I really don’t know much about frogs. In fact my only real experience with them is the many nights that my brothers and I went frog gigging when I was a boy. I can however say that they are about the stupidest creatures alive. Now, I’m sure that there are some of you out there that are true frog lovers or perhaps Dr. Egghead, the world’s leading authority on frogs will disagree with me. Perhaps you will point out all the cool and intelligent things that frogs are capable of but for my part I’ll continue thinking that they are just stupid!
The Camera On My Mobil Phone
For my part, being someone who is not necessarily taken with frogs, I have discovered that they can be fascinating animals to photograph. For the most part they are rather elusive little creatures and jump away and into whatever pond or creek they are near before you even see them. About a week ago however I was out with my wife and saw a small bullfrog setting on a lily pad in a little pond. It was a scene right out of my imagination of what a frog might look like. I decided to sneak over slowly and get as close as I could to grab a shot. I was able to get quite close and was very happy with the resulting photo. Sadly because I didn’t have a decent camera handy I resorted to using the camera on my phone. Though the composition of the photo was good the quality sucked. There is just no way that a phones tiny little lens can compare with good quality glass and a large full frame sensor.
Getting Close To Frogs
Because of this I decided to go back a week later with a better camera and a 105 MM macro lens and do the job right. In the end I spent about 30 or 40 minutes walking around the little pond and sneaking up on various frogs. I would belly crawl up to them and get as close as I could, often with in 3 or 4 inches. Moving as slow as I was I could even touch them but as the lens I was using won’t focus any closer than 3 or 4 inches that’s as close as I would get to actually snap the photos.
I never was able to get a frog that was perched to nicely on a lily pad like the first shot with my phone but I was able to get some decent shots but “herding” the frogs here and there to try and get them in a better angle or location. Many times they would jump away and splash into the pond and be lost. Other times however they would just move a bit and be in a much better position to be photographed.
Anyway, despite my low option of their mental capacity I have recently found that they make amazing subjects to photograph. Despite a bit of dirt and mud on my clothing I’ve also found that the lowly frog can, in many ways, be a better and more willing subject to photograph than humans.
To learn more about the American bullfrog have a look at the two links below.
Once again I attended the 23rd Annual May Day Fairie Festival at Spoutwood Farm in Glen Rock, PA. I guess I have to explore my inner tree hugger at least once a year. Last year my goal was to photograph the people that attended the festival. This year I’m not sure what my primary goal was be but I sure had fun photographing the event. This year I also captured some simple video as well which is something new and different for me.
Thank you once again to all those who allowed me the honor of sharing a Kodak moment with you. I do wish I’d bumped in to Lucy Wood and gotten a photo of her this year but with luck there’s always next year. I hope to see everyone again again as I snap a few photographs and explore my inner tree hugger. I hope to see you there!
Photos From The May Day Fairie Festival 2014
Video of The Drum Circle
Below is a short video of the drum circle.
A Day in the life of the Red Lion Fire Department is actually a story that was never finished. From November 2010 through July 2011 I worked a long-term editorial documenting the lives of firefighters of the Red Lion Fire Department. The original editorial was to be centered around the line officers and leadership of the department. Unfortunately the story was never finished. My writer developed serious health issues and was unable to finish the job.
Becoming a Volunteer at the Red Lion Fire Department
Despite the fact that the story was never completed or published it was without a doubt one of the best and most profound experiences of my life. In the end it actually led to me joining and becoming a volunteer at the Red Lion Fire Department myself. Even though donating my time as a volunteer is a noble and worthwhile cause there was something exhilarating about making photographs as the firefighters go about their daily lives. Simply put, making photographs is not only what I do but what I do best, excel at and love doing.
Over the eight month period that I rode with and documented the activities of the department I captured photos of everything I possibly could. I photographed their training, community service, emergency calls and life at the firehouse. All in all I capture just over 5000 photos in that eight months. Despite the fact that the editorial was never finished or published it seemed like a waste to not share some of these images and my experience with the world. Since then people have come and gone. Equipment has come and gone and many things have changed a great deal but it’s still nice remembering. With that in mind I would like you to join me as I look back and remember this incredibly rewarding experience.