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Sacred Monkey Forest – Ubud Indonesia

Ubud is a phenomenal city located nearer to the middle of Bali, far away from the chaos of Kuta. Often advertised as Bali’s cultural destination, Ubud is host to a healthy tourist industry although much more civilized one.

The streets are uncharastically absent of car horns and phallic bottle openers and even a short walk can unearth new and interesting discoveries.

Despite the reports of simian-human violence and its reputation as a busy tourist destination, an early morning visit proved peaceful and interesting for photographs.

Aperture:ƒ/5 Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III Focal length:200mm ISO:4000 Shutter speed:1/320s

I always find monkeys very interesting, their actions and personalities are a little too close to our own. They can certainly be troublemakers and I suggest leaving any food or even your wallet at home when visiting a place where monkeys are so used to humans. They will pick the sunglasses off of your head or steal the watch from your wrist. If you resist they may bite, reminding me I may find familiar helices if I looked very close.

Aperture:ƒ/5 Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III Focal length:200mm ISO:2000 Shutter speed:1/400s

Aperture:ƒ/5 Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III Focal length:200mm ISO:1600 Shutter speed:1/640s

I love observing primates in pairs, grooming, making eye contact or pestering each other. There seems to be a genuine care for each member of the group.

Aperture:ƒ/5 Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III Focal length:172mm ISO:2500 Shutter speed:1/400s

Aperture:ƒ/5 Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III Focal length:200mm ISO:5000 Shutter speed:1/400s

Also interesting is the family unit. The babies typically stay close to their parents and the parents can carry them on their belly without impairment in walking or bounding up branches.

Aperture:ƒ/5 Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III Focal length:200mm ISO:1600 Shutter speed:1/400s

Still, like all animals, the babies are the biggest attraction, they seem to like all the attention.

Aperture:ƒ/5 Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III Focal length:200mm ISO:1250 Shutter speed:1/640s

Even though these crab-eating macaques are free to roam in the forest they hang around here and go about their business (get it?) until one of the local keepers opens a huge cage of food.

Aperture:ƒ/5 Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III Focal length:118mm ISO:2500 Shutter speed:1/400s

Don’t eat too much silly monkey.

Aperture:ƒ/5 Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III Focal length:176mm ISO:5000 Shutter speed:1/400s

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  • Christopher Martin

    Very nice set Jeff. It’s nice to see those monkeys again, I haven’t been there for a long time.

  • Adam Rasmussen

    Sweet nips on them monkeys. I like how you captured the red. Very emotional.
    Nice shots, dude.