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Copyright: Loot Eksteen (loot) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-06
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 HZ DG Macro, Digital ISO 100, UV 62mm Kenko
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
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Date Submitted: 2006-07-06 0:04
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lion-tailed macaqueMacaca silenus

This old world monkey also known as a wanderoo was photographed earlier this year at the Baboons and Monkeys House in the Pretoria Zoo, while it sat and chewed its toe nails. This is only the second photo of a Lion-tailed macaque on the TrekNature site.

It was another one of those difficult through-the-glass shots and this was no ordinary glass, but 19mm thick chemically strengthened "Resistoglass". I had to deal with harsh backlight conditions that reflected weird and wonderful ghost images of the people surrounding me on to the glass. Out of the 10 photos I've taken of this monkey, only two did not have the reflection of either brick walls or little girl's dresses with cute little flowers on them.


As well as having a tail like a lion's, this species also have a long, brown-grey mane around the face. They have a black body and black tail, with a slight tuft of hair on the tip. They have a lifespan of 38 years. Body length: 40-61cm, Tail length: 24-38cm, Weight: Male 5-10kg, Female 3-6kg.

By 1971 it was known to occur only in the southern third of India, generally in the Western Ghats. In 1984 it was thought to occur in scattered locations in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Lion-tailed macaques are classified as Endangered by the IUCN Red List. They are considered to be the most endangered monkey, with only 400 individuals left in the wild. The major reason for its decline appears to have been habitat loss due to the spread of agriculture and teak, coffee, tea and other plantations. Formerly it was extensively captured for the pet trade, zoos and research, as well as for use in Oriental medicine.

They inhabit evergreen, broadleaf forest in hilly country, up to 1500m where they are diurnal (mostly active during the day) and primarily arboreal although it does occasionally descend to the ground. The lion-tailed macaque seems to be unable to adapt to human settlement; for example, it apparently doesn't travel through plantations or use them as habitat.

Lion-tailed macaques live in variable groups, sometimes with just one male and many females, or there may be two males and many females. Other times groups may range from 4-34 individuals. They usually contain about 10-20 individuals, including 1-3 adult males This species has overlapping territories and troops may temporarily split into sub groups. Lion-tailed macaques are active during the day. They spend the majority of their time in the trees, and are cautious when on the ground.

They are omnivorous and feed on leaves, roots, sprouts, nuts, fruit and invertebrates.

After a gestation period of 162-186 days, females give birth to 1 young, which weighs about 450g at birth. Source.

Post Processing was done with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0.

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To jchemas: Thanks my friendloot 1 07-09 20:01
To thor68: Toe nail lunchloot 1 07-07 22:00
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Well it's about time, Loot. : P
You sure make people wait a long time for a new post,
but it sure is worth the wait. : )
This macaque is fabulous. The pose is fantastic, with super sharp details and perfect exposure. Nice tight framing. Great DOF. Wonderful colors. I just LOVE those intense orange eyes.
Another winner. : )
TFS, my friend. : )

Hi Loot
Except for the fact that you captured a brilliant image here, I sympathize with the difficulty of capturing images through glass. Is he perhaps doing his nails? Regards.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-06 1:03]

Hello Loot,
Ce portrait est superbe et brillant... Il est vrai que c'est pas facile de faire une photo au travers d'une vitre. Belle netteté et PdC.
Well seen and well done, TFS my friend.

I was going to say thank you for your self-portrait, and then I thought that might upset you Loot!! So I won't! Also your eyes aren't so orange. . .
I love your friend, especially with the him giving himself a toenail manicure. And those intense orange eyes - what winners they are. Great capture Loot, and through teh glass it looks perfect. Well shown.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-06 2:03]

What a great shot! You really caught him a bit by surprise, Loot...at least so it seems. Good idea on posting such a picture, if you say that this is the second post of a Lion-tailed macaque on TN...gives us a chance to see more and learn more :)
Lovely colors, superb POV and details.
Bravo and TFS

Hi Loot ! This is an awesome shot ! The monkey is so beautiful, and he has such eyes ! They are really a bright orange. Details and textures od the fur are wonderful, beautiful colors, and excellent DOF and BG. Funny pose of the monkey, also, trying to eat his nails. The photo is excellent, really excellent, even if shot through a window. Very well done !

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-06 2:50]
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Hi Loot!

Extremally good portrait :-) Model is superb, pose and face, too! Small mobster doing its own business with bright, orange headlights and disrespectful pose :-) Great post Loot!

Magnificent portrait, Loot!

Hello Loot,
Superb details!
Your friend here is very well framed, in this most pleasing portrait!
Look like he's very cooperative in giving his best pose, even if I think I can see a mean streak in those eyes..?
Very good clarity in colours, with fine details all over...
Pablo -

:-) BRB! OK-

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-06 3:39]

Hello Loot,
Lovely capture.Expression on face,sharpness,clear details and composition are excellent.I think,you didnt need red eye reduction mode here:)

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-06 3:50]

Hi Loot,

Impressive shot of this macaque,especially if its shot through glass,my compliments on that as I and I tried a few times,never got a descent picture while shooting through glass,I like the orange colored eyes as well the pose he is sitting a lot,I think orange is a not so common eye color,TFS and the pictur was well worth waiting for,



Very well composed pic, showing great detail and sharpness. I particularly like the Lighting that shows off detail on a dark subject. TFS,

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-07-06 5:15]

Bonjour Loot!

Belle prise drole de façon de ce nettoiyer les orteilles. Bravo pour le travail le flash à été bien dosé et les détails sont parfaits.

Hi Loot

Ha,ha.... love the title. Magnificent shot of a stunning looking Monkey. You have done a great job here through the glass. The result is a high quality image. Love the orange eyes. Do they glow in the dark? :-)

Hi Loot,

Nicely captured and well composed and exposed. Excellent work.


Hi Loot,
WOW! I love those eyes! The fill flash exposure looks excellent here. Very nice saturated colors and tack sharp detail. A very good pose with superb facial expression. I love the frame filling composition and tight crop. This keeps all your focus on that face. Nice work!

Hello Loot, Very nice shot, excllent details, everything isvery crisp, great colors with thes big orange eyes, perfect lighting and exposure, great pov TFS Kyle

Hi Loot,
Very striking image, a winner.
The eyes grab ya immediately of course, very good impact..Excellent color, detail, DOF, framing, and use of your flash...
A unique & interesting pose, and well set against the green BG.
All in all, an exceptional image you have here. Reminds me of my chihuahuas..they are always chewing on their hind toenails :)
Very well done.

Great post, Loot!!! You can have entitled it also "the old man" for he is looking at us with so much wisdom with his so nice orange eyes! Looking at him it remember me an old story where you can find, after a long climb, the "Old Man of the Mountain". The nice green and blurry bg compliments so well the monkey. Details are awesome too and you got a great pov! Exposure is also magnifically managed! Great post and TFS,


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2006-07-06 8:30]

Hello Loot
This is a stunning shot and well worth all the effort it took to capture this fascinating character. (thanks for your notes too)
Terrific composition with a nice tight crop. the colour of the eyes is quite captivating and the lack of "green eyes" from the flash is remarkable.
Kudos from a relative newbie, Silke

Stunning shot Loot.
There's nothing to critique really, and considering you took this through glass, well I might have to just throw my compact away (just kidding). Great use of flash, well done.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2006-07-06 10:59]

Absolutely fantastic closeup. Those eyes just state at the viewer.


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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-07-06 11:07]

I love the pose, composition and the all around picture. Its an awsome capture. The only thing that I can critique, is the direct flash. Looks like the flash wansn't diffused and kinda give it a not so fluid look. A bit of hot light.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-07-06 13:59]

Bonjour Loot, bravo pour cette photo de pro! Le piqué est remarquable et la lumiére parfaite. Great composition and splendid pose of this Macaca. What a look, it seems brainy!! Very good job, best regards, Didier.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-07-06 15:07]

Great eyes - what a fantastic stare

Great background and composition but I keep getting drawn back to those eyes

Oh no, Dada Idi Amin is still alive!!! Just kidding, wow look at that posture and specially those "demented" eyes". I bet she could freighten Tarzan even if she wants too. And you did great with sharpness and color rendition.

Great portrait shot Loot, great sharpness, details and framing, well captured too. Great colours an very nice bg. This is a great compositon with an excellent note too. Thank you for posting.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-06 17:10]

Hi Loot,
An inteligent and very meaningful face. You have captured not just the face but the soul of the animal. Eye-catching portrait, very well composed, with great color (specially the eyes) and composition. Great Loot!
TFS, José M.

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-07-06 17:15]


Simply one of the best wildlife photos I have ever seen,


Hi Loot,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-07-06 18:50]

Hi Loot,
Excellent portrait of this funky monkey. Great sharp details with good exposed colours. Also good lighting and POV. Love the eyes and the hairdo. Well done and TFS.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-07-07 0:11]

Hi Loot,
Excellent Macaque portrait.
Excellent pov,dof,focus,sharpness,blurred bg,details especiallt his eyes,note,framing and his expression(pose).Well Done.TFS
Have a Great World Cup Final Weekend,

Hello Loot!
Wow! What a couple of eyes indeed! These eyes looks like traffic lights! Such a lively and great coloured! pov, framing, colours all are wonderful. Flash! through 19 mm glass!!! Very interesting and great use of flash also. btw, this wanderoo has got some bad habits, he is not a gentle one, but so cute one for sure:-)
Thank you Loot!

oh, bad hair day? *g*
excellent capture, loot! :-)
and again it´s "i don´t believe there´s glass" -
amazing, through the glass and with a flash.
how far apart where you and how far was he from the glass?
i just hate glass, most of the time it´s dirty or you get reflections - the flower dresses would have been nice, too. *g*
superb pose ("yummy, toe nails for lunch") and direct eye-contact - i guess these orange eyes glow in the dark.
wonderful job & take care, thorsten.

Bonjour Loot
C'est une splendeur ce beau portrait de ce Macaque.J'aime bien L'expression de son regard avec ses yeux couleurs de feux .Félicitation pour cette belle présentation.
Merci et bon weekend....JP

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-07-07 22:15]

Hi Loot,
Perfect shot! Excellent lighting, incredible details in the eyes, beautiful image and very well composed.
Thanks for sharing!

Wow...look at those eyes...even through thick glass this photo turned out wonderful Loot. I like how this Lion Tailed Macaque is looking right into your lens. The detail and colour of his fur if vivid and sharp. He has such a beautiful coat. Interesting how he is chewing his nails, a little human like ;) TFS Janice

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-07-08 11:24]

Hi Loot, good equipment is not inaff, you has good eye too. This is excelentshotwith all details for some magazine. Wonderfl explnation and high qualiti make this photo wonderful. TFS

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-07-09 4:55]

Wow,what Eyes Look!!!.The expression is fantastic!!!!Details are very sharp!!!

Hi Loot,
this is a great portait of a beautiful monkey.
You did a great job ubder the circumstance.
Nor easy to shot through a glass and you avoid the reflections. Good details, nice colours and compostion.
I like the pose and the POV. Maybe you could have reduce the flash with about 0.5 step.
Great work, my friend.

Hi loot,

Another great shot! I was wondering how this monkey didn't reach up and steal your camera then I read how the photo was taken. Even greater job managing not to capture everyone behind you and the annoying reflective flash. The eyes make the photo stand out perfectly and the detail of the animal such as his foot are fantastic! Great job!!

Hi Loot,
What a nasty monkey, eating its own toes nails!
funny capture. You have managed very well the use of flash. Details are very good.
Interesting and not usual for me to see orange eyes.
Thanks for sharing.

Hi Loot.
This is a superb capture. The expression and the details of the face are perfect even so the shot was done through a glass.
Another good example of perfect marksmanship my friend. You have become a genius with a camera and I can’t find anything wrong with this picture. It is perfect.
Regards and have a perfect week my friend.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-09 21:32]

Hi Loot
Great moment shot. He dont use a nail scissors I see :)
Great sharpnes, light, colours, details, DOF and POV. Also good note
Well done my friend


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-10 7:45]

Hi Loot,
wow those eyes are amazing, almost hypnotising.
POV, light and sharpness are excellent. I loke this tight crop, it actually intensifies the monkeys eyes.
Very nice done...TFS..Sky

Hi Loot,

Impressive picture with those red eyes. Well worth a big green smile. TFS.


Nice impact, the eyes and the flow of the hair. Good composition.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-12 16:10]
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Hi Loot,
Excellent detail in this shot and such an amazing pair of eyes. Excellent result for a shot taken through glass, your perseverance certainly paid off and I think that mastering aquarium shots has gone a long way here.

I have to say though that I think a couple of things would improve this shot. Firstly (and this is a subjective point and therefore just my opinion :-)) I think the flash is much too strong. If you've read my notes then you'll know I'm not a great fan of flash photography :-) I would have stopped down on the flash at least 1-1/3 stops, perhaps even 2. The other thing which is really minor is the POV, which seems a little high, so you are looking down on him. Again an opinion, 50 people at the time of writing probably wouldn't agree with me.

Hope I don't seem negative or picky as it's not meant that way, just what I would have done if this shot were for my humble gallery.
Best regards,

Hi Loot

A really lovely photo of a beautiful creature.
Those eyes are fantastic.
The little guy looks like he has just come straight out of the hairdressesrs and is now giving himself a D.I.Y. manicure.
Well I suppose it is one way of keeping his gnashers nice and white.
A great photo, even though it was taken through a thick sheet of glass.



Very nice close up portrait of this macaque the eyes say it all. Every now an then I get the urge to bite on my toenails but I could never reach them, and I thank God that I cant. I hope that your knee replacement goes well for you so that it enables you to go out and get some more fantastic shots. I just recently got back from Peru and I think I got nailed by every mosquito in the jungle. :)

You got a very nice expression on your Funky Munky.
It is a very funny shot. It looks very naugty :)
Great details and saturated colours. Excellent composition and pose. TFS.

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2006-07-16 11:20]

wow..now that is a face shot...and sooooo real..
dont know if i ever saw a shot like this before..
good use of fill

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-07-16 14:58]

Privet Loot.
By these eyes to pass it is simply impossible. Magnificent work.

Hi Loot,
Great picture!! I like those eyes . It looks like he's trying to intimidate you :-). The colors is so natural ( Same as your other pictures). The tight framing/cropping really worked well here, though i would have liked to see a bit of breating space ( just a liking , though i dont follow it most of the times :-) )
As always your note is very interesting and these are worty of compilation into a book!
Goutham R

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-07-23 16:33]

What a beauty monkey Loot , beauty eyes colours details ,exelent shot i like it , Greetings Teunie .

Hi Loot,

This is a superb photo, very sharp and clear. Love the composition. TFS


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-19 8:49]

Casi un actor de cine, esperando los flashes de los fans que lo aclaman.
Gran imagen Loot con un excelente encuadre y nitidez, que permiten apreciar los detalles del pelaje del macaco.
La mirada captada impresiona por su claridad y expresividad.
Muy buen control de la iluminación con apropiado uso del flash.
TFS y saludos... Ricardo

Almost a cinema actor, waiting the flashes of the fans that acclaim.
Great image Loot with an excellent framing and sharpness, that they allow to appreciate the details of the coat of the macaque.
The captured glance impresses for its clarity and expression.
Very good control of the illumination with appropriate use of the flash.
TFS and regards... Ricardo

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  • HaBeMa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 78 N: 91] (402)
  • [2006-09-27 16:25]
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Hi loot;very nice monkey,great frame and shot,
composition is himmmmmm....

your collection is absolutly remarcable


How come Loot that this guy looks so familiar? ;)
I think he is Mr. Aapkop! Why is he wringing his hand?

Great shot with beautiful detail. And I don't mean the hair! ;) Tfs. Baie dank voor hierdie pragtig foto! Jay

Hi Loot,
Lovely capture.
Expression on face,sharpness,clear details and composition are excellent.


Hello Loot.

Excellent image,nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hallo Loot
I actually cannot say much about this image because words fail me. This is an encredible clear and detailed image, displayed in a most pleasing manner. This Lion-tailed macaque was the perfect model if I look at this image, and it seems as if it pulled out all the stops for you as well. This is an excellent close-up with brilliant clarity and focus. Those intense orange eyes are one word marvellous and very captivating. Details and textures of the silver lines in the fur are just wonderful and such a beautiful display of colour. This is indeed a winning photograph and you deserve each point received so far and each that will be awarded in the future. Thanks for this beautiful contribution.

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