Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Monkey Pictures

Monkey Pictures Biography
Taking monkey pictures in the wild is not as easy as it would seem, considering the frequency with which monkeys are spotted when on safari in Africa.
The little critters move quickly, are suspicious of people, and will often dart off as you lift your camera.

The photos on this page are all of vervet monkeys, commonly found in woodland, tree savannah and sub-tropical regions of southern Africa.
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  Contrast in Colors 
In addition to finding a subject happy to pose for you, a challenge when taking pictures of monkeys is the contrast between their light grey bodies and black faces.
Your camera's light meter is likely to expose for the gray body, so the small face and dark eyes will be underexposed, showing very little detail. If possible, use the built-in flash on your film or digital camera - even in broad daylight - as this will help "fill-in" or brighten the dark areas.

Of course, if the monkey is sitting with angled sunlight on its face and there are bright highlights in its eyes, then you're in luck.

Entertaining to Watch
Travellers on Safari, when visiting African game parks, often make the mistake of not stopping to watch monkeys - understandable when time is limited and there's other wildlife still to be seen.

However, watching a troop of 15 to 20 monkeys, including juveniles and mothers with babies, can be much more entertaining than observing a couple of lions sleeping under a tree.

The interaction between members of the troop, and the similarities to their human cousins, is great fun to watch and photograph. Because of their small size, you'll need a reasonably long lens - at least 200mm in most cases - to get reasonable pics of monkeys.

In a Huddle
The photos of the two mothers with their babies and the group in a huddle (Row 4) were taken on safari in the Kruger National Park in mid-summer.

Why they are all so tightly huddled is a mystery - it was overcast, but certainly not cold (about 22C).

Monkey Picture Captions

Row 1:
1.Monkey on tree stump, Tuli Block, Botswana
2.Young monkey on all fours, Tuli Block, Botswana
3.Monkey hanging on to tree trunk, Tuli Block, Botswana
Row 2:
1.Baby monkey, Ndumo Game Reserve, South Africa
2.Monkeys examining insect, Ndumo Game Reserve, S Africa 
3.Monkeys foraging for insects, Ndumo Game Reserve, S Africa

Row 3:
1.Monkey in tree, Mkuzi Game Reserve, S Africa
2.Young monkey sitting on stump, Tuli Block, Botswana
3.Monkey in tree, Kruger Park, South Africa

Row 4:
1.Mothers suckling their babies, Kruger Park, South Africa
2.Monkey mothers with babies, Kruger Park, South Africa
3.Monkeys huddled in group, Kruger Park, South Africa

Row 5:
1.Monkey sitting in tree, Tuli Block, Botswana
2.Monkey nibbling on snack, Tuli Block, Botswana
3.Baby monkey sucking stick, Kruger Park, South Africa

Row 6:
1.Monkey on tree stump, Tuli Block, Botswana
2.Monkey seated near tree, Tuli Block, Botswana
3.Monkey with seed pod, Kruger Park, South Africa
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