Today’s “Image of the day” is of a Malabar Gliding Frog

Article 11 of “Image of the Day” Series.

Image of the Day- Blog 11 Shooting a Malabar Gliding frog in the Western Ghats


Camera: Canon 550D

Lens: Canon 100mm f/2.8

Shutter speed: 1/125 Sec

f-stop: f/4

ISO: 400

External flash used

Aperture Priority

Evaluative Metering.


Most people won’t know this, but when I first got into wildlife photography, macro was my favourite genre to shoot with. Six months after buying my camera, I purchased a Canon 100mm macro lens, and is one of my favourites. It’s extremely sharp wide open and produces extremely rich and vivid colours.

When my friend told me about visiting Amboli some two years back, I got pretty excited at going to a place extremely rich in biodiversity. See the thing is, that although the Himalayas are teeming with wildlife, they are scattered over thousands of square kilometers and per sq km density is quite less.

In the Western Ghats (that’s where Amboli is), the forest cover is not spread over such a huge area, plus the way Western Ghats are positioned, it’s a haven for reptiles in monsoons. So when my friend told me about Amboli, the first thing that came to my mind was the Malabar Gliding frog.

Malabar gliding frog is endemic to the Western ghats and I knew from seeing its images, that it had a huge bulge in its eyes. So I imagined how it would be to capture the eye of this amazingly beautiful frog. We found this subject 2 days in to our trip and furthermore he was extremely cooperative. After taking normal full body shots, the side angle, the top angle and the toes, i am thinking of ways to represent its eyes in the best way possible.

When playing with macro subjects, I am a lover of shallow depth of field. It personally doesn’t matter to me if the whole subject is not in sharp focus from tip to toe. So I started wide open at f/2.8 but was not able to control the depth of field. So stopping down one stop to f/4, I took this shot. I also fired an external flash, just to highlight the eye.

If you observe closely, only the eye in here is in sharp focus, even the snout is out of focus. The background is a soothing green with almost no distractions. Also when you look at the image, the eye is the only thing that snaps your attention. I also loved the tufts of green grasses on the dark rock in the front.

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