Blaine Amidon catches a frog in sunlight at just the right moment.

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Photographer: Blaine Amidon Photo taken: Taken on July 29, 2018 in Edmonds Photographer’s description: “I was in our backyard looking at our first water lily flower of the year and found a nice surprise. I saw the sunlight was moving through the trees over the pond. So, I waited until the frog was in the sunlight and the rest of the pond was dark and was able to get this shot. Taken with a Nikon D750 and a 70-300mm lens.” Critique: “Sometimes a little bit of patience and planning really pays off. The super sharp sunlit frog really stands out and drew my eye straight to the subject of the photo. It’s also nice that the flower and lily pads create a nice darker contrast that continues throughout the foreground and background.”


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