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Copyright: Peter Thomas (FunkyMunky) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 0 N: 608] (3154)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-06
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Sigma DG 150-500 mm APO HSM OS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-11 2:10
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Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We have just returned from a trip to Kruger National Park. I will start posting the latest pics for the next week or so. This photo was taken in low light conditions, I was surprised that it came out so well at a setting of 800 ISO. I used a beanbag draped over the car window to steady the camera.
Taken just outside Lower Sabie Camp at the Sunset dam

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Hi Peter, my neighbour today.
Very interesting Hippo. I can see such an animal in the zoo. So, thanks a lot for this.
Great point of view and composition.
Have a nice Saturday,

Hi Peter,

Very nice capture of this huge beast, good low point of view with nice eye contact, impressive depth of field and sharp around the head area, unfortunate about the unfavourable light here Peter, but a lovely picture indeed,
Congratulations and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,


Hallo Peter
This big fellow surely has his eye on you! Love the direct eye contact it has with you, the almost shyish look and most of all I just love those tiny ears. I am always amazed about the size of the ears in comparison with its massive body. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Peter,

today many beautiful photos, i choose this because i don't find this species just outside my home...thank goodness!Composition and eye contact are OK, taken from a privileged POV, but the details are the "surplus value" here.The amount of scars on the hippo's thick skin, besides being well made from a graphical viewpoint, it's a demonstration of how aggressive these huge animals are -and not only just among them- .Too bad for the unfavourable light creating a slight OE on the back of this magnificent specimen.



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-11 6:36]

Hello Peter,
Excellent photo of this hippo in fantastic natural light and colours. Impressive eye contact. Very sharp and detailed. Taken from a very good low POV.

WOW Peter, what a fantastic shot of this hippo. You were so lucky to get such a good shot. I just have ones where they are playing in the water which I will place soon. You've managed to get such clear detail. It's absolutely fantastic and tfs my friend. Enjoy your weekend.

Excellent photograph of this interesting and dangerous animal. The most famous South African animal was a hippo, by the name of Huberta, that wandered 1600 Km in three years from the St Lucia estuary to East London in the Eastern Cape. She became very popular and was declared royal game. In 1931 she was illegally shot by three hunters who were tracked down and fined. Her stuffed body is on display in the Amathole Museum in King William's Town. Hippo's have been re-introduced to the Eastern Cape and a few have migrated up the Kat River into the citrus producing area only a few kilometres downstream from my home town. Sadly, one had to be shot recently as it had become a danger to the people living there.

Very well done in the poor light conditions. A pleasure to view.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6507 W: 89 N: 15620] (65341)
  • [2011-06-12 1:07]

Hi Peter,beautiful low point of view and magnificent perspective,an excellent work in a light not easy,great details,sharpness and reflections,i like it!Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-06-13 2:48]

Hello Peter,
this is an exciting and dramatic low view shot. The hippo looks more enormous and th eye contact is good. He looks very cautious.
exciting shot in straight simple view.


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