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Continuing the theme of images from The Gambia this is another Vervet Monkey captured contre jour. I am not sure about the highlights in the background (sun through the trees) in that do they take the eye or not. What do you think?

I appreciate any comments as I aim to improve my photography and processing techniques.

1/100s f4 @400 ISO. Taken at 100mm

Camera:EOS 5D
Lens:24-105mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Vervet Monkey
Username:Coast Coast
Uploaded:13 Feb 2009 - 10:16 PM
Tags:Gambia, Landscape / travel, Monkey, Portraits / people, Vervet monkey, Wildlife / nature
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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2009 - 10:24 PM

I don't know what you should do but I would have darkened the bright spots by half anyway. I love the profile light that shows his whiskers. Maybe gave the face a little highlights. And maybe cropped a little tighter. But I'm as dumb as a stick when it comes to know what you're supposed to do. I do what appeals to me.

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Tigress
Tigress  6 Scotland
13 Feb 2009 - 11:59 PM


Quote: I don't know what you should do but I would have darkened the bright spots by half anyway. I love the profile light that shows his whiskers. Maybe gave the face a little highlights. And maybe cropped a little tighter. But I'm as dumb as a stick when it comes to know what you're supposed to do. I do what appeals to me.

And so say all of us 1 i would get rid of the spots but I love the profile

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KangaGal
KangaGal  664 forum posts Australia
14 Feb 2009 - 1:05 AM

Beautiful high-lighted whiskers. I'm no expert but I would clone the easier lower spot and try to eliminate the top one - much harder with those whiskers. I would also saturate and contrast the monkey more to make it stand out above the bright spots. These are among my favourite monkeys, my profile photo is of me with a baby vervet.
It is a lovely shot regardless.
Jenny

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iancam
iancam  5 England
14 Feb 2009 - 6:55 AM

Superb capture
Ian

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MandyD
MandyD e2 Member 516777215 forum postsMandyD vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2009 - 10:16 AM

Great capture
Mandy

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Alan_Baseley
Alan_Baseley e2 Member 13320 forum postsAlan_Baseley vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2009 - 10:26 AM

good shot,
alan

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2009 - 11:48 PM

I agree that the bright patches in the background could use toning down a bit — they do pull the eye away from the monkey somewhat.

That aside, it's excellent. The backlit highlights are fantastic and I love the texture of his fur. The composition is excellent and gives him space to gaze thoughtfully into.

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