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Migration Interupted
3rd PlaceMigration Interupted
ellamay


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2005 (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Masaai Mara, Kenya
Date: Oct 14, 2005
Aperture: f 8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Animals, Travel
Date Uploaded: Jan 1, 2006

One of the most amazing moments of my life was watching the wildebeest cross. It is this rush of excitement and energy charging towards you from this wild herd. The hippo and the wildebeests are all herboviores, not really a threat to each other, tho it was clear neither really liked the other being there. The beests, stopped crossing long enough to let the hippo cross.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 833
Avg (all users): 7.5950
Avg (commenters): 8.9737
Avg (participants): 7.5097
Avg (non-participants): 7.9753
Views since voting: 21079
Views during voting: 783
Votes: 442
Comments: 142
Favorites: 149 (view)


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03/08/2007 03:30:53 AM
a wow! image..
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01/23/2007 11:18:48 PM
I should have marked this as a favorite a long time ago. A really incredible, excellent capture.
12/17/2006 09:06:40 PM
Thank you for this image being posted. It is so fortunate that you were in position and with the right equipment to get this image with such clarity and grasp of the action. Wishing you many more moments as perfect as this one.
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12/17/2006 03:37:35 PM
Gorgeous, just gorgeous.. Masterfully done.
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12/12/2006 10:50:07 AM
Wow, what an outstanding shot! "One of the most amazing moments of my life..." Yes, I believe this without a doubt! This tells more about nature than words can ever tell. I would love to see something similar in reality too :)
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12/01/2006 03:27:41 PM
Fantastic shot!
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11/03/2006 09:00:07 AM
This looks like a painting. Gorgeous color and composition.
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10/17/2006 02:40:44 PM
I just sit and stare, mouth open and try an imagine this as it happened.
Incredible - truly incredible moment here preserved forever - thank you!
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02/07/2006 10:50:31 AM
Everyone has congratulated your fine piece, appropriately. It is fabulous and belongs on a wildlife cover. But I would have loved to see the shot of the wildebeasts waiting for the hippo to cross. That might have been amusing. Like traffic in LA.
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02/06/2006 09:39:11 PM
I haven't taken the time to read through all the comments here (...I can't take my eyes off your photo long enough to do so). If it hasn't already been said (and I can't imagine it hasn't), this image belongs on the cover of National Geographic. Absolutely awe-inspiring!!! Congratulations, Lynn.

-len
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02/06/2006 01:24:33 PM
just as a side note on the hippos (i LOVE hippos), they are mostly herboviores, but occassionally, often when herb-beasts migrate, they will pick off a week beast and consume it. They have also been known to take food from a croc, and occassionally the males adults will maul and consume baby males that are not of thier own seed, or eat the flesh of a dying hippo.
It wasn't until just recently that film crews were able to capture hippos in any of the above behaviours. Understandly, since hippos are the deadliest beast to man in africa.

That said, What an image! Do you have any more of the hippos??
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02/06/2006 12:26:07 PM
great colors and composition - magical photo
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02/06/2006 11:02:53 AM
I don't think I've said 10 words on this website this year. But it's time.

I would imagine that if I ever saw this in real life I would look back at it for years as the most amazing scene I've ever ingested. I'm glad that you wrote the same thing in your comments. Congratulations on a few things. First, that you were there. To me, that is the most exciting thing about this photo...imagining somebody (you) standing there with camera in hand, jaw dropped, eyes wide open and heart racing. Secondly, of course, I'd like to congratulate you on capturing the moment so that we could all experience it with you. Very nicely framed and toned, especially. I'm ultra-jealouse in a good sort of way. I hope to see something similar one day! Well done!
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02/04/2006 11:34:26 PM
spectacular/ reminds me of an Imax movie I saw once, narrated by James Earl Jones. Congrats.
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02/04/2006 07:29:55 PM
Unbelievable picture... Have seen wilderbeast crossing photos many times, but never anything like this. As an alternate title, I'd also like to suggest "respect".
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02/04/2006 12:58:18 AM
i tend to hold back giving out 10's, but this one deserved it. this is quite an amazing event and im not sure i would have been able to even raise a camera amidst such an experience.
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02/03/2006 03:44:17 PM
best picture i've seen on this site so far...great...keep it up!
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02/03/2006 01:50:01 AM
Congrats on your ribbon. this is such a wonderful image and something that I would wish to see sometime ;)
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02/03/2006 12:53:53 AM
wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!
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02/02/2006 11:27:46 AM
This is such an excellent image! Many congratulations.
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02/02/2006 12:22:33 AM
i love this ... awesome experience and photo.. CONGRATS.... :))))
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02/01/2006 11:11:20 PM
Awesome shot!!! This was my pick for firs...uhh second<g>. Congrats on a really, really fine "National Geographic" moment, captured perfectly.
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02/01/2006 09:25:59 PM
This was a 10+++ for me. I just knew this one was going to place first. Congratulations on an absolutely awesome shot and your ribbon.
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02/01/2006 08:57:24 PM
A-MAZE-ING!
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02/01/2006 07:58:56 PM
You are so priveleged to witness this scene....the shot is to die for!
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02/01/2006 07:44:20 PM
FANTASTIC!!!
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02/01/2006 06:31:44 PM
Congratulations on your Ribbon and a spectacular image!
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02/01/2006 05:31:17 PM
I visited Kenya a few years back, and I saw this same scene, except the hippo was a crocodile, and the crocodile snuck up and attacked a young wildebeest. The mother didn't notice untill she crossed. It truly is an amazing sight isnt it!
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02/01/2006 01:48:01 PM
This is so beautiful. Congratulations on your well deserved ribbon!
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02/01/2006 01:17:22 PM
did they really stop!?? wow, thats considerate of them. i'm really surprised. you're so lucky to have been there! great shot.
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02/01/2006 11:22:48 AM
another comment: this is one of those rare moments when I will actually say, "the hippo really makes the picture." just thought that was funny.
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02/01/2006 11:15:21 AM
Congrats on an amazing photo! What focal length were you using?
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02/01/2006 10:43:36 AM
thx again everyone, btw, for those who dont know this was taken in Kenya in the Maasai Mara, the beests heading back to tanzania.
02/01/2006 09:23:22 AM
Holy cow! I missed this in the challenge and didn't get to vote on it. I say you call National Geographic right now! Congratulations on your ribbon.
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02/01/2006 08:38:17 AM
Fantastic photo, congratulations on your ribbon!
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02/01/2006 08:26:16 AM
Stunning! Congrats (I'm taking it that this was not shot in Canada?)
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02/01/2006 04:35:03 AM
Congrats !
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02/01/2006 04:31:51 AM
A stunning peice, i can almost hear the hoofbeats. Some of the otherwise lovely shots in this challenge lacked a verb, this almost suffers from too much action!
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02/01/2006 04:26:51 AM
dramatic in numbers...great capture and portrayal of this incredible natural phenomenon
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02/01/2006 03:58:08 AM
Awesome, well-deserved! Fantastic! Congrats!
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02/01/2006 03:55:42 AM
Wow, what an opportunity! Great shot.
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02/01/2006 03:54:51 AM
This is a superbly done image. Congrats on the yellow.
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02/01/2006 02:42:28 AM
Now this one definitely deserved to ribbon. What a shot!!! Awesome. Congratulations on your ribbon.
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02/01/2006 02:31:08 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon - one of the best African wildlife images I've ever seen.
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02/01/2006 02:18:31 AM
Wow
I didnt see this in voting Just too many to go through
But what a spectacular image
This has to be and is one of the best
Congratulations on Your Yellow
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02/01/2006 02:17:58 AM
wow thats fantastic! well done
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02/01/2006 01:09:23 AM
An amazing capture with the spread of a mural and what a feasr for the eyes. Very fine work! Congratulations on your YELLOW.
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02/01/2006 01:07:47 AM
Good on you! One of my "picks"
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02/01/2006 12:59:17 AM
Congrats!!
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02/01/2006 12:58:49 AM
Well done with this, talk about being in the right place.
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02/01/2006 12:53:00 AM
One of the best animal shots/landscapes I've ever seen, in or out of DPC! Congrats on the ribbon too. :-)
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02/01/2006 12:52:21 AM
I knew this would ribbon. Congrats!
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02/01/2006 12:48:52 AM
amazing shot - belongs to the cover of National Geographic! Congratulations!
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02/01/2006 12:42:09 AM
congrats on 3rd! wonderful image ;)
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02/01/2006 12:29:00 AM
an unbelievable image. well done.
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02/01/2006 12:25:33 AM
Congratulations. This was one of my picks to ribbon.

I think it's an incredible shot, and will win many awards. In fact, I think it should be in a museum.
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02/01/2006 12:24:20 AM
you deserve all the accolades for this one. best of the best.
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02/01/2006 12:20:03 AM
Congratulations, Ellamay. Wonderful image.
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02/01/2006 12:17:53 AM
Wow! Way to go, ellamay! Well deserved ribbon!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2006 11:33:17 PM
This is an amazing photo. One of my favorites in this challenge.
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01/31/2006 11:16:50 PM
Totally amazing shot. I can not imagine where you were. Good Luck. THANKS FOR SHARING.8
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01/31/2006 03:56:40 PM
Wow!!
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01/31/2006 11:53:48 AM
this is an amazing capture and I hope if does well - very nice work :)
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01/31/2006 11:50:20 AM
simply put 10
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01/31/2006 11:18:29 AM
Ohhh...one of best so far I saw. Great capture.
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01/31/2006 09:32:24 AM
This has wonderful painterly qualities! The mist is fantastic. I am betting this will be in the top 10. Good luck!
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01/31/2006 05:13:36 AM
I love the line of animals, the placement of the hippo and the dust it's an amazing shot.
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01/30/2006 03:52:25 PM
What a great capture. The composition is really fantastic. You get a great sense of the immensity and commotion of the whole thing.
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01/29/2006 09:04:46 PM
The first thing that crossed my mind when I saw the hippo was: "stupid wilderbeast rush hour...". Excellent capture. The hippo adds so much to this image. The larger, uncompressed version of this image must be awesome. Thanks for sharing.
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01/29/2006 12:47:54 PM
Right place right time. What happened next?
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01/29/2006 04:50:33 AM
Wow, just wow. If this were part of jurried competition, this would score you well into the 9s and 10s. Great nature story! 10
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01/28/2006 12:25:16 PM
Awesome, top ten and one of my top three, 10
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01/27/2006 03:07:21 PM
This must be impressive to watch in person, the Hippo fits in so well, nice!
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01/26/2006 03:27:15 PM
See if National Geographic is hiring.
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01/26/2006 02:45:47 PM
Great in all ways...

After review. Best of the wildlife shot to me.
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01/26/2006 02:05:26 PM
OUTSTANDING! OK, I'm in love with this photograph and so very jealous. 10!
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01/26/2006 10:55:03 AM
National Geographic worthy.
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01/26/2006 07:44:16 AM
This is quite an unusual image, and so well captured. I love the dust cloud over and amongst the wilderbeast.....Excellent.
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01/25/2006 10:46:06 PM
Very cool. Where did you manage to get that shot??!! Wonderfully done, great composition
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01/25/2006 08:00:55 PM
Looks like a Lion King scene. Very good!
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01/24/2006 05:14:31 AM
Perfect!!!
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01/23/2006 10:20:23 PM
Nice natural moment captured very well ,10
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01/23/2006 04:33:01 PM
A very good shot here, reminiscent of a page in a history book. GL!
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01/22/2006 11:20:14 PM
neat shot
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01/22/2006 09:19:18 PM
A great capture it makes you wish you could witness this migration. That's what a great photograph can do, well done 10
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01/22/2006 05:23:17 PM
This is an awesome shot! I would love to be where I could see something of this nature. Nice strong composition.
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01/22/2006 02:07:23 PM
This picture is simply awesome! Wish I could have seen it all blown up to take in all the details. It's a little lost at DPC because of size limitations.
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01/22/2006 01:06:10 PM
That's not fair, I can never get a scene like this in the Prague Zoo ;-)

Great atmosphere and light, painting-like yet natural, interesting composition, fascinating situation... 10
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01/22/2006 12:23:52 PM
This looks just like National Geographic! Superb work.
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01/22/2006 11:09:38 AM
Wow!
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01/22/2006 08:12:54 AM
Great action shot
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01/22/2006 07:15:59 AM
Wow, amazing photo. 10
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01/22/2006 04:30:15 AM
A rare photo opportunity well taken.
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01/22/2006 04:22:19 AM
Superb migration image. Well captured.
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01/21/2006 06:17:25 PM
This looks Goodmanesque...Have you ever seen Mitsuaki Iwago's 'Horned avalanche' photo. This conjures up the same visceral feel...you can almost hear the hooves from this side of the screen. The hippo looks like it's getting a kick out of watching this inexplicable blind panic.
Outstanding. Only crit (at risk of hubris) is the rather open, flat feel to the light...this feels like it could benefit from some vignetting especially in the top right.
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01/21/2006 05:01:41 PM
Nice! Has National Geographic written all over it!
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01/21/2006 03:55:38 PM
Definitely one of the best.
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01/21/2006 03:03:16 PM
Great shot. Would love to see a really big version of this.
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01/21/2006 06:14:15 AM
Verry beautiful scene, great photography, 10!
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01/21/2006 04:43:43 AM
national geographic stuff. wonderful.
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01/21/2006 12:36:12 AM
This is too much! National Geographic it should be in.10
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01/20/2006 06:13:08 PM
Sometimes you really need a voting scale that goes to 11!
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01/20/2006 04:50:36 PM
This photograph is VERY powerful - all the senses are imagined here. You could have pointed and shot - or waited for a specific moment - it really doesn't matter.
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01/20/2006 04:27:43 PM
Lion King all over again
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01/20/2006 12:13:54 PM
This one is great. I like the action and exotic surrounding as well as the mystic smoke. Well done.
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01/20/2006 08:54:49 AM
Wow, this is amazing.
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01/19/2006 10:24:05 AM
10: i love the choas at the top and the neat little row at the bottom with the hippo standing and watching. The dust makes a cool effect. this shot reminds me of the stampeede from Lion King.
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01/19/2006 10:11:40 AM
Wow! A lot of action here. Great capture. Looks like this could make a magazine. The dust in the background and the line of buffalo(?) really bring your eye through the photo. Good job.
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01/19/2006 09:06:14 AM
stunning image...you are so privileged to have witnessed this phenomenon of nature
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01/19/2006 07:46:25 AM
Great shot. 9.
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01/19/2006 01:46:33 AM
Wow this amazing! What a capture. I am really curious to see where it was taken. I love the movement in this piece.
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01/18/2006 09:49:25 PM
brilliant --- 8 ... the compostition is the only thing that's not the coolest photo I've ever seen ... other than that ... so cool -sooo huge - the hippo even wants a camera.
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01/18/2006 08:54:36 PM
Fantastic!
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01/18/2006 12:23:42 PM
Great composition and subject. One of my favorites on this challenge. 10
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01/17/2006 11:22:40 PM
Excellent... Congrats
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01/17/2006 08:07:35 PM
This has "National Geographic" written all over it.
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01/17/2006 07:57:17 PM
One word - WOW
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01/17/2006 06:13:42 PM
Not your typical landscape. Thanks for the unusual. GREAT picture.
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01/17/2006 05:06:06 PM
Despite the fact that they run out of the frame with their legs a very cool photo. Love the way the water and dust show the motion and action. The hippo makes the shot, they all seem to want to get accross in front of it. :)
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01/17/2006 04:44:34 PM
Impressive, artistic tones, dynamic....I like it a lot
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01/17/2006 03:24:22 PM
this photo speaks for itself. 10.
01/17/2006 02:37:11 PM
Fabulous photo. What a site to behold. Amazing.
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01/17/2006 01:38:33 PM
an incredible sight and excellent shot, beautiful warm hues would look great on my wall:-) really impressive shot - and what the heck is that hippo doing there LOL LOL
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01/17/2006 09:20:05 AM
Breathtaking! I hope you weren't too close... 10
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01/17/2006 09:17:56 AM
Incredible shot... I can almost hear the thundering of their hoves, taste the dirt...and that hippo! Again, amazing shot.
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01/17/2006 07:02:36 AM
you went to kenya! lucky bugger :) great shot
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01/17/2006 03:10:44 AM
This picture has it all, in the national Geographic sense. Fabulous capture!
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01/17/2006 01:55:49 AM
I envy you that you had the opportunity to not only witness this but to photograph it as well. The hippo in the shot really makes it for me. Good luck.
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01/16/2006 09:14:19 PM
WOW!!! I wish I had taken this. Well done.
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01/16/2006 07:06:17 PM
Front page of National Geographic... Stellar work! WOW What a thrill it must have been to experience that - and thank you for sharing it so beautifully!
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01/16/2006 06:41:10 PM
Great Photo!!, the movement and monochramatic colors are awesome! Good Luck ;).. ohh yeah im guessing this is ellamay?
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01/16/2006 05:36:47 PM
wow !! that's great capture. Should be in national geographic. Well done. 10
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01/16/2006 05:27:55 PM
What an exciting image! I love the hippo, who looks like he's waiting to cross the street. Beautiful tones; one of my favorites.

Just came back after finishing my voting - I can say with confidence that this is by far my favorite. Really wonderful. Good luck & thanks for sharing!
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01/16/2006 04:18:06 PM
I'm coming back to this and it is compositionally perfect. The tones are divine and the story it tells is wonderful. The title is spot on. But you know what really does it for me??? The hippo. It is like the cherry on top of the cake! Perfect!! 10
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01/16/2006 03:27:04 PM
Wow, what an image! Love the hippo in the middle of the action!
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01/16/2006 03:12:17 PM
Wow. If I came across this shot in National Geographic I'd be pausing to gaze at the page and drink in every detail. This is fantastic. It tells a story, I love that it is in color, yet almost monochrome, and I feel I'm right there watching this. Definitely a top 10 contender. Congrats!
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01/16/2006 02:27:13 PM
wow, great shot...where does a person get the opprotunity to take pics like this one!
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01/16/2006 01:54:17 PM
This shot is such a thing apart from the other images posted in this challenge. I love the story it tells. I love the way it lets me experience something I've not and likely will not ever experience. I love that you opted to muted natural colors instead of pushing the saturation to point of digital temptation. Just very well done, all around. 9
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01/16/2006 12:46:28 PM
What can you say that would add to a spectacular photo like this! Priceless. National Geographic-esque! Perfect in every way! 10
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01/16/2006 11:34:38 AM
Wow! What a sight! I'm extremely jealous and would love to have been there when you took this. I like the way you've created a diagonal within the frame and the hippo makes a great focal point. Nice one!
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01/16/2006 06:38:00 AM
This is a nature shot very different from most that I have seen on DPC. An excellent capture.
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01/16/2006 01:00:22 AM
WOW! What a great capture!
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