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Something in the air...

Something in the air...
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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-09-07 5:00
Viewed: 5111
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Captured in Tanzania, 20D @ 400mm, handheld from a car.

The Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus), or just simply Vervet, is an African Old World monkey species that is classified into the family Cercopithecidae. The term can also refer to all of the members of their genus, Chlorocebus.

Vervets are commonly found around South Africa, where they are classified as vermin. Sources indicate that these monkeys must go through life in constant danger of being killed by people. In South Africa, these creatures can be killed in any method without previously obtaining a permit.

The Vervet Monkey inhabits savanna and mountains up to 4000 m. Males vary in size from 45 to 85 cm and weigh between 3.5 to 7.5 kg, while females, range from 40 to 60 cm in size and between 2.5 to 5.5 kg in weight. Both have the tail lengths that can vary from 50 to 115 cm.

The Vervet Monkey is an omnivore yet mainly eats in a vegetarian style. It lives in groups that of 20 or more, however sizes are often smaller. Its gestation period is 7 months with a single offspring produced and is known to have a life span of up to 20 years.

One interesting phenomenon about the Vervet Monkey is that it seems to possess what has been called the "rudiments of language". Vervet Monkey alarm calls vary greatly depending on the different types of threats to the community. There are distinct calls to warn of invading leopards, snakes, and eagles.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-09-07 5:10]

Hi Ralf,

This is a cutie. I like the surroundings and the pose of the monkey. you managed the background very well.


Wonderful photo, brilliant composition and POV! TFS - Xplorator Radu

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-09-07 5:22]
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This is a beautiful photo! I like the focus, framing, the composition, POV, DOF, sharpness, colors a lot (anything more left to say??)... Also the expression on monkey's face is very well caught. Goes to my favorites. TFS

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-07 5:55]

Hi Ralf

A true beauty!!! The shot is absolutely amazing!
Excellent POV, great pose from the animal, superb natural fraing from the spiky tree, great blurry BG, spot-on DOF, wonderful colors and light.
This one deffinately goes to my favorites :)


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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2006-09-07 7:26]

Beautiful shot of this little guy.

amazing capture, I like the light and the clear Acacia habitat. thanks, Ori

Hi Ralf,
Well done here.
Good compo, nice colours,...
Really, I like it.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-09-07 12:32]

wauw, great shot Ralf,
the pose is just perfect, the look in the lens the point of view and the fantastic dof, very good job,
gr. jaap

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-09-07 13:14]

Hello Ralf,
Great portrait of this Velvet Monkey and I like his facial expression. You have framed him beautifully with the acacia and BG is fine.
TFS this and info.
Regards, ivan

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-09-07 14:09]

Hi Ralf,

Excellent capture, love the composition & pose, hope the Monkey doesent get a prick off one of those nasty thorns, the details are excellent and lovely colours too.

TFS Hilary :)

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2006-09-07 15:26]

this couldnt be better or sharper...even the thorn bush is pretty much more sharper looking
useful note
and the eyes have it with the look of askance
good animal portrait in its domain..not ours
which is true nature photography
i saw them at lake manyara and a few other places but didnt get this type of shot
good work

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-09-07 16:53]

Hi Ralf, truly excellent shot. Great lighting and colours, brilliant POV and I love the way you framed the shot with the thorns, great control over the DOF.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-09-08 0:59]

Hi Ralf,
This is a beautiful shot. Great pose of the monkey sitting amidst the thorn tree. A great natural frame. Very sharp details and gorgeous colors. TFS. : )

Both composition and colors are brilliant.
The atmosphere coming from its funny face and the sharp spikes is great too.
A master piece

  • ewiczek Gold Star Critiquer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 0] (815)
  • [2006-09-09 23:19]

great photo

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2006-12-30 2:20]

Awesome shot. Simply wonderful

What a cutie!!! The thorn never bother monkeys!

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2009-03-03 9:50]

Bonsoir Ralf,
Superbe photo : composition, couleurs et netteté. L'instant est également bien choisi pour son attitude. Bravo.

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