To dye or to live

Front image: Dyeing Dart Frog, image created at the Zurich Zooh! on 20 November 2013, Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro. ISO 1600, f/4, 1/40s, Evaluative metering -1.

Another additions to the poisonous frog collection: Dyeing Dart Frogs.

Image created at the Zurich Zooh! on 20 November 2013, Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro. ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/8s, Evaluative metering -2/3.

Image created at the Zurich Zooh! on 20 November 2013, Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro. ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/8s, Evaluative metering -2/3.

These species take their name from the way some indigenous tribes use the frogs: rubbed on the skin of young parrots they will toxify the skin of the birds causing them to grow feathers of different colours.

Image created at the Zurich Zooh! on 20 November 2013, Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro. ISO 1600, f/4, 1/160s, Evaluative metering -1.

Image created at the Zurich Zooh! on 20 November 2013, Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro. ISO 1600, f/4, 1/160s, Evaluative metering -1.

There is a great diversity of colours and patterns, as well as different level of toxicity but are not generally dangerous, though sufficiently toxic to discourage predators.

Image created at the Zurich Zooh! on 20 November 2013, Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro. ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/50s, Evaluative metering -2/3.

Image created at the Zurich Zooh! on 20 November 2013, Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro. ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/50s, Evaluative metering -2/3.

I find them quite delicate but quite difficult to shoot, their environment is the jungle floor with dim light (which a good zoo will reproduce) but their vivid colour make it easy to overexpose one or two channels burning their most vivid colours.

Image created at the Zurich Zooh! on 20 November 2013, Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro. ISO 1600, f/4, 1/80s, Evaluative metering +2/3.

Image created at the Zurich Zooh! on 20 November 2013, Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro. ISO 1600, f/4, 1/80s, Evaluative metering +2/3.

Compared to the images I made 10 years ago I was pleased to see that I have made progress, but I am still unhappy with my number of keepers and this is definitely something I will do again at the occasion of a next visit to Switzerland.

Image created at the Zurich Zooh! on 20 November 2013, Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro. ISO 1600, f/4, 1/80s, Evaluative metering +2/3.

Image created at the Zurich Zooh! on 20 November 2013, Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro. ISO 1600, f/4, 1/80s, Evaluative metering +2/3.

To dye or to liveChristian C. Berclaz
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