"Why should the tiger have all the fun and get all the credit?"
Hippo demonstrates why he should have received an oscar nomination by attempting to sing the best song.
Further funny fotos found here http://goo.gl/QyeHh
Sorry, not much time to comment today, I am rebuilding the software and files on my replacement computer :-(
File info: The hippo was in an old quarry with fairly deep water near the shore. Taken near sunset from around 40 to 50 ft away, from a 4WD vehicle with a Nikon D800 on a monopod. Sigma lens 150-500 mm, at 500 mm, f6.3, shutter priority at 1/640 sec, ISO 1400. Center weighted metering. In Africa, I tend to use shutter priority since the most interesting action happens pretty fast, and usually the subjects are far enough away that DOF is not so important. When the light gets lower, as here, that means that the ISO tends to creep up, but the D800 is very good with noise up to around 1600 ISO. It is important to anticipate the action and be ready, since the hippos are underwater and you can never be sure when they will come up. I use center weighted metering and put the sensor in the middle of the screen and try to get the eye in focus there. Since the D800 has such large files, you can then crop for the most pleasing composition. In post-processing I rarely use any sharpening, and put the default sharpening in both Camera Raw and Smug Mug at zero. I also use little or no noise reduction, and none at all below around ISO 800.