Isaac Vaisman M.D., FACRO  

Cuddling by Isaac Vaisman M.D., FACRO

September 2020 - Cuddling

September 2020 - Isaac Vaisman M.D., FACRO

Original 1

September 2020 - Isaac Vaisman M.D., FACRO

Original 2

About the Image(s)

Cuddling was created this past July at the Detroit ZOO. I was on a job assignment in Monroe-MI at had to make a reservation to go to the ZOO due to limited access to people due to COVID-19. I had to keep my face mask on all the time even on the open outdoors, as well as keep the social distance. Upon entering the ZOO I saw a sign stating that a baby chimpanzee named ZANE had been born on January 2020 so I went to the primates zone of the ZOO and spent a few hours waiting until the baby would be visible. I used my Nikon Z6 with the FTZ adapter to use F mount lenses with the 70-200 mm f/2.8 + 2x TC for a total of 400 mm and with these settings: ISO 800, f/8 and 1/1000 second. Mother and child where pretty much far away (see original) and it was close to noon on a very sunny day, so they kept under the shadow.
The image was PP in LightRoom Classic for white balance, light in the shadows, vibrance and clarity and cropped to the central subject. Interesting how the mother protects, carries, and plays with the kid. I am attaching the original out of the camera just reduced to the size and an additional image of the mother carrying the baby on her back.

6 comments posted

Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Hi Isaac, You really pulled out a lot from the original image. I would like to see a tighter crop to focus more on the baby, but it looks like a really big crop already. I do like the three hands that are visible, especially the mothers hand. Considering the light you had to work with you did a nice job of exposure. I really like the face in the other image, it is to bad that the mother was looking away or you would have had a real winner. I did send you an image On August 28 and replied to your reminder asking for conformation on Monday Sept. 1 Not sure what to do. Will try to resend. Sorry for the hassle. Bruce   Posted: 09/02/2020 22:01:16

Walt Brunner   Walt Brunner
Isaac, the expression on the baby's face really makes the shot. Your cropping and exposure made the shadows fade away. I also like the shot of mother carrying baby. The look on his face is priceless. Did you shoot this on tripod or handheld? The clarity is excellent. Well done.   Posted: 09/03/2020 17:49:23
Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Walt, it was handheld: 1/1000 sec   Posted: 09/03/2020 18:21:47

Mary Frost   Mary Frost
Isaac, I especially like the sharp fur near the baby's face! I am impressed by your patience to hang around and wait for the right moment. I, also, like the shot with the Mom. It has quite a story of how the baby is carried around.   Posted: 09/03/2020 18:24:28

Marie Costanza   Marie Costanza
Isaac, once again your wildlife image is so effectively composed and processed. I particulary love the way the mom's hand points upward towards the baby's hand, which then points down to the other hand. I'm wondering if you might consider removing the circular pinkish spot (what appears to be a body part on the left side of the mama) next to the tree. It seems a bit distracting. Thanks for sharing your other image...what a delightful face on that little chimp.   Posted: 09/03/2020 18:55:41

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
I am amazed of the detail you have extracted from your huge crop! There is so much detail to enjoy in the textures and relative size of the hands. A lovely wildlife image very skill fully crafted! Thank you for sharing Isaac with the story detail.   Posted: 09/23/2020 14:14:34


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