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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-14
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-14 8:42
Viewed: 5898
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Despite their physical resemblance to pigs and other terrestrial even-toed ungulates, their closest living relatives are cetaceans—whales, porpoises and the like. The common ancestor of whales and hippos split from other even-toed ungulates around 60 million years ago. The earliest known hippopotamus fossils, belonging to the genus Kenyapotamus in Africa, date to around 16 million years ago.

The hippopotamus is recognizable for its barrel-shaped torso, enormous mouth and teeth, hairless body, stubby legs and tremendous size. It is similar in size to the White Rhinoceros; only elephants are consistently larger. Despite its stocky shape and short legs, it can easily outrun a human. Hippos have been clocked at 30 mph (48 km/h) while running short distances, faster than an olympic sprinter. The hippopotamus is among the most dangerous and aggressive of all animals, and are thought to be Africa's most dangerous animal. There are an estimated 125,000 to 150,000 hippos remaining throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, of which Zambia (40,000) and Tanzania (20,000-30,000) have the largest populations. They are still threatened by poaching for their meat and ivory canine teeth, and by habitat loss.

Alex99, gerbilratz, writerscrawlz, Tamrock, matatur, Jamesp, Necipp, earthtraveler, maurydv, boreocypriensis, Evelynn, albert, Adanac, lgfoto, cicindela, SelenE has marked this note useful
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To albert: I'm looking forward...vanderschelden 1 03-15 09:32
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Hi Annick.
Very pictorial scenery and so beautiful "lady" (if I am not mistaken). Simply great widest DOF You use so small aperture value very seldom. This case is for that apertures. Amazing lighting, colours and details. Skin reproduction is wonderful too. Bravo and best regards.

Hi Annick, very good "full" profile of hippo, lovely patterns on the skin showing wonderful colouration...very nice picture and interesting notes TFS

I love the composition. The image is sharp, and the composition is stunning. I get to see the full body of this female, getting a sense of how large she is. Magnificent!

hi annick!
very nice shot on this mighty and fine animal!
sharp and in a nice lightning
well done!

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-03-14 10:01]

Ola Annick
Linda foto deste hipopotamo enorme, a luz solar deixou a foto com um efeito especial, a nitidez ficou muito boa mesmo. A composição de fundo ficou legal.

Despite your omnious writings, this finely captured specimen looks cuddly and cute Annick, but I must admit that I never saw a live specimen in wilderness yet...

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-14 10:15]

Hi Annick

Lovely exposure - the detail is excellent. Well seen and captured.


Hello Annick, excellent shot of this hippo. The light was perfect, very sharp indeed. You could see all the skin textures. Good eye contact, nice close composition, technically v. well done. I like the light and the angle of the shadow to the animal. tfs Rgds Necip

Hi Annick, Fine shot of this hippo. Love the sharp detail and lighting. Tfs and hope you have a wonderful weekend. Richard

Once again, perfect shot of the whole body of a hippo. Great details on its skin texture. I didn't have a chance to get this close to one to get a good shot of them and they won't come out of the water. I like the very rich tone and color of this one.

thank you for this little cuttie!
Wonderful light.
I have never the skin of hippos was so "goose-like". Although, I spent an hour watching it quite closely at San Diego Zoo.
Hippos are just lovely. Just look at this smile!
Unfortunately, they have different from their relatives - whales- temper.. I experienced that in Ethiopia with a big male...
Great work as always

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-03-14 12:49]

It's beautiful! Wonderful model

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-14 14:23]

Wow Annick!
This shot is superb!!
There's so much detail in the warty skin.
Very good exposure and superb soft lighting.
Great composition and POV.
Nice colours.
Very, very well done,


Bellissima immagine, ottima composizione che esalta la grossa mole dell'ippopotamo, eccellenti i dettagli e magnifici i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hi Friend Annick,
Another lovely river horse:-) now bank horse:D. Greet composition as usual! TFS.

Hello Annick,
Another fine presentation of the Hippo!
the exposure and focus is so fine here with so much sharpness, good colour and details on the lady!
well done always

This is a wonderful sharp image Annick. You captured all the disproportionate beauty of this gal/guy. There is something so amusing and endearing about them with that big mouth, tiny ears and little eyes. Nice work.

Evelynn : )

Hello Annick,
Very good photo with sharp details
Nice light and colors
Well done
PS: You gave me an idea and I will post one of my hippopotamus' interesting photo tomorow

Hallo Annick,
dit Dikkertje Dap heb je er mooi op staan met veel scherpte en mooie kleuren.
zijn dit allemaal foto's van 1 vakantie?

groet Gert

Hi Annick, superb portrait of this very large creature, splendid sharpness and wonderful details, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-15 10:25]

Annick, Superb just simply amazing. Super details and great color and lovely composition. ganesh

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-16 4:23]

Hello Annick,
This is so lovely to see this hippo in her natural habitat. Your camera work is impeciable with the focus and expose spot on. Thank you for sharing this great piece of work with us .

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-16 9:25]

Hello Annick, great shot of the Hippo, I love the sharpness in the textures of the skin. The exposure is perfect and the pose is fantastic, well done, thanks!


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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2008-03-16 14:14]

Hi Annick. Very good composition and good DOF.TFS

Thank you for your helpfull comments to my recent post.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-16 19:22]

Hello Annick

Wonderful lighting ,the colours are beautiful.
The textures and details are sharp and well focused.
You have filled the frame well with this hippo.
Excellent POV and DOF.
Well done.


Dear Annick!
Hippos are not very beautiful mammals as for me, but this picture shows a very nice and beauty individual. I am really surprised that it is so... clear! No mudd or similar "things" on its body are visible, what is rather common in this species seen in the wild. Perfect DOF and sharpness, and thanks to them this is a one of the best photo of hippo I have seen on TN :)
Best greetings from Lodz,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-26 1:37]

Hi Annick,
Very nice capture of this big boy (or girl :o) Light, pose you captured, composition, clarity, focus and sharpness look very good. TFS

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