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Copyright: Francois DORMOY (dormoy) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 2 N: 41] (218)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1975
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon F2, Kodachrom 64
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Monkeys [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-12 13:22
Viewed: 5990
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took that picture in the Bronx Zoo (New York). The monkey was in a dark area, behind a glass. The glass was dirty. I used a flash that I oriented upward from a low position. In fact the monkey was staring at the flash as he was intrigued. The flash was connected to my camera with an extension cord using the hot shoe of the Camera. Then when I took the picture (having the flash in my left hand and the camera in the right hand) the flash created a reflection on the glass. I was lucky that the background was distant from the animal and therefore stayed dark. The question is : should the animal be centered in the frame ? or left as it is in the right hand side ??

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Interesting picture François. I would cut the left part since it does not add anything to the composition (because it's black); leaving only he main subject in the almost square frame. Only an opinion, since you asked for it.
The overall effect is fantastic: he seems to be playing with some sort of fireworks.

You should have titled: Merlin the magician :)
What a nice shot you got Fracois, I like very much.
I agree with Rene, a more square framing would be stronger, allowing us to see bigger.
As I said, to me it seems a magician making a special receipe.
Welcome to TN!

This is a really awesome photo! The monkey really does seem to be amazed by the light. I have done a workshop on it, hope you like it! thanks! -laurita

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ***
Color: **
DOF: **
POV: ***

Great atmosphere in this shot, it looks like a magician.
Well done.

I like this shot Just the bright light and the moneys face makes it dramatic looking.I think he if a magician from the Planet of The Apes.

Francois, I admit that I passed your photo up at 1st glance because it looked fake - not real. To answer your ? I think I would've centered for this type of subject/shot. Interesting & unique effect seen...sometimes these shots just come along & amaze..never to be duplicated. This is one! Welcome!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-14 15:46]

Interesting shot with a lot of mood in it. I like it. Well done and thanks for posting

I must have missed this fantastic capture. It is a dramatic shot for sure and I like the composition. Great post.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-17 23:21]

François, to me, the composition is perfect. I think you don't need to change anything.

I liked your note. This is not a common shot. I think it's almost mysterious. Great job.

This is one of those photoes that is best left as it is!
The compostion is just right - the decisive moment!

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