February 28, 2016

Don't Blink

Photograph by Sammantha Fisher, National Geographic Your Shot

While exploring in Vara Blanca, Costa Rica, Your Shot photographer Sammantha Fisher captured this image of the nocturnal red-eyed tree frog. By day, these amphibians sleep stuck to leaf bottoms. When disturbed, they flash their bulging red eyes to shock predators.

“I had seen a very large waterfall from the roadway that I hoped to explore and get a better shot of,” says Fisher.  “I hiked down a hill into a heavily forested area, making it very difficult to still see the waterfall, and with the daylight fading, I decided to turn back. As I turned around a red-eyed tree frog hopped onto a leaf in front of me, staring right at me. I was able to slowly step away … lifting my camera and taking the shot before it jumped much higher to the next leaf.”

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23 comments
Michel Polnicky
Michel Polnicky

First one as to find the frog, it ain't easy especially with that backgroud, everything could be gone in a second, it takes a special kind of person to capture this moment in time and to know how to apply there skills.

Bravo !

Kenny Braden
Kenny Braden

Wow, that was some incredible luck to have him/her look right at you. Some quick action to catch it also. The animal kingdom rarely cooperates with photographers. Amazing picture!

ethel wice
ethel wice

fantastic shot.Love  the bulging eyes.

Forrest Anderson
Forrest Anderson

It is the masterful lighting that makes the difference here. Well done.


Kerry Cooper
Kerry Cooper

Amazing shot! So out of my league it's inspiring....

Sammantha Fisher
Sammantha Fisher

@SELVAKUMAR BASKAR I appreciate your feedback on my photo. I believe it depends on what device you are viewing it on that may change the contrast and make it seem "too red." 

David Korte
David Korte

beautiful environmental portrait! Great lighting. 

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