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Vervet Monkey

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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

Tags: Monkey Gambia Vervet monkey Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature Portraits and people

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13 Feb 2009 10:24PM
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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13 Feb 2009 11:59PM

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
KangaGal 8 66 Australia
14 Feb 2009 1:05AM
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
iancam 7 23 England
14 Feb 2009 6:55AM
Superb capture
Ian
MandyD Plus
7 16,777.2k 1 England
14 Feb 2009 10:16AM
Great capture
Mandy
15 Feb 2009 10:26AM
good shot,
alan
DRicherby 7 269 725 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2009 11:48PM
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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