Vervets are quite small, with adult males weighing around 5.5 kg (12 lbs), while females weigh around 4 kg (9 lbs).
Contrast in Colors
In addition to finding a subject happy to pose for you,
a challenge when snapping monkeys is the
contrast between their light grey bodies and black faces.
Your camera's light meter is likely to expose for the gray
body, so the small face and dark eyes will be
underexposed, showing very little detail. If possible, use the built-in flash
on your film or digital camera - even in broad daylight - as this will help
"fill-in" or brighten the dark areas.
Of course, if the monkey is sitting with angled
sunlight on its face and there are bright highlights in
its eyes, then you're in luck.
Entertaining to Watch
Travellers on Safari, when visiting African game parks, often make the mistake of not
stopping to watch monkeys - understandable when time is
limited and there's other wildlife still to be seen.
However, watching a troop of 15 to 20 monkeys,
including juveniles and mothers with babies, can be much
more entertaining than observing a couple of lions
sleeping under a tree.
The interaction between members of the troop, and the
similarities to their human cousins, is great fun to
watch and photograph. Because of their small size, you'll need
a reasonably long lens - at least 200mm in most cases - to get reasonable pics
In a Huddle
The photos of the two mothers with their babies and the group in a huddle (Row 4)
were taken on safari in the Kruger National Park in mid-summer.
Why they are all so tightly huddled is a mystery -
it was overcast, but certainly not cold (about 22C).
For more monkey photos, see:
Monkey Pictures Pg 2
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