beautiful frog using my torchlight at night. Torch light works better than flash since it can be used only to lit the frog - no burning using photoshop here but I had to clone out a few harsh torch reflection spots - wish I had a polarizer on my lens which would helped filtering those harsh reflections. Photography in this deep jungle at night in pouring rain, with leaches and other poisonous snakes all around is a challenge to say the least - more about that in my blog later. Sincere thanks to Dr Gururaja and his team without whos help this image don't even can show up in my dream.

PS : I might have spelled the name of this frog wrong, I am sure Dr Gururaja/VMR will correct it :)
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Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Mon Jun 30, 2008 11:13 am

WOW! This is an amazing image Ganesh. I was "Searching" all along your site to look for images from this trip and here it is! beautiful image here and hats off to your effort!

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Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Mon Jun 30, 2008 11:16 am

BTW Ganesh, the name 'Neela' nethransis is because of blue ring around the eye?

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Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Mon Jun 30, 2008 12:13 pm

Wow Ganesh! I love all your frog shots focusing on the eye! Nature is SO beautiful and I am so very grateful we have you to show it to us.
Picture wise the thin Blue around the eye makes it for me. Identifying and highlighting on the main USP of a subject is the real trick to a great "Nature" picture, and you have done it really well here.
Eagerly waiting for you Blog!

Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Mon Jun 30, 2008 1:48 pm

Yes Pramod - it is because of its "Neela Nethra"..

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Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:18 pm

Ganesh, on a lighter note, is it really the name or is it given by you? :D

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:31 pm

Pramod, it indeed is the name - not mine. Incidently this one I understand is discovered only an year or two back. Dr Gururaj/VMR can throw more light on this..

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Commentby Kaushik Balakumar on Mon Jun 30, 2008 5:30 pm

Lovely image Ganesh. Gives the 'night' feel. Very well exposed.
You can notice the discrete & abrupt shift in sharp to blurr regions around the lower lip towards the throat which is bit non-uniform (kind of abrupt thin patch). Am unsure if its lack of resolving power of my LCD monitor. But these are just tech aspects. Nothing steals the 'feel' aspect away from image.
A rare species this one is...
Will look forward to ur write-up in ur blog about ur experiences.

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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Mon Jun 30, 2008 6:46 pm

I could not help but mark 100%. Your images have changed the paradigm of macro photography.Superb discovery by the team at IISc and just the right person to put in front of the world.

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Commentby Shankar Kiragi on Mon Jun 30, 2008 7:58 pm

Ganesh, Beautifully done. Looks angry like you mentioned about poisonous snakes, creatures.

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Commentby Ashwini Kumar Bhat on Mon Jun 30, 2008 8:46 pm

oh! Excellent image this is Ganesh! The lighting, the focus on the eye and the feel of the night are just making the right impact on the viewer!

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Commentby S. Das on Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:37 am

Executed to Perfection ... Amazing Light ... it brings out the Beauty of the Eye of the frog ... this will be in my memory for a long time ...

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Commentby Vijay Mohan Raj on Tue Jul 01, 2008 11:18 am

Wow, this is unique I did not imagine it would turn out like this, this is spellbinding. The species is Philautus neelanethrus, Rhacophoridae family. I liked the golden glow and the blue rim lighting here. I would love to hang this endemic frog on my Guesthouse wall.

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Tue Jul 01, 2008 11:26 am

Thanks so much for the accurate name VMR. I could not find anything in Google. I heard it several times during the trip but amidst several other names I got it messed up. Just mailed another version of this frog's image to you. Sure, my pleasure to give you prints of them..

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Commentby Santosh Saligram on Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:46 pm

Wow, what visualization and execution! Brilliant! The lighting and the depth of field are bang-on! Simply superb. The blue eye-ring makes the image for me too. Cannot ask for anything more. Just loved it the way it is.

Commentby Vijay Mohan Raj on Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:24 pm

Ganesh you have nailed it so well and must say this is uniquely creative for a frog image the focus on the eye where this endemic frog gets its name Philautus neelanethrus, an amazing frog and glad it is from Sirsi.

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