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After the rain

After the rain
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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/5.0, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: My Africa adventure
Theme(s): TEXAS EXCELLENCE AWARD V [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-03-12 22:41
Viewed: 4642
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After the rain

Took this picture in Botswana Chobe's National Park. A herd of hippos grazing at the banks of the Chobe river an hour before sunset after heavy rain. The clouds of the thunderstorm are still visible at the horizon.

Due to the relative low light circumstances and using a high shutter speed with ISO 640 ASA. Due to the use of Neat Image lost Exif data so retrieved data from the original image and add it to the note.

PP work: Shot in Raw, adjusted brightness and contrast, converted to jpeg, adjusted levels and curves. straightened horizon, cropped. Used Neat Image to reduce the noise (which was minor). Sharpened using USM, add frame.


Model=NIKON D300
Resolution Unit=Inch
Software=Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Date Time=2010:03:13 07:26:37
Copyright=Hans Spruijt
Exposure Time=1/800 sec
Exposure Program=Aperture priority
ISO Speed Ratings=640
Exif Version=0221
Date Time Original=2010:02:07 16:25:35
Shutter Speed Value=0,0013 sec (1/800)
Aperture Value=F5,0
Exposure Bias Value=2/6
Max Aperture Value=F4,0
Focal Length=95,00 mm

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  • lavan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 710 W: 2 N: 153] (4208)
  • [2010-03-12 22:42]

nice colorful sky
good animals
try to share it in treknature...

Excellent shot Hans!!!!! You've really caught the Chobe well here.. Great light, well managed with the challenge of distant highlights and darker foreground!!
Nice composition - really a great photo..


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  • KBE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 571 W: 132 N: 805] (3839)
  • [2010-03-12 23:33]

Hello Hans
Fantastic wildlife...
I loved the capture of hippo family. The drama in the sky adds to the view.



Dit heb je meesterlijk gedaan, Hans!
De typische sfeer van een zwoele ochtend na een regennacht kun je zó voelen.
Mooie, tedere kleuren en subtiele horizontale compositie.
Op mijn scherm lijken de "hippo's" iets minder scherp dan de lucht (en de hippo links iets scherper dan de hippo rechts), maar dat is slechts een detail, want wat hier minstens zoveel telt als techniek, is het gevoel dat deze foto opwekt. Alsof mijn computerscherm het raampje is van een schuilhut in Botswana waar ik, na een onweerachtige nacht, de slaap uit mijn ogen wrijf en dit prachtige beeld ontwaar ;o).
Groetjes & tot later!

Hi Hans
Waw...beautiful shot!
I like all of this:light,colors ,details, sky,all are amazing.

  • Ejtaan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 898 W: 10 N: 98] (475)
  • [2010-03-13 0:43]

Wow... deze is echt prachtig Hans... die lucht is echt geweldig! zo zie je ze niet hier he? De kleuren zijn heel mooi en de hippo's op de voorgrond zijn natuurlijk ook schitterend!
een hele mooie plaat!!!

Gr., Anneke

Hello Hans!
Fantastic the sky and very beautiful capture hippopotamus family and a white bird!
Very nice atmosphere!
Best regards!

Good Morning Hans,

It's like thumbing through the pages of The National Geographical Magazine! Wonderful scene!
Youe composition is excellent; such interesting family activity in the f/g, the river rippling in the m/g and that amazing sky, of pink-tinted mountain clouds, making a stunning b/g.

It looks like an unbelievable holiday!

Best wishes,
Bev :-)

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2010-03-13 1:12]

Hello Hans

I like the symmetry between the 2 watchful adult hippos & the baby in the middle. Good sharpness & a marvellous sunset backdrop. Tfs!

Hello Hans

Wonderful light and colors with a great sharpness !
Very beautiful picture !
TFS :)

Hello Hans,
Fantastic natural scene with a great sky and an excellent management of light. The composition with this family hippo and the layers of water is great too. Very well done! Cheers,

Hello dear Hans!

WOW! So lovely and beautiful shot in great DOF and lovely tones. Colors are so lovely and very vivid colors. Great moment captured and Cumulonimbus clouds are looking so great while enlightened with the beautiful tones. The family is looking great and the atmosphere after the rain is very clear and the visibility is great.

TFS, indeed a very lovely and fabulous shot!

Best Regards,

Hi Hans,

What a superb landscape.
Excellent colors and light with great DOF.
The sky lighten up by the sun is awsome and perfectly capture of the hippo's family.
Well framed and presented. Nice POV.
Great PP work. Congrats.

Best regards,

Beautiful sky colors,very nice details/
Regards Zoran

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-03-13 2:19]

Hi Hans,
A wonderful nature shot of this delightful ambient.
Good shot of these hippos grazing in their prefered habitat!
Great sky with spectacular light and warm cast of sunset!
A very neat presentation with a considerable DOF.
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

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  • Adri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 26 N: 1877] (12221)
  • [2010-03-13 3:40]

Prachtige plaat, Hans!
Je kunt hier a.h.w. de vochtige broeierige lucht voelen...
Wat een schitterende kleuren en licht..... ècht genieten!
Groet uit Zeeland,

Hey Hans,hope you are doing well!
This is such a "pleasing" shot.The dramatic colors of the sky, the lush greens and a loving hippo family...this shot is combination of so many beautiful things including the technicalities.
Good work dear friend!


Hello Hans,

The dramatic sky and cloud as well as your skillful exposure management and composition make this a compelling nature's image. My best regards.


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  • lali Gold Star Critiquer [C: 129 W: 5 N: 5] (451)
  • [2010-03-13 6:56]

Magnifique couleurs!!!!!!!!!!!et composition!!!
Merci du partage, elle est belle la nature non?

Bonjour Hans.
Très belle lumière de fin de journée enveloppe cette belle scène sauvage d'Afrique.
le cadrage est parfait donne à cette image un bon équilibre.

Bonne journée.

Yep, when I saw this my mouth fell open! WHAT a shot, Perfect Hansie! You get an award for this! And I only give awards to photos that are OVER the TOP! This one meets that criteria! Fantastic processing, You even got the Hippos to show their full bodies, along with a baby hippo! One of your BEST ever!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2010-03-13 11:33]

Hello Hans! Wow that's a fabulous image with that hippo family grazing peacefully in the setting sun! Well observed, well shot and a truly fine post. Thanks my friend!


Hallo Hans,

Een zeer mooie opname,mooi licht en de nijlpaarden staan er loeischerp op.


Bonjour Hans

Quelle magnifique prise de vue!!
Quel bonheur de voir ces hippopotames heureux!!!
Superbe lumière!!
Bravo et TFS.

A stunning shot indeed! What isn't to love about it? Beautifully controled from foreground to background, amazing smooth textures in the sky and those clouds are spectacular; the grazing hippos are there for the postcards! The baby is lovely to see!
Absolutely fine work.

p.s. disappointed though sir in your choice of title ...

Hi Hans,

Super shot, love the position of the hippos and that sky is wonderful.


Hi Hans,
What a great capture!!! WOW!
Amazing light and composition.
great colors and contrast..
A great Post Card..from Botswana..
Chapeau..Très jolie photo..J'aime beaucoup..

Haha, hippos. Great shot!

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2010-03-14 23:24]

What a gorgeous capture !
Superb light, superb picture !!!


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  • OWO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 70 N: 330] (2387)
  • [2010-03-15 4:50]

Great view, great light and a beautiful sight of the hippo family enjoying the after rain sensation. Good shot Hans!



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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
  • [2010-03-15 18:48]

WOW, I need to catch up
Got to happy with this one
great shot TFS

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  • Ivan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 365 W: 110 N: 268] (3865)
  • [2010-03-28 11:39]

Nice work Hans, I love the composition and the large DOF.

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