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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-14
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon F100, Nikkor 300mm AF-S f/4, Fuji Velvia 50
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-05-23 5:11
Viewed: 5500
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Hippopotamus
(Hippopotamus amphibius = river-horse), from the Greek (hippopotamos, hippos meaning "horse" and potamos meaning "river"), is a large, plant-eating African mammal, one of only two living, and three or four recently extinct, species in the family Hippopotamidae.

Also called hippos, are gregarious, living in groups of up to 40 animals, called a pod, herd, school or bloat. A male hippo is known as a bull, a female, a cow, and a baby, a calf. A hippo's lifespan is typically 40 to 50 years. Female hippos will reach sexual maturity at 5 to 6 years, and have a gestation period of 8 months.

Hippos average 3.5 metres (11 ft) long, 1.5 meters (5 ft) tall at the shoulder, and weigh from 1,500 kg to 3,200 kg (3,300 to 7,000 lb). They are approximately the same size as the White Rhinoceros, and experts are split on which is the next largest land animal after the elephant. Male hippos appear to continue growing throughout their lives, whereas the females reach a maximum weight at around the age of 25. Females are smaller than their male counterparts, and normally weigh no more than 1,500 kg. The value given above of 3,200 kg is often quoted as being the upper limit of weight for a male hippo. However, larger specimens than this have been documented, including one of which weighed almost five tonnes. Even though they are a bulky animal, hippopotamuses can run faster than a human on land. There are estimates of its actual running speed varying from 30 km/h (18 mph) to 40 km/h (25 mph), or even 48 km/h (30 mph).

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belle prise mais a déplorer ce fond qui derait parfait avec un WS
mais très joli travail quand meme

Hi Andrea,
Another great picture from you. I like the composition a lot. Great warm color tone. Very well seen. TFS

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-23 5:56]

Hello Andrea,
Excellent,unusual capture.Vivid colors,POV,moment you caught,lighting,details and composition are wonderful.

A beautiful Moment.. wonderfull focus and colours
TFS :)

Hi Andrea,
Back to the hippos. Great DOF and excellent sharpness. I jsut love the moment you've captured. The light and sharpness are super.


Wonderful action pic. The Composition, Colours, Lighting, POV and Sharpness are all great. TFS,

Hello Andrea!
Great and unusual photo! Superb velvia colours! Very nice composition. Good work!

Hi Andea,
An excellent shot on this group of Hippos. Comp. and framing look excellent. Great color saturation. Sharp detail! Looks great.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-05-23 7:42]

Hi Andrea, good capture of the little hippo shouting out to the crowd! They all look quite pink in the water, but so nice and clear to see. Well done,

Hello Andera, Great capture, excllent details perfct colors, BG, DOF are perfcect, Great work, TFS Kyle

Hi Andrea,
Great shot, very good interest here..
Excellent open mouth view :)
Well done and Thank You for sharing this one.

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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2006-05-23 8:58]

Nic4e shot Andrea, The colors are very vivid and good contrast. The sharpness give a good effect. Well Done

excellente photo.
les couleurs sont superbes, le sujet maitrisé...
Un seul regret, que le font ne soit pas plus net afin que l'on puisse voir aussi la savane qui se trouve en arrière plan...(Ce n'est que mon point de vue)
Mais c'est une très beau cliché
Bravo et merci

Fantastic, the color composition, DOF, BG and POV is just nice. TFS

Bonjour Andrea
C'est une très belle prisede vue que cette bande d'hypopotames le sujet est intéressant,lesdétails et les couleurs sont supers.
Bravo et merci....JP

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-05-23 10:43]

Hi Andrea,
An exceptional capture that show us this natural scene! Natural color, composition and POV very good!
José M.

What a glorious shot, Andrea!
The one with its mouth wide open looks like a stern sergeant yelling at the marching recruits!
Well done and TFS.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-05-23 14:04]

Hi Andrea
Great composition and very nice colours. Also good DOF, details and POV.
Well done


Great capture Andrea! Great moment also and I like the colours, better than the colours is the great bg here. Very well done!Thank you,

Hi Andrea:

I did a workshop on your photograph to remove the top portion of the blurred background. It was little bit irritating to the eye.
Hope you like it.


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