The bronze frog (Rana clamitans clamitans) is one of the most commonly found species of frogs in Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, a 23,500-acre (9,510-hectare) patch of wilderness adjacent to New Orleans. A subspecies of the more commonly found green frog (Rana clamitans), the bronze frog was one of about 50 animal species documented in the 2013 BioBlitz by Meet Your Neighbours, a grassroots effort that involves photographers working within their local community in more than 40 countries.
"By photographing our subjects in the wild against a brilliantly lit white background, commonly found species that have often been taken for granted are revealed in a new way, encouraging a second glance or renewed interest from the viewer," said Clay Bolt, who with Scottish wildlife photographer Niall Benvie, cofounded Meet Your Neighbours in 2009.
Specimens are placed on a piece of opaque white plastic called Acrylite (Perspex in the United Kingdom). A flash is placed beneath the plastic (or behind it for plants).
"This light blows out the background and causes the more translucent areas of the subjects to glow, quite often to a spectacular effect," Bolt explained in an email.
"Another flash is placed in front or above the subject, which serves to fill in the shadows and provides the finishing touch. We like to give our subjects the celebrity treatment!"