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Hippo in the trees?

Hippo in the trees?
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Copyright: gloria williams (touristdidi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 433 W: 0 N: 438] (2490)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Olympus 8080
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Outstanding [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-30 7:55
Viewed: 6361
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 65
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hippo in the tree reflections in the murky pool he calls home at the Chang Mai Zoo. No enemies, free food, no freedom. In zoos my children learned many of the wonders of nature, and some of the sadness inherit in their very nature of animals in cages, pens and pits.

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  • Great 
  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-11-30 7:57]

Excellent !

very beautiful job
good idea and nice reflect
you did it very well

another wish i had taken it shot...but i prefer the animals in the wild...
i have a hippo one taken in mara..later
but this is a great angle as well nearly suggesting a croc..but it does look sad and fed up..wonder if it ever got to lash out or take an underwater walk miles down a river..


Hi Gloria! It's normally the kind of trick that poeple do in PP. But here is very clear that you made it in camera.
Focus and sharpness are great. But best of all, I may be wrong but it looks to me that you took time to choose a POV so the Hippo would be located where there is no trees reflexion, giving a very good clarity of the image.
Very well done, and TFS.

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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2005-11-30 10:01]


Great composition, DOF and POV! Perfect capture. TFS.


Hello Gloria,

I love this photo, and its abstract illusion!

Your POV really makes this a special and unique capture.

Wonderful details, color, lighting and we can even see below the water.

Fantastic job, thank you!

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-11-30 10:41]

This is a very interesting picture, Gloria. The POV is rather original, and the reflections of the tree branches AND the calmness of the water make it look as though the hippo is floating in the air, instead of in the water. Very cool perspective and composition. The focus and exposure are excellent, Well done and TFS. : )

Hi Gloria,
swimming in the sky, this is marvelous.
The reflection in the water is so pretty together with this hippo, A wonderful POV, thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

  • Great 
  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2005-11-30 11:20]

I like very much your image, well done.Nice reflections. Open noze!

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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 11:27]

Hello Gloria!
Magnificent capture.Well seen and composed.Details are crisp clear and razorsharp.It looks like a hippomask flies on sky.Visual impact is excellent.Very well done!TFS...:-)

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  • sarju Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 10] (51)
  • [2005-11-30 12:13]

Fantastic shot Gloria
I love the way the head of the hippo seems to be between the reflections of the trees.
awesome shot ... tfs .. cheers ... sarju

Very nice overhead shot of this cool hippopotamus, it makes one feel as if it were emerging from ones computer screen. :)

  • Great 
  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-11-30 14:59]

wauuuuu superb
composition is great
colors and details wonderfull
very good work
TFS Libor :o)

Excellent details and sharpness, perfect composition and great colours. Fantastic work! Well done, Gloria.

Just points, not much time, sorry - Xplorator

Excellent. The angle is just fantastic. Very good composition and exposure.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-12-01 12:09]

Hello Gloria,
Wonderful capture.POV,colors,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS


Nice composition. Looks like he's coming through the sky.

Nice shot! Beautiful composition, the bright colours are fantastic, great photo, excellent work!
and many thanks for sharing!

This photo has amazing contrast.
It's a nice POV too!

Hi Gloria, Excellent photo. You took good care of POV, DOF, Focus and lighting. I agree with you with regards to cages and zoos. I prefer the freedom of the wild even if it is in a national park. I am blessed to be staying in a game park with all of the big five roam free including hippo and crocks. TFS and keep on shootin!!

Rien redire, magnifique !

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  • kirych Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 17 W: 8 N: 12] (76)
  • [2006-06-01 14:19]
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Hi, Gloria!
Wonderful reflection and Hippo! I like your capture and composition.
Amaizing work. Tanya.

amazing photo. as if it's taken from a sci fi movie. sharp focus. excellent dof. tfs. jes

  • Good 
  • doribd (38)
  • [2006-06-30 11:44]

Wow i love it, great shot.
Well done.

Hello Gloria

I simply cannot understand how I missed this photo back in 2005 but I did somehow.
This is a fantastic capture. The pov is excellent - very unusual and interesting. Great dof with very good sharpness and details. The composition is a dream and a very good example of what makes a photo interesting. The reflection of the trees makes a perfect framing of the Hippo and the diagonal line made by the Hippo just makes it even better.
A very interesting and pleasant picture to look at. I am very glad that I saw it on TNs opening page today.


Mi piace molto questa foto, Gloria!
Dettagli e colori molto belli, brava!

Ciao e grazie.

The reflections are great. Excellent shot!

Hi Gloria,

just an amazing shot; Colors, sharpness, angle and composition are great...
No cricism at all!


Wonderful effect!!
the reflection is perfect...
an unusual pov for Hippos.
Thanks, enrico.

great poic, TFS Ori

this is really awesone...wow, this deserve an award !!!!

Extraordinary shot! I like the idea very much. good work.

Hello Gloria,
This is an amazing composition, a great moment has been captured!
The mix of reflection and reality works very well...
Great details!
Pablo -

Hi Gloria
I add my praise to this excellent composition. All has been said by my predecessors. Congratulations!
Best regards

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