04 Mat­ing Toads

Mike Hud­son

NPhoto - - Photographer of the Year 2016 -

More spring be­hav­iour – this time toads mat­ing. The tech­ni­cal chal­lenges of cap­tur­ing a shot like this must have been con­sid­er­able, not least when you con­sider just how well the com­po­si­tion hangs to­gether. The light­ing and ex­po­sure are spot on, too, and the dou­ble bub­ble that echoes the shape of the mat­ing pair is a nice – if serendip­i­tous – touch. We also love that the pondweed around the clinch­ing cou­ple is fes­tooned with the fruits of their labour. Nikon D800, 105mm f/2.8, 1/250 sec, f/3.2, ISO64

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