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2nd Dart Frog Photography!

                                                  Amazing Frogs: 2


 This second Dart Frog trip is planned for August 23rd. The maximum size of the group is 6, to assure a quality experience. 

Amazing opportunity! We will spend an entire day photographing up to 50 species of South American Dart and Red-Eye Tree Frogs. Here in Tennessee! We will be provided special access where the public is not allowed.

The Tennessee-bred frogs originate from many countries including Brazil, French Guiana, Panama, Surinam and Costa Rico. Many are now endangered and rare in their native habitat but thriving here. 

We will photograph exotic species such as Tinctorius, Auratus, Leucomelas, or Vittatus. In a kaleidoscope of colors, we will hear descriptive names like Blue Ipaliwini, Cobalt, Powder Grey, Yellowbacks, Citronella, Super Blue, Green/Bronze, Microspot, El Cope, or Giant Orange.

Are Dart Frogs dangerous? Not these, because they are not eating plants or insects from their native jungles. The Tennessee-bred frogs are completely safe to handle. 

The Red-Eyed Tree Frog is not a Dart frog. The soft, green frogs with large red eyes are truly captivating and make endearing subjects.

 We will depart from the Renaissance Center in Dickson, Tennessee. Transportation is included as we all travel together for 2 hours by van to the location. Shooting is indoors (air-conditioned) only a few feet from thousands of frogs, tadpoles and eggs. The included lunch and refreshments will be enjoyed on location to maximize our shooting time. 

Photography will take place in controlled lighting with attractive backgrounds and colorful tropical plants. The breeder is providing 2 "Frog-Wranglers". The Wranglers will be with us all day, catching and posing frogs. 

Equipment is easy. This is close-up photography. Macro lens are great but any lens which can close focus will do the job. Flash is needed to allow good depth-of-field and a reasonably fast shutter speed for hand-held shooting.  A tripod is not desirable.

For your option and convenience, 2 DSLR cameras with macro lenses and ring flashes will be available for use. I shot the photo above using a 50mm macro with a ring flash. The ring flash was rented from lensrental.com (they are located in Brentwood but will ship to your home).

Bring extra camera cards. You can quickly shoot hundreds of photos!

 We will take a break to discuss editing. Tools and techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop will be demonstrated to help you get the "perfect" frog pic.

Imagine the cost of traveling to Central and South America to photograph such a variety of frogs. This is a rare chance to get an entire collection of gallery photos in a single day!

The tuition for this photography trip is $150.00. This includes transportation, exclusive access, a full day of shooting, 2 Frog-Wranglers, lunch, refreshments, tropical plants and backgrounds, 2 DSLR cameras/flash, and a mini-workshop using Lightroom/Photoshop.

Limit---6 photographers. 


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  • Karen B.

    It was great. I learned a lot and had a great time.

    1 · August 25, 2014

  • Doug J.

    Thank you James and Angie. James, the photos you posted are great! I am anxious to see Karen's and Angie's photos.

    1 · August 23, 2014

    • James Q

      Thanks, Doug. The photos are pretty much straight out of the camera other then cropping and a few other minor edits.

      August 23, 2014

  • James Q

    Thanks, Doug, for setting everything up. You're a great host along with USA Frogs!

    August 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you so much Doug!!!! And USA Frogs!!!! I got to hold a dart frog!!!! Wahoo!

    1 · August 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Amazing day!!!!

    1 · August 23, 2014

  • Doug J.

    Great buy, James! I have a very similar product called a Ray Flash. It works great. You made a smart investment.

    1 · August 21, 2014

    • James Q

      I saw the Ray Flash, which looks a little nicer but also pricier. I'm planning to bring at least one my 580EXII flashes as well as my 430EXII, which I'll use with the Olympus.

      1 · August 21, 2014

  • James Q

    I bought a couple of these inexpensive ring flash adapters to fit over my Canon 580EXII flashes and it works great. At full power, I can shoot at f/11 at ISO200 with the EF 100mm L Macro lens. It works better than the $35 ring (constant) lights, where I still have to bump up to ISO800+, and much cheaper than the real $500+ ring flashes.
    http://www.amazon.com/ePhoto-4300EX-SB-800-ePhotoInc-F165/dp/B005NJHCSQ/

    August 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I sure would like to attend, but can't afford it. Gue, l would just like to see these creatures.. Enjoy, and take loads of pictures.

    August 15, 2014

  • Lisa

    Just wanted to check a couple of things to be sure I am able to attend. Is the facility where we are shooting all on one level? I have difficulty with stairs. Is the van easy to get in and out and is there room for a fold-up stool or my fold-up wheel chair?

    August 14, 2014

  • A B.

    Would love to attend let me know if any more openings pls?

    August 14, 2014

  • Olimpia

    Hi Doug . I tried to RSVP but sends me straight to wait list even though it shows 3 people attending . Is that correct? Thank you

    August 14, 2014

    • James Q

      Hi Olimpia, Doug might have been holding a spot for me, in which case, you should be able to go once he sorts it all out.

      August 14, 2014

    • James Q

      Hi Olimpia, Doug did already save me a spot, so I freed it up for you to go. See you there!

      1 · August 14, 2014

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