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This week's theme: Animals

Photo #3 - A troop of monkeys grooming each other. This is in the WILD, not shot in a zoo where everything has been setup nicely.

I snagged this one at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in Singapore. It was dusk and the light was starting to fail. I had to use a strong burst of flash to get any shot at all. Strangely, the monkeys didn't react at all to the camera flash. Perhaps this lot is too used to humans already.

My friends tell me I shouldn't take photos of animals when I go somewhere as exotic as Singapore. I should rather be taking people, the way of life, etc. Do you agree?

Meet the clan

This week's theme: Animals

Photo #3 - A troop of monkeys grooming each other. This is in the WILD, not shot in a zoo where everything has been setup nicely.

I snagged this one at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in Singapore. It was dusk and the light was starting to fail. I had to use a strong burst of flash to get any shot at all. Strangely, the monkeys didn't react at all to the camera flash. Perhaps this lot is too used to humans already.

My friends tell me I shouldn't take photos of animals when I go somewhere as exotic as Singapore. I should rather be taking people, the way of life, etc. Do you agree?

comments (25)

Look forward to more animals....Lovely family portrait there.
  • Gary
  • 1 Mar 2006, 00:28
this is so cute!
The Maven: Thanks for looking Gary. It's good to see you here.
Nice shot... A bit too much flash though, It would have looked more natural if the flash was off the camera.
The Maven: Good to see you finally made it over to Shutterchance. As someone said in one of the blog posts, we've missed your acid tongue wink
hey.....im new....I didn't get a mention on your home page ;-(
  • david
  • 1 Mar 2006, 02:08
Nice capture - its always feels better when animals are photographed in the wild!
The Maven: Hehe... man afterall is a hunter. Photographing animals in the wild is a challenge that gets my adreneline going!
  • Anne
  • 1 Mar 2006, 02:17
Great shot Duanne! The monkeys look like their enjoying the attention smile
The Maven: Yes, the monkeys definately enjoy attention. It seems that it's part of their social behaviour. They spend a lot of time grooming and giving each other attention. It cements their relationships. Now if only we could learn a thing or 2 from them!
Nice DOF...some of the monkeys appear to be posing.
  • blake
  • 1 Mar 2006, 03:57
very funny. Great shot, I like the unique expressions on each of their faces!
Cute! Good they didn't wanted to play with your camera ;-)

A place is made of it's inhabitants, it's animals, it's nature, it's buildings, etc. So everything is worth a picture...
The flash is abit too harsh and too cool colour temp wise. But otherwise, it's a nice shot. Not very often you get to shoot a whole family of monkeys. =^) Anyway, to answer your question... Is Singapore exotic at the first place? I'm probably totally biased 'cos I've lived here my whole life but I think our way of life here is pretty much like any other modern city, although probably more hectic and stressful due to the "culture" here. The so called "preserved" and "traditional" areas where the "rustic", "exotic" way of life still exists are more like tourist traps than anything else. heh. Stick to the wildlife in SG. =^)
The Maven: I remember seeing a portfolio of shots taken by a Singaporean - he was documenting the life of Bangladeshi construction workers in Singapore. Stuff like that to me is very exotic. The ultra modern skyscrapers, all built upon the hard work of these people. It's there right below our noses, but we don't see it.
  • jlc
  • 1 Mar 2006, 06:53
Simply beautiful wink))
I don't think the flash is too harsh at all. I was just about to comment on the fact that it seems very subtle, and like the flash wasn't even used. You couldn't have gotten a better pose and composition than this! Nice work.
  • Micki
  • 1 Mar 2006, 08:54
Excellent shot, they probably liked the flash like my toddler does.

I think you should do both, animals and people as well as landscape. Share it all with us.
Lovely shot and i agree with Micki share it all, take the photos you want to and don't worry about it...as long as you post them that is.
Lovely shot I'd agree the flash is a little harsh but it does give something to the picture. It doesn't always have to be within the 'Rules'. I think yo your question as to what you should be taking pictures off on your travels can be answered simply...what you see and want to share!
If you live by your friends song book the photography wouldn't be half as enjoyable!
  • emma
  • 1 Mar 2006, 10:27
wow - even more impressive being in the wild! well done.
The Maven: Hi Emma! Welcome to my photoblog. Thanks for visiting and the wonderful comments. Hope to see you here again.
  • Suby
  • 1 Mar 2006, 10:46
Lovely shot, yup the flash might be a little harsh, but it makes those eyes stand out, Those eyes are definitely giving me the hibbie jibbies smile Love the DOF.

I likey.
  • sk
  • 1 Mar 2006, 11:05
I love this shot Duane. great depth of field and u captured the eyes very well
Tena koe ehoa
Nah I don't agree with you I think? The purpose of phtography I feel is to capture an expressive moment in time, whether that expressive moment be animal or human in subject matter, is neither here nor there.

What I consider more relevent is to consider that not everyone gets to see such images as these monkeys for example shot in the wild, for that reason this image holds as much photographic importantance as an image of a person from Singapore.

This is one of the reasons why I chose to blog my images, it gives me an outlet to show some expressive images of my country, people, events etc while in return I'm getting to see most of the world I'll never get to see in reality. I want to see all of the world not just the tourist sandy beaches and fine architecture blah blah. I'm not that type of person really althoiugh those aspects of other societies do interest me.

If we showed only what the masses want isn't that specifically designed photography? I'm not one too stay inside the square! But if specifically designed photography is where it's at then I'm gonna express myself in another visually artistic and non-conformist arena.
The Maven: A long comment indeed, but I appreciate every word of it. You're raise some interesting issues. Blogging has increased my exposure and knowledge of the world too - I get to see photos taken by locals of things that tourist brouchures would never reveal. It's the 1 ultimate media, that cannot be controlled and isn't financially biased.
S#$T just seen how long that is...Sorry smile
  • skee
  • 1 Mar 2006, 12:21
ndiginiz...
and?
  • Paul
  • 1 Mar 2006, 15:08
Why not take pictures of animals in Singapore? Sure, you may want to consider getting local people and lifestyles as well, but why limit your photographic expression?
The Maven: Hi Paul! Actually, there's not too much to see in Singapore - it's a small country the size of a medium city with no country side. The people are conservative, but quite westernised in their way of life. It's not so different in terms of lifestyle, except for the importance we place on good tasting food! So to attract tourists, Singapore's put a lot of effort into the Bird Park, Zoo and Night Safari (you'd need iso 100000 to get good shots there though). When I'm there, I choose animals for my photography simply because they're the best and easiest to photograph in the country. Do come for a visit some time. Things are cheap, so it's a shopping paradise too!
The flash's definitely an unfortunate addition to this otherwise sweeeeet pic. Oh! Darn those silly American frat shows.
  • Dave
  • 1 Mar 2006, 19:16
This is really nice, and your sunbird was great also. I'll be back to see what you're shooting.
  • tetsu
  • 4 Mar 2006, 20:30
Lovely!

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