Fire Bellied Toad
Underwater photography has always intrigued me but the time and cost to become proficient at it just didn’t fit into my schedule or my budget! I am always dreaming of new ways to use my macro lenses and after a trip to the aquarium; where photography is difficult at best, I decided I would take the same approach as photographing through glass but at the convenience of my own home. The Sigma 70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro would be perfect for this! Off to the local pet store I went and purchased a 2&1/2 gallon fish tank and 2 fire bellied toads. I then went to a local pond and used a container to grab some duckweed out of it. I placed a stone and the duckweed into the tank and then the toad. I used 2 printed backgrounds (one of a sky and one of dark out of focus greenery) and carefully positioned them at the water line. I also used a gold reflector to light the underside of the toad and a friend to constantly clean the glass of the toads’ footprints. They now reside in my large fish tank upstairs.