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This was shot at Chobe National Park in May 2019, on a Nikon D850 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.Iso was 800 1/1100 sec f11. focal length about 330mm. We were floating past waiting for a moment when the behaviour or scene became interesting. I dodged in some detail on the skin of the Hippo. Colour balance was pushed to the warmer end to accentuate the oranges of the african sunset
Timing is everything! Love this photo. Appears as if the Hippo is not happy with the sun intruding on it's domain. Obviously more detail in the Hippo than would have existed in that shot, but not sure I wouldn't have done the same. Would have liked to see it as shot too.
Thanks Larry really there was not too much done apart from dodging in around the jaw of the hippo with mouth open after darkening the overall exposure. The two hippos to the left are not dodged in. So maybe around half a stop. The colour balance is as set in the camera for the evening. Somewhere around 7500k. I was deliberately shooting warm to make most of the glorious light. I was surprised by how warm coloured the sunsets were every evening on the river.