Hippopotamus Smiles

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A pod of hippopotamuses (Hippopotamus amphibius – Shona: Mvuu; Ndebele: Mvubu) shortly before last light, getting ready for their nocturnal feeding regime. Hippopotamuses are grazers, and often travel many kilometres to feed, some say as much as 30 kilometres. They follow their same, well trodden, trails each night, often defecating along the way, spreading dung wide with their tails. If you take enough shots of the same subject in quick succession, you often come up with a pleasing image. This hippopotamus was not too sure if the photographer should be regarded as a threat or a photo opportunity. With a smile like that it could not have been anything other than a great chance.
(Canon EOS 7D; f/9.5; 1/90sec; ISO-2500; 400mm)

Picture ©2013 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips

Attempt to photograph your subject from a lower view point, on a level with or perhaps lower than your subject’s eye level. This provides for a great connection between your subject and the eventual viewer, bringing the subject into more natural perspective. This will often require one to be shooting from almost ground level (or water level), lying on one’s stomach or simply seated. Bear in mind the more common restriction to stay in your vehicle while travelling in national parks.