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Capuchin Monkey by Mike Cohen

October 2019 - Capuchin Monkey

October 2019 - Mike Cohen


About the Image(s)

This is a Brown Capuchin Monkey taken in the Pantanal region of Brazil. We saw several monkeys but there were almost always lots of branches, twigs and often very harsh light. I liked the shape of this guy crossing from one tree to another and saw it as a black and white but decided to leave it in color but push the contrast strongly and desaturate quite a bit. I tried to emphasize the light hitting the monkey but maintain somewhat of a silhouette. Taken with my Sony a7riii, Sony 400mm with a 1.4 extender at 560mm, f/4.5, 1/1000 second, ISO 250. As you can see, I cropped in, rotated the frame and removed the leaves and twigs. I was torn about the leafy branch behind the monkey, which I liked, but in the end thought it better without it.

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8 comments posted

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
I think your crop is a good one. The branches take my eye away from the subject rather than to it. The image is too bright for me. I think it would work better as a monochrome. You could pull out more shadows/details and decrease the harsh light.   Posted: 10/02/2019 17:14:42

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Yes, monochrome would be great, but I suggest a pure silhouette.   Posted: 10/03/2019 18:01:30

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
The first thing I noticed about this image was the shape, just as you have suggested. But my next thought was that this would make a good silhouette image. So, my idea would be that unless you can pull more detail out on the head and torso of the monkey, I would completely darken it. Then I would make it a monochrome image.
I have a similar shot from the New River in Belize and I have worked and worked on it without success, so I am not sure my suggestions have any merit. Too bad he didn't turn his head and look at the camera.   Posted: 10/06/2019 11:27:32

John Roach   John Roach
Mike, Nicely composed and executed crop. I vote for monochrome silhouette because you can, it will enhance the visual experience and the current background compared to the animal doesn't seem in harmony and the background seem to be very bright.   Posted: 10/13/2019 12:13:18

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Great feedback. Thanks.   Posted: 10/15/2019 16:31:36

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Mike, I love your minimalist composition: the negative white space, the diagonal branch, the curves in the tail and hand. While a monochrome silhouette would be wonderful, I fear that the look of intense concentration in the face might be lost. I find the patches of light on the animal's body and particularly his face to add interest. I wonder where he is going.   Posted: 10/24/2019 21:23:47

Tom Brott   Tom Brott
I have trouble with this image. I find the lack of detail in the monkey makes the image very blah to me. Some others have suggested a silhouette type image and I have to agree. I even thought that inverting colors might enhance this image (it is different).   Posted: 10/25/2019 20:02:51
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Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
That's a cool idea. Creative. I appreciate negative critique which I find the most valuable. I'm not sure myself about this image. It helps to get others honest impressions. Thanks   Posted: 10/25/2019 20:54:06