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Pond photography

TJ

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I found a tiny park hidden away in my central Tokyo neighborhood with a wonderful pond full of
Eastern Japanese Common Toad (Bufo japonicus formosus) eggs. The area where I live is a real concrete jungle so it's a wonder that such places remain at all
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I'm planning to make frequent visits over the coming days and weeks to practice pond photography in advance of some trips scheduled for March to photograph Hynobius egg sacs in ponds. I took these today in my digital SLR camera's normal mode without the aid of a polaring filter to counter glare, but plan to use a filter next time. Any tips would be appreciated
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Would a filter have taken care of the kind of glare seen in these pics? Since using a filter results in a darker image, how would one compensate for that?

Also, a question about toad egg sacs that has some bearing on Hynobiids and their larger-than-the-salamander-that-laid-them egg sacs: how does one toad lay an egg sac this long? I mean, some of these sacs look to be a meter or so in length! They obviously must swell with the absorption of water from the pond. Did I just answer my own question or is there more to it than this?
 
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Nice photos Tim. There's minimal glare there and I doubt a polarizer will remove much more. It's probably not worth it for the light sacrifice.

Toads lay eggs like that in strings, not in clumps - the female will lays an egg or two at a time and covers them with jelly, moves on a bit and keeps doing it to build the chain you see, so she doesn't produce them all in one go or anything.
 

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Thanks John, I didn't know that about toads. Amazing critters. As for the reflection, well then I guess it all just comes down to standing in the right spot
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I had to engage in some acrobatic acts to get the shots shown above. Too bad there were no salamander egg sacs.
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