Mervyn Hurwitz  

Capuchin Monkeys by Mervyn Hurwitz

August 2022 - Capuchin Monkeys

August 2022 - Mervyn Hurwitz


About the Image(s)

Taken on our recent visit to Costa Rica. The Capuchins are quite used to tourists and are playful and friendly. Some came right up to a wheel chair looking for food!
The background was very messy with bright light coming through the trees, so I converted to black and white in photoshop and darkened the background.

Sony A7III with 200-600mm lens at 200mm
ISO 2000. f8, 1/250 hand held

6 comments posted

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
I like how you chose monochrome for this image, as you have complete values from light to black. The capuchins are very sharp and their expressions are clear. I worked at a zoo and the capuchins were huge troublemakers, and you can see it in their faces! Just looking to cause a big problem!   Posted: 08/02/2022 20:45:10

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
This works well in b/w with the contrasting lights and darks. The little one to the left provides a nice counter point to the gaze of the adults.   Posted: 08/06/2022 09:58:32

Geoff Wiggins   Geoff Wiggins
Mervyn, great choice turning it into a b&w and removing the distracting background, all works well. Good on you being able to visit such an interesting part of the world.   Posted: 08/08/2022 00:03:03

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Excellent range of tones from white to black, Mervyn. The expression on their faces indicates that all three are in deep thought. It was fortunate that the center monkey was darker and the two outside monkeys were lighter, good capture.   Posted: 08/08/2022 16:05:06

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Wow... Great image. I personally like both images but I totally agree that the B/W version has a much less distracting background. All 3 Capuchins have very distinctive expressions. The B/W version is also helping in toning down the brightest of their faces seen on the color version.
This is a keeper!   Posted: 08/13/2022 13:37:30

Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
looking at the original photo and your edit I believe black and white was the right direction as it really did help to remove the background and draw attention to the subject. Personally I don't think there is anything I would have done differently.
  Posted: 08/16/2022 08:59:59


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