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The Hippo

The Hippo
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Copyright: Benyamin Lakitan (blakitan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1039 W: 71 N: 1332] (5517)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-29
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/5.2, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50-60 Puntos (chapter 6), #2 Aquatic Animals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-29 22:51
Viewed: 12714
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hippopotamus amphibius is a huge mammal, with weight of 3 to 4.5 ton, length of 4 to 5 meters, and height of about 1.5 meter. Skin color is brown.

This mammal has been found throughout all of subsaharan Africa, but most populations is in the Nile river valley of East Africa. The preferred habitat of this species is deep water of lake or river with adjacent grasslands.

The hippopotamus typically more active at night and sleeps during the day. They eat mainly the grasses along the shores of the rivers they inhabit. The hippopotamus is strictly a vegetarian.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-07-29 23:58]

Hi Benyamin.
You have shared a very amazing photo. Excellent captured moment, POV, details and colours. It seems to me, may be, the contrast is a bit strong. Nevertheless the shot is superb. TFS.

Hello Ben,
Moment so well captured, with great details!
Well composed action image, well done...
Pablo -

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-07-30 2:50]

Un bel instantané d'une grande qualité tant sur le plan technique que sur le plan artistique. Bravo

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-07-30 2:52]

Hi Benyamin,
interesting and a bit funny view, unusual portrait, good captured a moment. I like the colours also. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hi Ben,
Really excellent work. All details are brilliant. Perfect composition. Well done.

Great hipposhot. He should brush his teeth though.
I find these water shoots really difficult to get right because of all sun reflections in the water. But this one looks ok

Hi Benyamin
Nice shot.TFS.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-07-30 13:25]

very good photo Benyamin,
a great capture, good pov and nice details, the dof is nice too, very good job.
gr. jaap

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-31 2:58]

Hi Benyamin!
Something bigger that butterflies :-) It is good to see such big animal here. I like scene, pose and reflections on water. Good portrait!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-31 3:41]
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Hello Ben,
First of all sorry for 1 point,it's given by mistake:).Magnificent shot.I liked POV,moment you caught,colors,details,framing and composition a lot.

Hi Benyamin,
A moment well captured. Sharp and clearly seen image. Nice composition and pov. Well done.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-07-31 5:48]

Hello Benyamin,
Very good picture of this Hippo head.
Great position, sharpness and BG


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-07-31 8:35]

Hi Benyamin

Great shot,excellent timing. Nicely composed action shot.Nice lighting and shade.Good colour.
That thing has a big mouth! TFS


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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2006-07-31 10:20]

these guys are killers and you have shown how they do it...
nice to look at but dont go out at night in the bushes if you are near a river bank..
they browse at night..and make a helluva noise.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-07-31 11:14]

hi benyamin
lucky day for you. i think there are more natural models in your country. good exposure and good timing. POV, colours, lighting, details, frame and note are great.
thanks for sharing

nice shot.
do you get it in a wild or in a zoo?

Hi Mario

Hello Ben,
Very nice shot! You've captured him from a very good POV and with some nice details. Picture is a bit overexposed what is a bit distracting, but apart from that it's a good picture.

Hi Benyamin,
You have capture its dangerous teeth very well. a difficult shot because the reflection that overexposed a bit the pic, but despite of all a good action capture.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-02 15:34]

Hello Benyamin,
very nice timing, your POV gives a very nive view. Great details and wonderful colors. Well done.

Hello Benyamin! Excellent capture of this fine looking hippo! Great POV! It is great that you have gotten such a good shot without glare on the water being a factor, hard to do! Interesting note, too. Well done! Thank you, Linda

Hi benyamin !
A very beautiful capture ! Your timing was perfect ! Must be so impressive to see these animals in real ! :-) POV is splendid, excellent details and colors, and the water makes an awesome BG. Very well done !

Hello Ben!
Very well captured moment. It's hard to believe that this kind of teeth is needed to feed on grass. Regards,

happy hippo! *g*
what a wonderful shot, ben! :-)
excellent timing on the great pose, well composed and with a
magnificient mixture of shadows and light.
well seen & captured, thorsten.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-05 9:06]

Espectacular captura Benyamin con un perfecto POV y DOF.
Aunque los colores se aprecian levemente saturados, no desmerecen la calidad de la composición.
Gracias por compartirla.
Saludos... Ricardo

Spectacular capture Benyamin with a perfect POV and DOF.
Although the colors are appraised slightly saturated, not be unworthy of the quality of the composition.
Thanks for sharing.
Greetings... Ricardo

Oops... :) tomorrow

Hi Ben
This is a dream photo.
Any photographer, including professionals would be very happy with a shot like this.
Absolutely wonderful moment that you have caught here.
You should be very proud of this photo.



What a scary image :)
The mammal that kills most people in Africa :)
VEry nice composition, excelent logthing, a good POV and great details!

Hi Benyamin,
It's a great portrait. Composition and colors are beautiful.
Good work.


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-11 19:07]

Hi Ben,
Great shot, good timing to capture the mouth wide open pose. Good exposure, great light and shadow and wonderul colours. Detail is a little soft, a minor nit though, it's a nice shot. Good note too, a good post.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2006-08-15 19:30]

Hi Ben, Very realistic and clear photo of this angry looking hippo.The detail is very good. Heard they kill more tourists athan lions now!Enjoy these nature photos. Murray.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-16 3:32]

Hi Ben

What a spectacular pose from this beautiful animal. And his big teeth never sease to amaze me...no wonder it is the animal that kills the most humans in Africa...
Excellent pOV, nice sharpness, great colors and framing.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

Good capture from this mammal.
A good tendist is my diagnosis:-).

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  • Bes (0)
  • [2006-08-21 19:39]

Having those teeth and being strictly vegetarian, wowza. This is beautiful. Nice shot right in the middle of good action [yaaaawning? lol].

Hi Benyamin

Very fine closeup shot of this hippo. Great scene, well framed with fine colors. Well done.

Hy Benyamin,
great "decisive moment". Colors and sharp are perfect. Composition is correct.

Hello Benyamin,
amazing shot, nice details and colours.


JAWS... Yes great capture and good timing on this Benyamin. Well done.

Great shot Benyamin. You have so many good ones it was hard to decide which one to critique back on.
This is a cool shot showing expert timing, fab colours and sharpness. Those teeth look like they need a clean!
TFS and for thanks for your critique

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