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Vervet Monkey

Vervet Monkey
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-14
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Kruger National Park 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-05 6:08
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kruger National Park, day 11 (11/20).
Image taken along the H1-7 on my way from Shingwedzi to Punda Maria. Punda Maria is situated in the northwest of Kruger.
Weather was very hot.

Together with the Chacma Baboon the Verver Monkey is common in Kruger.
The Cercopithecus aethiops (L:1m; 5kg) is social and omnivorous. They spend their time in the trees near rivers using them food, shelter and refuge.

And I got 'a passenger' in my car in the beginning of the safari while I was alone at an at your own risk get-out point
in N'wamanzi. Left the door open in case of emergency while being outside the car. Wrong idea.
Never leave your door open when you are getting out of the car. Convinced there was nothing but nevertheless in a hurry, I made some images. Turned away from the wonderful Olifants river view, to get back in my car. "Surprise..", a Vervet Monkey was sitting on the back bench of my car amidst camera gear, eating a cookie. Bought some cookies in a shop. He had opened the plastic. Unbelievable! Fortunately he jumped out immediately when he saw me being 'in some state'...
They can be little crooks.
Empty your fridge, taking away your food,...and it seems they bite. I saw there teeth...'wow'.

Here, he or she was sitting in a tree. Cloned a few little branches 'in the south'.
Cropped a bit.
PP workflow more or less as usual.

Hope you like this portrait. Thanks for your critiques yesterday. Have a nice day!

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
14/10/2007 06:57:54
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
Focal Length
560,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

MMM, fartash, Maite, Christian76, nglen, wallhalla15, mlines, dejo, anel, thiv56, jcoowanitwong, Silke, pilonm, earthtraveler has marked this note useful
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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-05 6:17]

Hi Annick
Another fabulous portrait.Once again excellent POV and very sharp iamge whit lexcellent details.I really like the eye contact.
TFS Michel

Hello Annick
Wonderful shot of this Verve Monkey,
Perfect focusing,composition and BG,Welldone.


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-05 6:48]

Hi Annick, all of your shots are superb, so clear and sharp, always perfectly exposed. This is another fine example. A charming portrait of this monkey with bright eyes looking straight at you. Details and colour tones and good light make it a most excellent shot.
Notes on settings very interesting.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-05 7:01]

A magnificent portrait of this cute monkey with keen eyes.
Excellent job!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-05 7:14]

Fantastic eye-contact from this little monkey.
The small red eyes are very piercing!
+++ Superb POV and pose.
Lovely soft lighting that works well with the colours.
I love the BG.
Great composition aswell.
--- Nothing :D
Well done Annick!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-05 8:08]

Hello Annick,
What a beauty! Excellent sharpness, details and soft light. The eye-contact and POV are great. Very good BG and composition.

Hi Annik,
a particularly nice pose & expression of velvet monkey.even though it was hot in kruger the monkey seems to have a problem with running nose.amazing details .

Bonjour Annick
Encore une belle photo
Belle netteté, arrière plan bien flou et bonne composition.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-11-05 9:11]

Hurrah! Monkey aganin!
Birds are great, but I think that your pictures of mammals are especially wonderful. This one is very good. Sharp and detail are perefect, color and light - better that we can wait from any camera. I like it!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-05 11:49]

Hi Annick. This is a first class close up of the Monkey. you have captured such a fine pose in the face. great detail in the fur, with natural colours. good use of the light in the eyes. well done TFS, good notes too.

Hello Annick,
very good shot. Great sharpness, exposure and POV. This is a very good composition. Thank you.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-11-05 13:56]

Hi Annick. A beautifull crisp and colourful composition. This close up using 400 mm is very good to see. The fur looks so real in this photograph. TFS. Murray.

I'm running out of ways of expressing how super your shots are!!! This shot was worth losing a few cookies. The over the shoulder pose is striking.

Evelynn : )

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-11-05 22:50]

What an intense look from this beautiful monkey.
Fantastic eye-contact.
I really like the coloring on the monkey,
and the complementary hues in the BG.
A very pleasing image.
TFS. : )

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-05 22:51]

Hi Annick

Wonderful portrait with superb detail and POV. The eyes are magnificent.


Beautiful portrait with fantastic detail - every hair seems to be in focus.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-06 0:55]

Hello Annick,
Beautiful portrait!
Great composition and focus on eyes!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-06 1:39]

hello Annick,
All your pictures are so good and it is most interesting to see all this different species you met in Kruger (for me just a dream). This monkey portrait is perfect: expression, composition, sharpness, just professional work.
Thanks a lot. Bonne journée

Hello Annick!

Great photo, wonderful portrait of this monkey! Excellent composition, POV, DOF and colours! TFS.

Hi Annick,
Enjoy seeing this wonderful image. The body hairs look like velvet. POV and composition are great. TFS images from this well known Kruger National Park.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-06 9:02]

Fabulous portrait!
The sharpness of the subject is perfectly offset by the oof BG
Superb posting once again

Hello Annick,

Kruger Park seems to be a wonderful place on earth and I must say that I envy you a little bit ;-)

This monkey is delightful! He looks at you so intensly with his great red eyes! Details on the fur are amazing and you choose an excellent POV in order to have that soft bg...

Great job and TFS!


Hi Annick,
Nicely composed sharp image of this monkey.
He looks like he could steal your cookies.
TFS and the fun note

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