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This one touched me

This one touched me
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-29 7:56
Viewed: 5673
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thankyou to all the people who gave me such lovely critiques yesterday! To be honest, photographing the Snow Monkeys may be the wildlife equivalent of photographing Venice - it is hard to get a bad shot! ;)

This one was much much harder - it involved an exhausting 2 hour trek up the side of the volcano in thick mist (thats why the film got its name) and drizzle. The light was awful - hence the high shutter speed - and my room for movement was non existent (I was standing on bent over bamboo which was saturated and slippery) - about three metres to the right of this was the big male I posted earlier, sitting in what was his nest. The guides placed us in these positions, however, it was not until the person next to me dropped their water and the guides disappeared to get it and appeared way beneath me, that I realised I was about 4 - 5 meters above the ground - the bamboo suddenly seemed very insecure.

The magical thing about this shot was, when we got there the Silverback was on the nest - as we were placed into viewing positions two youngsters appeared from behind us. They wanted to get back to the family group and as we were in the way, they walked past us - I proved to be a convenient 'branch' for this one, so he climbed up me to this vantage point, from where he started to eat bamboo. He smelt of ripe fruit - mainly bananas - it was a magical moment - totally worth all the mud, giant stinging nettles, wet clothes .......

I do hope you like this one, if only for the moment it captured.

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Hi James
Beautiful portrait and also great story in your note. I like the POV and OOF background.
Best wishes

Wonderful photo adventure note James! This guy/gal is too cute! Lovely pose and comp. Good DOF. Tfs Richard

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-29 8:23]

Hi James,
i loved you note, i really did...man i envy you. Pic's not bad either ;o) Great expression and very well captured, considering your precarious situation. Great stuff, thanks.

Oh those treks...I know of them from back in the day, but this is the kind of trek which leaves ones spirit dynamically added upon. And here....what an expression...so human in feeling and able to express through facials...A marvelous catch which even "that woman who studied gorillas and I cannot remember her name or yeah Goodall...) would like this as well...

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-04-29 8:56]

This picture was worth just reading the post but the picture itself is worth the expression of this beautiful animal almost human or is it the opposite?? ;-) The fur is so thick and dark, it also looks clean and the smell of ripe fruit is fantastic. Just like bears, those big ones eat fruits and leaves, cann you imagine? I don't think they eat much meat if they do. Superb and I also think that when light is scarce and that you manage to get a nice picture, it is superb with detailsand subtility. Thank you James, well worth the trip!


Hello James,
A beautiful animal.
Must have been a very special moment for you.

Hello James,

I can see why is so touching, look at that face and to think
about these animals are serious danger of extinction is
sickening, thanks so much for a wonderful portrait.
Great composition, colors and sharpness are superb
..Well done


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-29 9:40]

Hi James,

Quite a story - and you ended up with a magnificent shot. The expression on his face is marvelous. And what a face it is with those features. Excellent details - excellent colors - just an amazing photo.


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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-04-29 10:56]

Hola james, un buen documento, con una buena nota informativa, la fotografia tecnicamente me parece muty buena en todos los sentidos, especialmente en los detalles de la expresiˇn del gorila. Un saludo

Hello James, excellent capture, excellent notes, I wonder how long it will be before we never have the opportunity again to see a wild primate in its natural habitat......excellent image. tfs

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-29 11:41]

Hi James . I am sure you know it but you are a lucky man to have been so close to such a fantastic animal. The detail in the fluffed up fur is spot on it looks like he has a big winter coat on. , and the look on its face. TFS.

Another splendid shot on a facial expression my dear friend James. TFS and also thanks for your kind comments on my 100th post.


SarÓ difficile fare delle fotografie veramente brutte, ma Ŕ molto pi¨ difficile fare delle fotografie "straordinarie". Un altro bellissimo ritratto, eccellenti POV e composizione e momento di cattura, ottima nitidezza, molto belli i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

hello James

excellent portrait shot of the Silverback, fine POV and DOF,
i specially love the POV and the animal's pose and look,
great sharpness and details of the Silverback , TFS


HI Paul
What an amazing experience. Great shot in adverse conditions...the adrenalin must have been pumping faster than that shutter speed!
I enjoyed reading your note and adore the photo

wonderful story, wonderful photo! TFS

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-04-30 5:16]

Hello James,
Superb portrait capture of this monkey. TFS. Regards,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-30 6:24]

What a fantastic shot of this Gorilla, James!!
The expression on his face is very calming.
Sharp as ever with great clarity.
Very good composition too.
Excellent notes.



Hi James,
A nice capture of this kong. I think it is a kid. Very good composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-04-30 7:13]

Hi James
Beautiful portrait.Good POV and sharp image.you had master the details of that dark fur very nicely.
TFS Michel

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-01 1:49]

Hello James,
What a pose you have captured. Excellent clarity and lovely note. Ganesh smiley tmrw

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-05-01 4:56]

hello James,
There is something very touching about this picture and it has also more impact, because taken in the wild. There is something so harmless in the eyes of this monkey (gorilla?).Very interesting light too. I just saw a few days ago a very impressive documentary on Jane Godall.
Best regards

Hi James,
Great story about this incredible encounter. The picture is worth a thousand words and then some. I would love to have seen this in person. TFS
Paul :)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-01 19:26]

Hello James,
A magnificent capture of what would have been an amazing experience. I would have had to have reached out to it. The trust it put into must have given you a great compliment.Thank you for sharing this moment.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-05-30 6:57]

Hello James
No time to say more. Just marvellous!! I love it!!!
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.

P :)

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