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I haven't been active on this site for years and thought it was about time I changed that.

I'm currently in the middle of a six week trip through Borneo, part photography/travelling trip part university field course in Danum Valley National Park, the perks of being a Zoologist!

This Macaque was photographed in Bako National Park. Unfortunately I didn't bring a flashgun with me to this remote location (left it back in Kuching, which is the hub for this park), rookie error! But I think the silhouette works nonetheless.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:24-70mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:19 Aug 2013 - 2:51 AM
Focal Length:24mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Borneo Sunset
Username:BenCherryPhotos BenCherryPhotos
Uploaded:1 Sep 2013 - 1:45 AM
Tags:Borneo, Landscape, Landscape / travel, Macaque, Monkey, Photo journalism, Sunset, Travel, Wide angle, Wild, Wildlife / nature
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atenytom
atenytom e2 Member 4atenytom vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Sep 2013 - 6:00 AM

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andyf3050
andyf3050 e2 Member 1andyf3050 vcard United Kingdom
1 Sep 2013 - 7:41 AM

Nice shot. Works really well.

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paulbroad
paulbroad e2 Member 789 forum postspaulbroad vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
1 Sep 2013 - 8:35 AM

Nice image. A flash would have over lit the foreground and ruined the effect, so good job you left it at home. Lighting must have been very low to require hose settings.

Paul

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8529 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1094 Constructive Critique Points
1 Sep 2013 - 9:03 AM

Flash would have killed this stone dead. It's not quite a silhouette, there's enough detail in the monkey to convey depth, substance, while still giving a mysterious feel. From your title, you know this is about atmosphere, sense of time and place, not just the monkey.
What jumps out at me here are the monkey's reflection - wet sand gives particularly beautiful reflections - and the gorgeous light hitting the ripples in sand and water. Then the contrast between the warm light and the grey hazy darkness spreading over the land - both foreground and on the horizon. I have been looking at possible crops, I'd like the monkey to be a bit less central, but I wouldn't want to lose that balance. I may try a Modification, just cropping a bit.
Moira

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jrwiley
jrwiley e2 Member 3jrwiley vcard Canada
3 Sep 2013 - 10:00 PM

I don't think I'd change anything here. You have the gorgeous sky and the macaque dead centre of the marvelous reflection...An exquisite capture!

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2013 - 11:19 PM

Very different.. beachcomber Ben.
Ron.

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