Sometimes, the best shots are close to home. I created this photo at a local park that’s only a few minutes from my house.

This was captured by getting in the muck with the frog and lowering the tripod low enough to go eye to eye with my little buddy here. It’s very time consuming, since one wrong move and the frog is gone. I had to s-l-o-w-l-e-y maneuver the tripod and camera into place, all the while, sort of squatting and kneeing in the thick mud, decomposing leaves and sticks.

I had my head sort of sideways looking through the viewfinder trying to focus (I’ve since decided to use Live View) and finally snapped the photo.

The first was out of focus – drat!

Try again, another out of focus.

What the?

Then in finally dawned on me – the frog is breathing, and I was shooting a slow shutter speed. Every time he took a breath, he moved a just a wee little bit. Enough to keep the photo from being tack sharp.

So, I simply waited for a break in the breaths, snapped the shutter, and here is the result. Hope you like it

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