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Angry Hippo

Angry Hippo
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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1102 W: 95 N: 2611] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 120-300 F2.8
Exposure: f/5.6
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-11-29 14:11
Viewed: 10867
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Backlit hippo at Sunsetsam in Kruger. No PP, only a bit of frame. Just to show that I'm stil kicking and finding the odd change to shoot.
Hi All
I do miss you all. Paul is here in SA - saw him last week, went shooting together Friday afternoon. I'm sorry that I am so scarce, but my time for internet browsing is very little owing to other commitments. I do not get time to comment, so have stopped posting for this reason.
Take care, keep up the good work, - I see VERY high scores all round.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-11-29 14:16]

Hey Callie, so good to see you!
Playtime at the pool for these hippos. And is that a crocodile in the BG?
You are missed here very much. I still remember your so very helpful suggestions and tips - I owe a lot to you... :)
Thank you

Hi, my Friend,
it's great to see a post from you again, missed you.
Bathing with the hippos again ;-)) I love the low POV.
Well composed and nice colours.
Very well done.

Hello Callie, this is an excellent Picture. Great colours, excellent sharpness, a very nice composition. Well done. Thanks for sharing.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-11-29 15:35]

Hey Callie,

Nice too see you! I wish you would be around more often ...


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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2005-11-29 15:39]

boy i love to watch these guys...and they are fierce
i watched a bundle of them parked on the riverbank in tanzania and the little ones playing tag on the shore...
its fatal to get close
this shot says...watch out...good action and blur on the water..
fascinating lighting in africa..love it

Hi Callie. How nice to meet you again!
The wonderful SAfrican light in your photos have been missed.
Thanks for bringing this beautiful scene to us.
Hope to see you more often, my friend.
My best wishes, Felipe.

Nice POV.
Great to see work from somebody so loved. Excellent picture!!! Thank you so much for the intriguing photo..
Pleasure to meet you

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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2005-11-29 17:28]


Great Shot!! Lovely lighting and composition. VIbrant colours resulting from the backlight are beautiful.


P.S. Dankie vir die kommentaar oor die crop. Ek moet erken ek sien uit na die bos uitstappie met die nuwe speelding. Dis jammer julle kon nie saam gaan nie.

Allô Callie,
Contente de vous voir.
Excellente photo, j'aime la lumičre, trčs belle composition.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-11-29 18:15]

Sir de Wet!!!

So nice to have here today.
Excellent shot and well done on the composition. You did well with the backlit shot, excellent action.


Hi Callie,
Nice to see your stil kicking, and you haven't lost the touch. Great action shot. The composition is perfect, as is the exposure on this back lit shot. Looks like a pterry big gator tail in the backround. Dangerous place to play.

Hello Callie!

Very special treat to have you here today.

Wonderful photo, excellent composition, lighting and POV.

Great work, thank you for sharing it with us.

Please drop in whenever you can...

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2005-11-29 22:42]

You captured the decisive moment!
As would say HCB (Henri Cartier Bresson)

Good action picture with excellent shaprness and well exposed for a backlit subject. Would be interesting to understand what made him angry. TFS.

Oh, nice shot! I love this photos with the subject doing his regular things. That means the photographer managed to be not intrusive in that critter's live.

Regards, Petru

Hi Callie , good to see and hear from you ,I know how tight time can be to find to do every thing one would want to do in life, glad you felt able to post another of you excelent images, this is another well upto the standard you helped to establish for TN, the action is well seen and captured in the softer evening light.
Keep popping in and keep our standards up when you can, I think you if any body has , has earned the right to post the odd image without commenting back, from all the educational comments and images posted in the past.
It was realy good to see and hear from you , yours Robert

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-11-30 2:51]

Hi Callie, loooooong time!
I'm glad to see some work from you again. Very nice action picture, good African colours and light. These hippos could be surprising - I saw program on tv about hippos attacks - they're seems to be more dangerous than anything else!
Best wishes to you and I hope you'll return soon my friend!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-30 3:39]

Hello Callie!
Nice to see you back with an amazing shot.Warm lighting,moment you caought,POV,framing,details and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-11-30 3:54]

Belle composition, le moment est bien rendu.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-11-30 4:00]

Hi Callie,
So good to see you! I see you have not lost your touch : )
Great moment that you caught here. Lots of action.
We miss you and your wonderful pictures sorely.
Do come visit whenever you can. : )

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-11-30 5:56]

Bly om te sien jy is nog hier. Nice action. Warm colours add value.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-11-30 6:06]

Bardzo dobre zdjęcie akcji , ¶wietnie uchwycony ruch.

Hi Callie, great capture of these magnificent animals. Love the tail of the aligator in the background.

Best wishes


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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 0 N: 657] (2557)
  • [2005-12-01 9:35]
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Awesome action shot. Sunset Dam has proven to be profitable in the past for me too. Great work! Sheriff

Hello Callie, Excellent action shot! Very well composed..a great look. I miss your presence here at TN also. Glad to here you had some time to visit with Paul. Tell him I said Thanx for the photo he sent me if you see em' again before he leaves. Take Care stranger,

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-12-04 22:43]

Hello Callie!
I find that amusing to see animals of South Africa.
You were and you remain a mentor for me and much of others on TN. People as you are rare just as photographs like yours.
"Oh, to be rich & idle . . ." as you wrote in your Intro... it is me who would arrive on the first take-off towards your country to see my friend in his natural habitat ;-)
Great work as usual.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-04 23:02]

Excellent! Love the action, the POV, and that big croc tail in the upper right!-)))
Great picture!

I am pleased to find a post of you here. This is a very nice warm photo, Callie. Love the backlight and the action. Well done.

PS... post the impala.

I was doing a 'catchup' and checking back through the gallery and lookie here... it's Callie! What a wonderful surprise to see a post from you. This one is a real beauty... I see the title is 'Angry Hippo', but not sure if it is at play or something more serious as i can see an aligator tail in the BG. I love the lighting and the water being thrown around under foot. As always, a great post from you. If you don't venture by before Christmas, I will now wish you and yours a very happy day and TFS this great post.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-07 7:57]

Hi Callie, I hope you are well. Thanks for spending the day with me a Krugersdorp - It was very good.

This is a very nice scene. The hippo sure does look angry. I love all the splashing water and the catchlight in the eye.

Great shot.

Hi callie,
Good sharp detail and colours. Great POV.
Nicely composed and good exposure.
Thanks for posting. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
It's great to see a post from you again.

Was here recently - great lighting for this one and you lucky with the croc and hippo. We had lots rain and no crocs, hipos didn't wanna get out the water in case they got wet!!!! Cheers

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-04-29 4:45]

intresting. lovely action shot. i can see in background a crocodile tail! intresting and not so safe place. tfs.

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