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There are 272 steps to reach the top of the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, however what they don't tell you is that there is another large flight of stairs, inside the cave, waiting for you at the top! Tackling such a feat would be fairly simple if it were a nice cool spring afternoon however at 1:00pm in 34 degree heat and 80% humidity it was a whole different ball game. Still, all good fun and up I went!

On the trip up I was continually interrupted (not that I was complaining) by monkey running/jumping around me. It adds charm to the place even if the monkeys aren't in the least bit shy - in fact they are pretty aggressive. They've learnt that the blue or red plastic bags contain food and thus run up and steal said bags off anyone that might be carrying one. They weren't at all interested in cameras though, as it turns out, to my continual struggle.

At the top of the second flight of stairs I spied an location where I wanted to photograph a sitting a monkey. It meant had to crouch down to reach eye level with the monkey but nothing overly exerting. Now all I had to do was wait for the monkey to sit in the correct position, turn towards me, stay still and have it's photo taken. Sounds simple enough, right? Wrong!

The first monkey came and sat down in front of me. I waited but the monkey kept his back to me the whole time so, I waited some more. Eventually he disappeared without so much as a glance. I took the time to wander around looking for some other shots whilst I waited for a monkey to return. Awhile later one came back and after waiting for minutes in a crouched position (my legs screaming at me) I wasn't any closer to getting the shot. All the while of course I'm sweating buckets because I'm directly under the sun stuck in a heat trap.

About 45 minutes later and a couple of litres of water lost one monkey returned. My patience was wearing thin however thankfully he soon turned towards me, I quickly pressed the shutter button and had the shot. It's quickly become a one of my favourites and was definitely worth all the effort and even the slight dehydration!

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:EFS 17-85mm f/4-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:22 Aug 2010 - 5:45 AM
Focal Length:70mm
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:The Patient Monkey
Username:benlee benlee
Uploaded:8 Feb 2011 - 1:32 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature
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8 Feb 2011 - 2:35 PM

Great composition, and presentation. Interesting writeup.


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8 Feb 2011 - 7:57 PM

Lovely shot!

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