Sunday, October 11, 2009

Howler monkey hanging on a branch

Howler monkeys like to hang out in trees. This is a typical pose. They are not particularly energetic because their diet consists primarily of leaves, which of course do not have a lot of nutritional value and do not give them a lot of energy.

Howler monkeys are content to sit or hang in the trees and stare at humans who stare and take photos of them.

This photo illustrates the challenge of trying to get a good photo of howler monkeys. Usually you are pointing the camera up at bright sky and the howler monkeys are very dark. The back lighting causes the monkeys to appear even darker. The trick to being able to photograph their features is to move to an angle where the background behind the monkey is mostly leaves and there is not as much sky in the frame.

Today is Sunday, so that means that we have posted new photos on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site. This week we are showing some photos of Budapest, Hungary.

8 comments:

brattcat said...

For those coming after me, please, please enlarge. This is a beautiful photograph.

Sharon said...

I hope everyone enlarges this photo to get a better look. This is a fantastic photo of this little animal and there is quite a lot of detail to be seen.

Jarart said...

You have made a wonderful portrait of a beautiful creature. It is so well groomed! Soft hair and well manicured finger nails. Must be a good salon in the area!

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

such a great shot of this howler monkey resting after eating and then feeding on those narcotic leaves for their digestive system that make them so sleepy

glenda said...

What a sweet little face. Very nice shot with the leaves and sky behind. Julie, didn't know the had a narcotic effect.

Tash said...

I'd be very content to be this monkey in my next life. :)
That is an excellent photo...I know what you mean about the difficulty of getting a good shot pointing up a tree.

Cherie said...

heheh - well that's a cute hanger right there!

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

Great shot! The posture of this howler monkey reminds me of a sloth just upside down.

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