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Old 06-28-2011, 09:23 AM
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Received 4 of these from Adam last week. They're 10 months oow. I'm very happy with them because of their boldness and the sheer vibrance of the colors. I purposefully designed their terrarium to have a low amount of bright green so that they are easily spotted. I had the pleasure of seeing (and feeding) Ray/Stemcellular's "Highland" variabilis in late 2009 and by comparison the "Southern" race is definitely larger and very bold (and prettier in my opinion).











Notice how the first frog could pass for a CV imitator!
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You're THE MAN when it comes to taking pics of their frogs. NICE!!!
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great shots John!! they were certainly one of my favs that we got to see in Peru
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Gorgeous animals. I'm jealous!
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Beautiful pics John......R. variabilis of both varieties are my fav.......Not sure how you get them to sit still for you to take pictures.....You the frog whisperer?
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Very nice...any chance we can get a FTS, your description of it has me very interested.
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Great pictures, thanks for sharing. They look really nice.
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Amazing pics as always John. Let's see that tank.
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Those are some really good looking frogs!
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oh man, it really isnt fair to take such great pictures of the frogs i just sent you im interested in seeing a picture of the "striped" one, if you get the chance!

and as others said, im interested in seeing their tank.
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Beautiful pics John......R. variabilis of both varieties are my fav.......Not sure how you get them to sit still for you to take pictures.....You the frog whisperer?
Oh, they move alright. Patience and experience help though. Mind you, these are easy to photograph when compared to wild salamanders (what i spend most of my free time photographing).

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Very nice...any chance we can get a FTS, your description of it has me very interested.
I'll try. I'm a little ashamed that the tank isn't very big but it's all I have to hand right now.

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im interested in seeing a picture of the "striped" one, if you get the chance!
Stripy is a very jumpy frog. I only photographed it once or twice but I'll put one up. Thanks for these great frogs Adam.
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Congrats on the beautiful frogs, John! As always, amazing photography! I really NEED to learn how to use my camera! I loved the contrast of colors between the leaf and the target(frog)! Very nice!!!

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John, thank you soo much for your generousity! It was a pleasure meeting you!

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wow! those legs are BRIGHT compared to my old school tor line variabilis. beautiful frogs john!
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These frogs really are brilliantly colored. Distinctly different from Highland variabilis.
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thanks for my new laptop background! incredible frogs and incredible shots man. Good luck with those little jewels!
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Dang, John. They are gorgeous. And, I must add that your photography makes every frog look great. You're not photo-shopping a little extra color touch up here and there, are you? JK You could make prints on canvas and offer them for sale. I bet there'd be a lot of takers.
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I purposefully designed their terrarium to have a low amount of bright green so that they are easily spotted.
Any pics of the tank? =]
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Would you mind sharing a little info on your camera setup. Right now I can take a better picture with my damn iPhone (of my frogs) than I can with my ?Nikon D70. I know for sure I need a better lense for close ups.

Also definitely very interested in a FTS as well. I always like to see pictures of members vivariums.
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Here's "Stripy" and a full tank shot.



Just set this up so it has a lot of growing in to do:



Doug - I shoot Nikon. The frog shots were taken with a 105 mm macro lens and the full tank shot is with an ultrawide angle lens.
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very nice shot! let me know if they use the white canisters for breeding, mine have only used the black ones.
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very nice shot! let me know if they use the white canisters for breeding, mine have only used the black ones.
Have you tried them with white only in the absence of black?
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Have you tried them with white only in the absence of black?
i didnt, i had both all around the tank and they never used them.
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john would you happen to have a really high res picture of one of your frogs? like oh maybe... 1366x768 pixels?? mr. stripey is a little fuzzy and pixelated on my computer screen if you did, that would make my day!
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Which photo do you prefer Ryan?
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very nice shot! let me know if they use the white canisters for breeding, mine have only used the black ones.
Well these 4 frogs turned out to be females. After that tank shot was taken I added several black film canisters, so that there are 50/50 black/white in there.

On Tuesday this week I received a male Southern Variabilis in trade from Austin at InnoEcto for a male standard lamasi. 24 hours later I had somewhere round 18-20 eggs in two different film canisters. A black canister and a white canister. So when offered both, they used both. At least 12 of the eggs are developing well.
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John, your photos are absolutely remarkable. You could do a fecal calendar and it would sell out in hours.

How about talking a little bit about how you're pulling these shots off for all of us lowly photo hacks.

Are you using a light box, or prime/slave flashes and diffusers?
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Thanks for the compliments.

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How about talking a little bit about how you're pulling these shots off for all of us lowly photo hacks.

Are you using a light box, or prime/slave flashes and diffusers?
Haha, you know what they say about magicians and their secrets, right? .

I will say that what I do is very much a fluid system, depending on the situation, the frog, if I'm going for a look, etc.

I often use multiple flashes, and I don't like light boxes. There's a huge market for LB photos, and they often look great, but to me they generally appear terribly artificial. If you have this year's Reptiles annual, or get to see one in Petsmart or where ever, the mouth open grinning tiger salamander photo was taken in a lightbox. This was only because that particular individual tiger is a performer and looks very silky in very soft omnidirectional light.

Take a look at some of the photos over at Dendrobates.org or some of Devin Edmond's photos on Amphibia Web. When I photograph dart frogs I try to get that "this could be Peru" feel. I love natural light, and I make as much use of ambient light whenever possible.
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Dibs on some of your morphs!!! Great shots!! Has the tank grown in some more, could we get a FTS please?
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I don't have an updated pic, but it hasn't changed hugely in 2 months. Everything has grown a little though.
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wow...incredible shots. canon mk2? hehe
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I shoot Nikon, not Canon. Tougher cameras.
Looks like Mumsy made a good choice with my wee Nikon.

Cracking frogs mate!
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Incredible photos John.. if you haven't done these for all of your frogs (I've at least seen the Flavovittata), you should
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Write those are some incredible pictures, it makes me want a tank full of variablis even more. Any plans for offspring? I'm in the process of building a 20 vert.
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Teddy - thanks. I have taken a lot of photos like this but they're on frogforum.

BYHGAB - I'm not going to count my chickens (froglets) just yet. Not all of the eggs are developing. I think 14 months might still be a bit young for successful breeding of the females of this species, going on what Adam and others have experienced.
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