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Hippo attack

Hippo attack
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Copyright: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3009 W: 919 N: 12213] (52777)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-07
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro, ScanDisk UltraII 8GB, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: My Africa adventure
Date Submitted: 2010-03-26 3:58
Viewed: 6804
Points: 26
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Hippo attack

During my trip through the Chobe National Park in Botswana I did a game sail on a little boat. The views were awesome and I observed several wild animals, like this Hippo who became a little bit annoyed about my visit. I don't know why, maybe he's a C*n*n user or so. Anyway, I was quite relieved when the boats man decided to back up to create a better comfort zone between this big fella and the other behind the Nikon :-)

The time-frame from picture nr. 1 till nr. 9 is 6 seconds! [16:50:27 - 16:50:33]

I'm not a professional wild life photographer so theses shots are not superbly sharp, but in my opinion a series worthy to show.


N.B. Exif files were lost due the crop, cut and paste actions. Below the exif of the main picture which were all shot with the same shutter speed (1/250 sec) and ISO of 640ASA. The light conditions were very poor, it was late in the afternoon, so I wished the shutter speed was a bit faster.

Model=NIKON D300
Copyright=Hans Spruijt
Exposure Time=10/2500 sec
Exposure Program=Shutter priority
ISOSpeed Ratings=640
Exif Version=0221
Date Time Original=2010:02:07 16:50:33
Components Configuration=YCbCr
Compressed Bits Per Pixel=1/1
Exposure Bias Value=-4/6
Max Aperture Value=F4,7
Metering Mode=MultiSegment
Light Source=Unidentified
Focal Length=220,00 mm
Sub Sec Time=50
Sub Sec Time Original=50
Sub Sec Time Digitized=50
Color Space=sRGB
Exif Image Width=800
Exif Image Length=517
Exposure Mode=Auto
White Balance=Auto
Digital Zoom Ratio=1/1
Focal Lengthin35mm Film=330,00 mm
Scene Capture Type=Standard
Gain Control=Low gain up
Exif Offset=356
ByLine=Hans Spruijt
Copyright Notice=Hans Spruijt

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Hello Hans,

Although I usually like to see a single shot posted, in this case, the series makes perfect sense; it starts with tranquility and builds up to incredible drama! The focussed attention on that increasingly widening mouth, with the extra detail of the turbulent water, really creates the atmosphere.
Was your heart rate up as you took these shots?
I would imagine so!

You are having one incredible holiday!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Bom dia Hans,
Ha, ha, ha and HA, HA.
Clever shot and sequence. Ho paura!

haha! Very funny fat fellow! Nice grouping Hans, a good way to show all shots of this guy! He seems mad...he he! Don't get too close, you would make a nice breakfast for him! Yes, wildlife pics are hard.

Hello Hans

Great show of the this upset monster of the river. He does look a little upset. I like it. Maybe a training image for CNN reporters. HEHEHE


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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2010-03-26 9:12]

HI Hans, a very well composed collage with top photos.
Regards Rose

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-03-26 10:34]

Hi Hans,

I love wildlife shots, and this sequence is great. I usually prefer single postings too, but a collage is very appropriate for the action here. A scarey and dangerous predicament that you captured very well. And according to the Christmas song (I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas), they're supposed to be vegetarians. Who would have thought???


Hi Hans

As a personal rule I don't critique multiple shots - I find the task of offering feedback on each individual frame is too much work!!

So I'll just say - a fine series, amazing sequence, and conceivably terrifying.


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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2010-03-26 13:50]

merhaba dear Hans...
çok güzel bir kolaj çalışması, harika detaylar ve renk...selamlar

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2010-03-26 16:19]

Hi Han, I like to see wild life nature photos and heard Hippos cause more harm to humans more than any other animals each year, unsure if you had heard that during your trip? I like the sequence and the colours are very realistic. A very good series to show how seeing wildlife live rather than the normal way on a TV documentary. Glad you survived this action encounter. TFS. Murray.

hahahah nice 3x3 sequence :)

You made me laugh


Hola Hans
Buena recopilacion de imagenes de este hipopotamo que es uno de los animales mas peligrosos y que atacan ferozmente, buen color ,luz ytexturas muy naturalez , gracias por compartir este momento

Buen trabajo
Buen fin de semana

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  • S-moon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 382 W: 97 N: 457] (2844)
  • [2010-03-27 10:14]

Hoi Hans,

Wat een mooie compilatie zeg! en ook echt geen slechte scherpte voor 6 seconden :-) Heel leuk idee en mooi gepresenteerd!

TFS Groetjes Simone

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2010-03-30 3:04]

I think he is shouting "DOWN WITH NIKONS"

Love you wall of the angry hippo in action Hansie - he sure disliked your camera!!!

Great captures - and especially seen together like this

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  • aly Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 42 W: 0 N: 23] (305)
  • [2010-04-07 2:28]

but i don't think these shots are funny....

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