Deep or Dappled Shade
This behavior makes it difficult to take good photos of monkeys.
While in the trees they move fast and are often in deep or dappled shade,
while the sky behind can be very bright, making them appear as silhouettes.
When foraging on the ground under trees, they will again usually be in deep shade,
or partially obscured by bushes and other vegetation.
Their natural coloring doesn't help either. While the coat is a light silver-gray,
their little faces are black. It's difficult to capture this range of contrast in a
photo and often the detail is lost in their faces.
To overcome this, the photographer can try using fill-in flash to add light
to the monkey's face and put highlights in its eyes, but you need to be fairly close for this work.
Speed and Agility
Monkeys rely on their speed and agility to escape predators, so they don't
hang around posing for photographers.
If you do find a group that is comfortable
with people around, then seize your chance and grab the camera -
such photo opportunities don't happen often.
To find out more about monkeys, see our
Vervet Monkey Information page.
1.Monkeys foraging for food, Kruger NP, S Africa
2.Monkey sitting at base of tree, Kruger NP, S Africa
3.Monkeys foraging for food, Kruger NP, S Africa
1.Monkey climbing along branch, Ndumo GR, S Africa
2.Adult male vervet monkey, Victoria Falls, Zambia
3.Monkey sitting in tree, Victoria Falls, Zambia
1.Young monkey eating, Ndumo GR,
2.Two monkeys climbing tree, Ndumo GR, S Africa
3.Monkey in tree, Ndumo Game Reserve, S Africa
1.Monkey perched in tree, Ndumo GR S Africa
2.Monkey climbing along branch, Ndumo GR, S Africa
3.Monkey about to jump from branch, Ndumo GR, S Africa
1.Monkey climbing in tree, Ndumo GR, S Africa
2.Monkey having a good scratch, Ndumo GR, S Africa
3.Monkey in tree, Victoria Falls, Zambia
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