Oriental Fire-Bellied Toad

Oriental Fire-Bellied Toad

Oriental Fire-Bellied Toad (Bombina orientalis) – Seoraksan National Park and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Republic of Korea

My brush with the poisonous Oriental Fire-Bellied Toad: Okay, so they’re are not the most dangerous amphibian in the world. They are only 2″ long, secrete a mild toxin ( you might want to wash your hands after holding one), are kept as pets by many Korean children, eats small aquatic arthropods, will pose stoically for photographers long enough so they can use a tripod,  and is actually a frog. I’m just saying…with a name like Oriental fire-bellied toad, I had my guard up!

Copyright 2014 O. Bisogno Scotti,  All Rights Reserved

Nikon N6006 SLR Nikkor AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f-2.8D ED, exposure: f/5.6, 1/8 sec., ISO 25, program mode: Aperture Priority, film: Kodak Kodachrome 25 35mm color transparency film, Mup mode, Manfrotto 3221 with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head,  Nikon MC-20 remote cable,  Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai, 35 mm film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software


19 thoughts on “Oriental Fire-Bellied Toad

  1. amandalyle1986. I thought it was time to take ” “Oriental Fire-Bellied Toad” out of the file cabinet I store all my film in and show him to the world. What an amazing little creature! Thanks for liking him.


    • For all the things you have mentioned, the credit must go to Kodachrome 64 transparency film, an extremely sharp and realistically saturated film that is no longer available. It was also the hardest film to use providing almost no leeway for exposure. More than 1/3 stop off on the plus or minus side and in the trashcan it went!

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      • Wow I am glad that back in the film days I only did black and white, I loved that colour didn’t get in the way of the object I was capturing

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      • I know. I was probably shooting 90% b&w in the film era. For me, It was about control. With b&w, I was able maintain control from capture to print. Color had to be handed off to a lab for developing and printing. When digital arrived, that all changed.

        I learned to love color (It wasn’t hard).

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