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Swimming in the pool

Swimming in the pool
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 5D, Canon zoom EF 55-200mm 1:4.5-5.6 II USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-27 11:32
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the second picture during my visit at the Zoo in Antwerp.
These mother have to geting three weeks later an calf.

Hippopotamuses are one of the largest extant mammals in the world. Hippos are considered megafauna, but unlike all other African megafauna, hippos have adapted for a semi-aquatic life in freshwater lakes and rivers.

Because of their enormous size, hippopotamuses are difficult to weigh in the wild. Most estimates of the weight come from culling operations that were carried out in the 1960s. The average weights for adult males ranged between 1500-1800 kg (3,300-4,000 lbs). Females are smaller than their male counterparts, with average weights measuring between 1300-1,500 kg (2,900-3,300 lbs). Older males can get much larger, reaching at least 3,200 kg (7,100 lbs). Male hippos appear to continue growing throughout their lives; females reach a maximum weight at around age 25.

Hippos average 3.5 meters (11 ft) long, 1.5 meters (5 ft) tall at the shoulder. The range of hippopotamus sizes overlaps with the range of the White Rhinoceros; use of different metrics makes it unclear which is the largest land animal after elephants. Even though they are bulky animals, hippopotamuses can run faster than a human on land. Estimates of their running speed vary 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 speeds for only a few hundred meters or yards.

I hope a lot reaction, I'm no specialist in macro work.

Have a nice weekend.

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17/04/2007 13:43:06
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Hello John,
The big girl is well depicted, in her rightful element!
Fine rich colours and pleasant details, the tiny reflection adds interest value!
Pablo -

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-07-27 12:52]

salut john,
bon retour avec cette image de zoo, c'est une bonne occasion de faire de bons clichés. Excellente netteté et couleur rosée.
Simple mais efficace.


Hi John,
Nice detail, color, and exposure in your profile headshot..The only thing I might've done different, would've been to crop the top edge, eliminating the man-made element.
Well done!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-28 21:21]

Hello John

I am impressed with the textures in this shot.The focus is very good.The skin shows very well.The colours are well saturated.Nicely composed in the frame.TFS


Hi John,

A nice image of the Hippopotamus in her bassin, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Excellent Zoo shot fine sharpness and good light, good pov for a nice profile. Low viewpoioint is nice. tfs rgds Necip.

Hi John,
A beautiful capture. Excellent details with great composition and nice vivid colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-07-29 10:36]

Hoi John , Het is alweer een paar weken geleden dat ik heb gekeken maar druk druk , maar nu wat meer tijd hoop ik , de foto is prachtig mooi scherp prachtige kleuren bg en framing , en volgens mij zat hij uit zijn ooghoek naar je te gluren , groetjes Teunie .

Buen enfoque y composición. Has capatado bien el agua. Gracias por tus comentarios John.

Hello John,
this is a very nice shot. Very good POV, framing and sharpness too. This is a very nice composition. Thank you for sharing with us.

Hello John,
Perfect sharpness with exposure and focus!
strong and rich colour and details
good composition and well seen

hoi John,
deze had ik dus gemist, maar day kan ook niet anders ik heb het veel te druk op de andere site. mooie capture van dit nijlpaard, goede pov en goede scherpte, mooi werk.
groet Jaap

Wonderful shot. Very expressive character portrait. Gorgeous the colours
Best wishes,

Hi John,
Nice shot lovely water reflections, colorful and sharp, TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

Hello John.
Wonderful colour and light. great capture. Lovely sharpness and composition. An unusual crop. But it works. Well seen.
Best regards, Steve.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-08-08 10:55]

selam John
good timing and nice capturing of this mother hippo while its in leisure time
i like composition, point of view, lighting, colours, sharpness, reflections, note and framing
thanks for sharing

hello john,
nice post, the dof is very good, nice colours, sharp image, liked the composition and pov too, goo framing,
tfs & regards

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-08-18 16:56]

Hi Joh. Very good close up of this Hippo with very interesting notes indeed. Good POV to see her eye like this. Very good posting. Murray.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-08-29 4:13]

Hi John.
I like your excellently done picture of this amazing animal. Cropping of the image and composition of the shot are great as well as its vivid colours, wonderful reflections into th water and superb sharpness and details of the whole pictured scene. Note is so interesting too. Well job and best regards.

Genial imagen con muy buenos detalles y contrastes.
Excelente nitidez y buena nota.
Saludos y tfs John, JL.

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2007-10-01 10:31]

always a bit comical and friendly looking these killers in the wild can take off an arm with ease
i like the warm tones here against the usually dull skin...
we have had them outside our room on safari browsing the bushes..at night..when it cool
your shot makes me think its time to go RAW!!

One of our Hippos at the Calgary Zoo died 5 weeks ago. So very sad. I did get photos of them both, however. Shall post next week. One was making "poo".
Loved your notes.
The colours are beautiful.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-30 9:03]

Hello John, I like the tight crop on this one and I like the way the Hippo is looking at you with a very funny look, well seen and well done, thanks!


Hello John. You have very few posts here and I am looking forward to see more from your caliber in photography. You have wide variation of species posted and this is a nice shot of a hippo even if it was from the zoo. The sharpness and detail are well seen and the reflection on the surface make a good perspective. Well done and keep posting. Regards. Jusni

Hi John,
Nicely framed and pinsharp image of this hippo, regarded as one of the most dangerous having killed more humans than any other animal.Nice rippled reflections in the water and you have created good details on the hippo.
Well done and TFS.

hello John

excellent portrait photo of this Hippopotamus, very fine POV, DOF,
fine focus sharpness and details, excellent eye-contact, TFS


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-22 3:19]

Hi John,
very sharp shot of the hippo. I like its shiny skin and its glance. Well presented in good gradual blurring of the background.
The water too gives an artistic effect.
Very catchy subject too.


Hi John,

Lovely portrait capture of this river horse while swimming from nice POV with flawless details, good DOF and delightfull composition.
TFS and have a nice night!


Hello John,
a beautiful portrait of this hippopotamus, very good sharpness, a very pleasant close composition.
Best regards

Nice shot with good colours and composition. Good pov too. Thanks for sharing.

Hi John,
I don't know why I didn't comment this pic 'til now. Beautiful portrait, excellent zoo shot with great sharpness and colors - the viewer feels he's also in the water, just a few meters from the hippopotamus. Perfect capture MF, congrats and tfs.
Friendly regards, László

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