Hippopotamus Observations

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A hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius – Shona: Mvuu; Ndebele: Mvubu) peaks its head up from a pool and gives the photographer the ‘beady’ eye during the fading light. These beasts are stirring before moving onto land to feed nocturnally during the night.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III /EF200-400mm IS II USM EXT; 1/500 sec; f/5.6; ISO 5000; 560mm)

Picture ©2014 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips

Macro shots of insects are perhaps best shot with a macro lens with a higher aperture setting (longer depth of field) f/11 plus. Moving subjects will require faster shutter speeds of at least 1/500sec so Manual mode would be the preferred setting. Adjust ISO according to prevailing light. Slightly under-expose the image to achieve greater definition in the studio.

3 thoughts on “Hippopotamus Observations

  1. Wonderful photo Andrew. Love it that you help us poor struggling amateurs by putting all the info about the shot underneath it – not that my “mik ‘n druk” camera (as they call it in the vernacular here in SA) would have those settings, but it helps me to get some sort of handle on what is going on. One day, when I’m grown up I may have a camera like yours!
    Then of course, we have to re-introduce the wildlife into the Cape and make it more like the real Africa again!

  2. Great photo as always Andrew. Wish I had taken wildlife photo’s when I had the Chance whilst I was stationed at Wankie- would have been nice to shown Kids & Grandkids. Take care & Stay Safe.

  3. They are such intelligent looking animals. Nice photo.Amazing how peaceful they look, yet the next minute the water can resemble a “washing” machine.

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