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It's the Latest Fashion!!

It's the Latest Fashion!!
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon EF 300mm f2.8 USM IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-12 3:44
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Favorites: 2 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have not had time to process any more of my recent shots, so here is one I took at Christmas in Uganda. I posted another of the same hippo with water hyacinth on its head, but it fell off as it opnened its mouth.

The hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), from the Greek ιπποπόταμος (hippopotamos, hippos meaning "horse" and potamos meaning "river"), is a large, mostly plant-eating African mammal, one of only two extant in the family Hippopotamidae (the other being the Pygmy Hippopotamus).

The hippopotamus lives a primarily aquatic lifestyle in the rivers and lakes of sub-Saharan Africa in large groups of up to 40 hippos. During the day they remain cool by staying in rivers; they emerge at night to feed on grass. Reproduction and childbirth both occur in water. Despite their resemblance to pigs or other terrestrial mammals, their closest living relatives are cetaceans whales, porpoises and the like.

The hippopotamus is recognizable for its barrel-shaped torso, hairless body, stubby legs and tremendous size. They are roughly the same size as the White Rhinoceros, only elephants are always larger. Although there are still tens of thousands of hippos throughout Africa, they are still threatened by poaching and change of habitat.

Hippos average 3.5 meters (11 ft) long, 1.5 meters (5 ft) tall at the shoulder, and weigh from 1,500 to 3,200 kilograms (3,300 to 7,000 lb). They are approximately the same size as the White Rhinoceros, and experts are split on which is the largest land animal after the different species of elephant. Male hippos appear to continue growing throughout their lives, whereas the females reach a maximum weight at around age 25. Females are smaller than their male counterparts and normally weigh no more than 1,500 kg. The value 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 which weighed about 4,500 kg (10,000 lb) and measured about 5 meters (16 ft) long. Their skin is 4 centimeters (1.5 in) thick, and accounts for 25% of their weight. Even though they are bulky animals, hippopotamuses can run faster than a human on land. There are estimates of their running speed varying from 30 km/h (18 mph) to 40 km/h (25 mph), or even 50 km/h (30 mph). The hippo can maintain these higher estimates for only a few hundred meters or yards.

The eyes, ears, and nostrils of the hippo are placed high on the roof of the skull. This allows them to spend most of the day with the majority of their body submerged in the waters and mud of tropical rivers to stay cool and prevent sunburn.

For additional protection from the sun, their skin secretes a natural sunscreen substance which is red-colored. This secretion is sometimes referred to as "blood sweat," but is neither blood nor sweat. This secretion starts out colorless and turns red-orange within minutes, eventually becoming brown. There are two distinct pigments that have been identified in the secretions, red and orange. The two pigments are highly acidic compounds. They are known as red pigment hipposudoric acid and orange one norhipposudoric acid. The red pigment was found to inhibit the growth of disease-causing bacteria, lending credence to the theory that the secretion has an antibiotic effect. The light absorption of both pigments peaks in the ultraviolet range, creating a sunscreen effect. Hippos all over the world secrete the pigments, so it does not appear that food is the source of the pigments. Instead, the animals may synthesize the pigments from precursors such as the amino acid tyrosine.

Taken with x1.4 converter on lense.

PaulH, Debz, Alex99, SelenE, ramthakur, pirate, vanderschelden, marhowie, nglen, cicindela, Matt-Bird, gannu, tomcezar, Tage, uleko, delic, pilonm has marked this note useful
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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-07-12 3:59]

Nice one James, very amusing moment you've caught here! Spot on DOF and great exposure, one for my faves i think..

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-07-12 5:10]

Hi James.
Subject of your amazing picture is funny and superb. Quality of the shot is excellent too. This is great godsend for every photographer. You are luckier. Bravo and best wishes to you and to you cute model -:))).

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-12 5:12]

Hi James,
He has an interesting camouflage :o)Composition, pose and exposure handling are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

Love the camouflage, an animal after my own heart. Superb capture, really envious.

James, this is a hugely hilarious shot of a hippo. The vegetation gives the appearance of growing out of this fellow's back. With its mouth open, the animal looks very funny :-)!
I would class this among the funniest animal images published on TN.
Thanks for the laugh.

That's a nice one. I really had problems to get decent pictures of hippos, they are not very fotogenic. But this one was!

Hello James...
:-))))...it is the latest fashion:-))
Fantastic image...

Hi James,
Cute title, it works for me.
This one has that something special..and that's a mouthful ;)
Excellent all around, I like it.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-07-12 11:09]

Hello James,
I've seen hundreds of hippos in Africa, specially in Uganda. I was lucky if I got a photo of a hippo with open mouth, but you photographed him dressed as well. Fantastic!

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-07-12 11:56]

Hello James,
Lovely shot of the beauty queen, they are very attractive animals. Great POV and composition, the photo is also very sharp
..Well Done

"I'll Be Back"

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-12 12:30]

Hi James.he thinks its funny so do I. a very clear shot showing fine detail and colour. nice to get this close. very well done TFS. good notes too.

Dear James!
I just have a short break after my field studies in Spala Landscape park and before trip to Macedonia so there is some time for TN ;>
This is a very funny picture, the hippo looks like a dancer with green dress ;>
So you have right - this has to be the last fashion among these mammals ;>
TFS and have a nice evening!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-12 14:29]

Hi James,
a funny shot :)
Sharp with an excellent POV.
Well done,

Amusing photo with hippo captured at the right moment. Clarity is outstanding.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-13 0:30]

Hi James,
Your shots and locations never fail to amaze me. This is absolutely a fantastic shot and a fabulous moment freezed. The Hippo is perturbed at the transgression of his privacy and the expression says it all - or was it yawning, ha ha. Very neat image with nice colours and spot on focus. The environment is aptly illustrated with a superb POV. Seriously, THERE SHOULD BE SOME DRESS CODE. Very nicely composed and presented. Kudos.

selam, Great shot and very good composition nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done ! Regards ridvan

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-13 1:47]

James lovely composition and what a caption. The big brother is just wonderful. Look at the eyes and the expression. Great Thanks for sharing friend. Ganesh

Hi James,
A comical moment. I guess you wear what you eat or something like that. A wonderful photo of one of Africa's most dangerous animals.

Hi James,
I don't think the Hippo is as impressed to see you as you were to see it. What a great moment to capture in time. The vegetation on its back looks wonderful, I wonder if it thinks it is camoflaged. Great image.

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  • Tage Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 43] (251)
  • [2007-07-13 19:15]

Nice picture, and funny too!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-13 20:38]

Hello James

Hippo camouflage in the army? A great capture of this beauty trying not to be seen.What a set of tonsils! Excellent clarity and nicely composed.TFS


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-14 10:18]

Hi James,
I've missed this hilarious shot!! What a big mouth and he's obviously been lazying around in the water hole for too long with those weeds growing on him! :-)) Well-timed and terrific capture of this Hippo. Excellent sharpness and fine colours in this great composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Terrific photo ! Great POV and super moment captured... camouflaged hippo. Beautiful colors and detail, nice DOF.

TFS, Mish

Hi James, WOW, what a great photo, your POV is just perfect looking right down the Hippos mouth, excellent light & colour & I love the camouflage, TFS, kind regards Wilson.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-07-19 7:15]

Hello James,
What a mouth! Interesting how the shrub seem to grow out of the hippo. I wonder how it managed get those on its back. Incidentally, since you are handholding, i wonder if you would be better off with a 300/4 IS or 400/4 IS. Regards,

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-07-23 18:01]

Hello James,

What an hilarious picture of this hippopotamus bringing its cushion with him :-D

Good exposition and composition...

The only thing is that you put too much sharpening here...

Great job and nice POV!



This is another slight variation from the first one you posted, I would have to say that I like this one better because of the open mouth, it seems a lot more expressive, giving the viewer an opportunity to imagine quite a few suggestive captions, for instance'World's Biggest Chia Pet'. Very nice James. :)

great garden, TFS Ori

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