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  Sometimes the viewer needs additional clues in a photograph that give some idea of size. We all know the general size of a car or a house, for example. But the tiny Illinois chorus frog - only about an inch-and-a-half long - looks like any other frog until it is perched on a researcher’s finger where its true size (or lack thereof) becomes apparent. Photographers need to be aware of what the viewing audience can be expected to know ahead of time, and what we information we need to add.

  The first photo shows the rare Illinois chorus frog clinging to floating vegetation. But it’s not until we see it in contrast with the finger do we really get the message. The first photo has its value, however. It includes all the field marks one needs to positively identify an Illinois chorus frog. There is the “V” mark between the eyes on top of the head; the spot below the eye; the light underside; and the fairly stout forearms used for digging.

  Often photographers work hard to exclude distracting or extraneous elements that take away from the subject. In this case, leaving a few clues in place can make all the difference.

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