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You Lookin' at Me?
Photograph by Tim Laman

The "dechedch," or Platymantis pelewensis, stands its ground on Palau. Unlike reptiles, amphibians have a tough time migrating across salt water. Consequently there are only three species of frogs in the Micronesia-Fiji-Polynesia hotspot, a conglomeration of more than 1,400 islands across millions of miles of ocean. The frogs tend to hang out in patches of thick grass, where dozens of males can be heard vocalizing. Females often gather in caves or in the abundant remains of Japanese bunkers from World War II.


Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS3
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 100mm macro
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/16

Weather Conditions: Damp, just after rain
Time of Day: A few hours after dark
Lighting Techniques: I used two strobes with small soft boxes.



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