18 September 2012


Common Toad (Bufo bufo)
Castro Laboreiro, Peneda-Gerês NP, Portugal


Yesterday afternoon the sky was overcast with dense black clouds. A fog set on, leaving no more than ten to twenty metres visibility in some places. No rain, though. These were the weather conditions I needed – besides being on adequate grounds – to make a photo I had pondered for long. I wished to photograph a Common Toad walking, expressing the feeling of movement. For that purpose, I had to find a willing Toad, not an easy thing to do, since it is a nocturnal animal, although it may come out of its hiding place in damp dark evenings, such the present one.

Nikon D3s + Nikon 60mm f2.8 AFS + 2x Nikon SB-26 + Lee Neutral 0.6 ND (soft)
iso 3200, 1/8, f11, -0.7 Ev