Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. January 2008
Canon 1DsMkIII, 400mm f/4, 1/400 @ f/5.6, ISO400
I love sitting at a location and watching for activity at a hippo pool. I could just sit there all day. On this particular morning we had nice, soft light overhead. My perfect day would have a clear sky for sunrise for long shadows and golden light, then soft light from 2 hours after sunrise all the way until 2 hours before sunset. Soft light is my preferred type of light for hippos, primarily because in brighter, more direct light you will get specular highlights that are difficult to deal with. Softer light brings the tonal range within an acceptable range.