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    WHAT MAKES THIS PHOTO GREAT?
    Composition 15
    Lighting 12
    Creativity 16
    Story 14

    We heard the concerns voiced by many members of our community and asked several National Geographic experts to review this photograph. We have concluded that the frog was placed in this setting for the sole purpose of making a photo, but have no definitive proof that the animal was harmed. We asked for clarification from the photographer but did not receive it. We want to reiterate to our community that the ideal setting for photographing wildlife is in their natural habitat, behaving naturally. National Geographic does not support harming the subject or its environment for the sake of creating an image. We also expect full disclosure of how photographs are made. The photo will not be taken down because we'd rather learn from it than hide it.

    Monica Clare Corcoran
    Managing Editor, Your Shot
    65 comments
    Penkdix Palme
    Penkdix Palme

    aduuuuuuuuuuuuuuh all i am not doing nothing with this frog............
    one think the frog is still alive okay...........

    Volker Schenk
    Volker Schenk

    Hey, Penkdix wasn't too good manipulating this shot - he has better manipulated ones.

    You can clearly see:

    -the leaf, where the poor frog is fixed to in a human like position is not grown on the Aloa Vera plant

    - this leaf used as "umbrella" shows no back splash from the raindrops.

    This was the first shots of PP making me suspicious, and each time, I doubted myself and looked again in his gallery I found new controversies ....

    Volker Schenk
    Volker Schenk

    Commenting on NG's ignorance:

    I have to revise this, as actually NG responded to my letter and starts an investigation:

    Thank you, Monica Clare, for your attention and tapping into the issue(s)

    Your team answered to my concerns:Volker Schenk

    Subject: animal cruelty and likely manipulation AUG 07, 2013  |  10:45AM EDT 
    National Geographic replied:
    Hi Volker,
    Thanks for your message. Our editors are looking into this currently, and they appreciate your note to bring it to their attention. 
    Best,
    The National Geographic Community Team

    I am convinced, NG will find the right solution and I will start publishing photos again!

    Volker Schenk
    Volker Schenk

     Hi, Penkdix,

    Don't you think it is about time to come forward and reveal your manipulations to the NG Community? This could save NG from further severe damage its reputation will have - due to your action!

    Anyway, you had your fun and are recognized as a great talented photographer with emphasis on creativity, you easily can build up a career upon this.

    Soon NG can not protect you any more, you will be labelled as a con artist -just come forward and reveal how the shots were made - hope damage to frogs will turn out not too bad!

    I feel obliged to inform Prees about your manipulations and NG's ignorance, see a letter to Huffington Post's editor:

    This news is no news - for insider!

    It relates to Huffpost’s publishing of Penkdix Palme's "Dead Cat" and "Frog with umbrella" photos on NG, which had been achieved by severe animal abuse and manipulation.

    We all had been deceived by those photos published on "YourShot" on NG and favored them – including your editor in charge and me. Yet having some doubts, I examined PP's photos further; there is no doubt about manipulation and severe Animal abuse.

    ( More than ¼ million photographers compete there, I rank top ten with more than 50 years of photographic experience, that should count for me: http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/people/

    Anyway, I rather jeopardize my good ranking than support NG further, my ethical principles do not allow me to ….

    As your editor had been misled as well, I believe it is worth for HuffPost to tap in further, also when your results finding “just” some dead frogs might not be as spectacular as coming up with an abusing politician ;-)

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    N NOEL Zur Caled DELACRUZ
    N NOEL Zur Caled DELACRUZ

    How can a leaf of some kind be a part of an Aloe Vera leaf or stalk? It was stuck like a toothpick and used by a frog as an umbrella. Very CREATIVE work Penkdix but NOT a natural shot. You can FOOL others BUT NOT to a lot of us who will find the time to study and investigate your pictures or any pictures with similar situation that would cast a doubt in some of us. Great but NOT authentic.

    Volker Schenk
    Volker Schenk

    Hi, Penkdix,

    Looks like your poor frog needs some Aloe Vera, probably fixed to a leaf, however I doubt, that will bring it alive again.

    Please read, what I expressed as concerns to the National Geography Society:

    Hello,

    As many, I was surprised by a frog in the rain photo by Penkdix Palme and as many, I faved it.

    Later looking closely at the photo I had my doubts and left a comment, however Penkdix answered, he was using a slow shutter speed; OK so far!

    The rain looked unnatural to me, no splashes from the leaf etc. I told a friend, he looked at the photo and said, it s fake and sent me a link:

    http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-effects/rain/

    When I examined Penkdix photos further, I came across really good work, however manipulated photos like this – and worse, the frog photos with obviously added rain and stoned frogs.

    If I had come across the adventure frog on the frog Kontiki first, I had reacted faster, too obvious the manipulation there!

    The frogs seem to be treated or prepared, there are many concerns in the community, I could read a comment of Veronika Ko as well expressing her concerns very gently.

    When I came across the dead cat photo, I actually had to LoL, LoL, LoL – first about the pic and later wondering about the fact, it received a DD!

    Searching for it again, I remembered it was a DD and searched it there: All wonderful photos selected by the editor(s), I had to leave as many Favs as DDs!

    Selecting the Dead Cat photo by an editor of National Geography makes no sense to me at all, he or she must have had a (very) week moment: How can NG support heavy photo manipulation as well as severe animal cruelty abuse showing in one photo - this is absurd, the sooner this gets addressed the lesser the damage will be for National Geography.

    I had no time checking further on the dead cat manipulation, however Samantha  took the time, read the comment:

    SamanthaLyn Samuelson

    4 days ago

    This cat is alive in another image in your gallery and that date says it was taken the next day after it is dead in this image...????  And it received a Daily Dozen for this image of it being dead...perplexing in regards to the treatment of animals and perplexing about the reality of the image...too strange!  

    Now, you could look at the “Dead Cat” manipulation as fun, however with the frog manipulating there is no fun in. NOT AT ALL.

    Please understand, that  – for the time being  - I will NOT publish further photos on NG, until the problem is addressed and resolved.

    I am – in good company – here, because I enjoy nature and love animals. Here means National Geography, which promotes understanding of animals.

    English is not my native language, so please forgive me some hiccups.

    Instead promoting love for and understanding of our beloved brethren, this is neglecting the issue and looks like supporting animal cruelty and abuse.

    Looking at the Dead Cat photo I came across an English abbreviation, which I was not aware before LoL; I learned, feel alike and say: CoL : C R Y  out  L O U D !

    ......................................................................................................................................

    I hope, I am wrong, in this case please accept my apologies as well as my condolences for some death around you (Cat, frogs, who knows what else?)

    HULYA COSKUN
    HULYA COSKUN

    Amazing fr0g sh0ts...really verry well d0ne...

    Joan Rankin Hayes
    Joan Rankin Hayes

    Amazing series of frog shots!  Just love them!  Congrats :)

    J'aime Ohm
    J'aime Ohm

    Is there a way to purchase this image for personal use at a high resolution?

    Shannon Murphy
    Shannon Murphy

    I would LOVE to have this shot as my desktop wallpaper. Anyone know how/if I can do that?

    Chamara Prasad
    Chamara Prasad

    wow...uncommon image of a frog. Great piece of work!

    Tyler Skelton
    Tyler Skelton

    That's amazing. Good shot bro! If you want, look at my profile and see what you think of my p frog photos haha and other ones too :)

    Prem Kumar Antony
    Prem Kumar Antony

    do you have facebook .. pleas add me .. would like to invite you to our facebook international photo group

    g. rao
    g. rao

    Beautiful capture.

    Kaiwalya Limaye
    Kaiwalya Limaye

    Just AMAZING.....Who says man is the only "Intelligent" creature???:)

    Amit Sigger
    Amit Sigger

    MASTER PIECE , BEAUTIFUL COMPOSITION ! 


    Pat Yeaman
    Pat Yeaman

    A great Fro capture!  Wonderful composition.

    YUMI OTA
    YUMI OTA

    Great shot,Penkdix Palme!!  It looks like he is a little tired!! So cute! (^_^)v

    Volker Schenk
    Volker Schenk

    @N NOEL Zur Caled DELACRUZ

    Noel, you are on track!

    See, what I sent to Huntinton Post:

    This news is no news - for insider!

    It relates to Huffpost’s publishing of Penkdix Palme's "Dead Cat" and "Frog with umbrella" photos on NG, which had been achieved by severe animal abuse and manipulation.

    We all had been deceived by those photos published on "YourShot" on NG and favored them – including your editor in charge and me. Yet having some doubts, I examined PP's photos further; there is no doubt about manipulation and severe Animal abuse.

    ( More than ¼ million photographers compete there, I rank top ten with more than 50 years of photographic experience, that should count for me: http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/people/

    Anyway, I rather jeopardize my good ranking than support NG further, my ethical principles do not allow me to ….

    As your editor had been misled as well, I believe it is worth for HuffPost to tap in further, also when your results finding “just” some dead frogs might not be as spectacular as coming up with an abusing politician ;-)

    Penkdix Palme
    Penkdix Palme

    i am already sign in but why can not comment...???

    Penkdix Palme
    Penkdix Palme

    @kitty meow i never checkin there i don't know how must sign in hehehe :D
    also why my picture in there u can help me...??? cos i am never upload in there..??

    N NOEL Zur Caled DELACRUZ
    N NOEL Zur Caled DELACRUZ

    @Volker Schenk @N NOEL Zur Caled DELACRUZ 

    Volker,

    Thank You for your hard work of pushing the NG editors to investigate or do something about this FRAUD. I honestly believed that this picture and his other pictures has been manipulated in so many ways. I zoomed in and zoomed  out repeatedly to look for inconsistency; and even I am NOT a professional photographer, I do believed that this kind of work or form of art belong somewhere else. There's other place for that BUT NOT here at NG. If only PP has the courage to come forward and come clean; however as I read his comment from the other FROG Picture, PP still denying that his PICTURES has NOT been PHOTOSHOP.  If only PP accept the fact and the TRUTH that he CANNOT FOOL ALL of us. Sorry that we see these kind of FRAUD in here.

    Robert Michael Murray
    Robert Michael Murray moderator expert

    @Muhammad Awais @J'aime Ohmthank you for your comments. We ask that you respect the rights of our Your Shot photographers and that you do not try to steal images of the website. We understand your enthusiasm for the photo, but there is not a wallpaper version available at this time.

    kitty meow
    kitty meow

    @Penkdix Palme your welcome, if you decide to share your great photos there let me know I'd love to add you to my Watch list so I can see more of your work

    kitty meow
    kitty meow

    @Penkdix Palme Apparently they took your photo and tried to pretend it was theirs.  They got caught thankfully 

    Robert Michael Murray
    Robert Michael Murray moderator expert

    @Shannon Murphy @Muhammad Awais thank you for your comments. We ask that you respect the rights of our Your Shot photographers and that you do not try to steal images of the website. We understand your enthusiasm for the photo, but there is not a wallpaper version available at this time.

    Photo Details
    Date Taken: May 15, 2013
    Date Uploaded: May 19, 2013
    Location: Jember, East Java, Indonesia
    Camera: Canon EOS 1100D
    Focal Length: 150 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/40 sec
    Aperture: f/5
    ISO: 400
    Copyright: © Penkdix Palme
    Categories: Animals
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