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Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:30 AM

Macaque borrows photographer's camera to take hilarious self-portraits

Visiting a national park in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, award-winning photographer Mr Slater left his camera unattended for a while.

It soon attracted the attention of an inquisitive female from a local group of crested black macaque monkeys, known for their intelligence and dexterity.

Fascinated by her reflection in the lens, she then somehow managed to start the camera. The upshot: A splendid self-portrait.






http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2011051/Black-macaque-takes-self-portrait-Monkey-borrows-photographers-camera.html



The macaque also took some pictures of her fellow primates and a picture of a confused photographer who was trying to bribe a macaque with bananas in order to get his camera back.


“They were quite mischievous jumping all over my equipment, and it looked like they were already posing for the camera when one hit the button. The sound got his attention and he kept pressing it. At first it scared the rest of them away but they soon came back – it was amazing to watch.”

“He must have taken hundreds of pictures by the time I got my camera back, but not very many were in focus. He obviously hadn’t worked that out yet. I wish I could have stayed longer as he probably would have taken a full family album.”

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The authenticity of the images was questioned on Twitter but Slater says they are genuine. “They do look strange anyway because of their punk hairdo and their reddish eyes.”


http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/04/shutter-happy-monkey-photographer#

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Reply Macaque borrows photographer's camera to take hilarious self-portraits (Original post)
progressoid Feb 2013 OP
CurtEastPoint Feb 2013 #1
progressoid Feb 2013 #3
Derek in Iowa Feb 2013 #19
Baitball Blogger Feb 2013 #2
progressoid Feb 2013 #4
Arkansas Granny Feb 2013 #5
AnneD Feb 2013 #6
robinlynne Feb 2013 #10
BlancheSplanchnik Feb 2013 #20
robinlynne Feb 2013 #22
BlancheSplanchnik Feb 2013 #23
robinlynne Feb 2013 #24
BlancheSplanchnik Feb 2013 #25
siligut Feb 2013 #7
Curmudgeoness Feb 2013 #8
Jim Lane Feb 2013 #9
CrispyQ Feb 2013 #11
OnyxCollie Feb 2013 #12
h2ebits Feb 2013 #13
tomm2thumbs Feb 2013 #14
progressoid Feb 2013 #15
tomm2thumbs Feb 2013 #16
progressoid Feb 2013 #17
area51 Feb 2013 #18
Tuesday Afternoon Feb 2013 #21

Response to progressoid (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:40 AM

1. Love this, although I fully expected to see a photo of George Allen. Oh...wait...

that's 'macaca'

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 01:27 PM

3. That's insulting

These creatures are much smarter than Allen.

And cuter too.



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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 02:12 PM

19. Me too!!!

Thank God we were wrong.

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 12:00 PM

2. This so richly belongs on the Greatest Page.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 01:27 PM

4. Thanks.

I think I'm putting that first shot on my cell phone!

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 01:34 PM

5. I love it!

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 01:51 PM

6. The first shot is hilarious.....

if they could only know to focus.

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Response to AnneD (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 06:46 PM

10. the first one is focused professionally, on the eyes. which sort of makes me doubt it.

On autofocus, the camera would have focused on her mouth, in the center of the frame. The other 2 shots are focused in the center.
I dun know about that first shot....

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Response to robinlynne (Reply #10)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 12:41 PM

20. if the aperture is closed down, as it would be in bright light, you get high depth of field

That means that most of the shot, from say, 5 feet from lens to the far distance, will be in focus.

So there is a lot of focused area front and back of the point of auto-focus....

With a lower light condition, like this with lots of ambient light but not as bright as full sun, you have a shorter depth of field. So you still have an area before and behind the focal piont that is sharp, but past that area blurs, like we are seeing here.

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #20)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:57 PM

22. correct, but it would not focus on the eyes. autofocus focuses on the center of the image.

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Response to robinlynne (Reply #22)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:10 PM

23. uh huh...but I'm pretty sure there's still enough depth of field for the whole face to be sharp

You can see in the other pics that the DoF looks like it's about 4 or so feet deep..couple of feet ahead and couple of feet past the focal point.

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #23)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 01:07 PM

24. which is why I pointed out that that particular pic is different. nose is out of focus.

There is little depth of field, and somehow the eyes are in focus.

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Response to robinlynne (Reply #24)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 02:52 PM

25. ah, see now

Been web surfing with my phone. Pic looked focused...so I zoomed in and you're right, the nose, teeth, chin slightly out of focus.


Looking forward to gettin DSL set up tomorrow!

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 02:24 PM

7. Well, they have been typing RW policies for years now

Love these, so glad he decided to share them.

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 02:36 PM

8. The first shot is gorgeous.

The second shot is so studious!

I love these.....and she is obviously having fun with her reflection in the lens. This brightens my day!

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 04:40 PM

9. The second photo has a copyright notice on it.

Is the Calers News Agency claiming that it cut some kind of deal with the macaque to acquire the copyright?

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 10:56 AM

11. Kicking for morning smiles!

Love this!!

Thanks for sharing!

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 12:00 PM

12. LOL! nt

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 09:14 PM

13. The first pic is hilarious. . .

Thanks for giving me a hearty laugh.

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 12:53 AM

14. does this prove any monkey can take a good photograph? I'm KIDDING!!!


but it does give me pause hahahahahah

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Response to tomm2thumbs (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 01:02 AM

15. heh heh

Sometimes that is true.

(I'm a photographer by trade)

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Response to progressoid (Reply #15)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 01:10 AM

16. I'm sure they only posted the good shots



Probably every 1 out of 100 monkey shots is good whereas an amateur human ratio would be more like 1 out of 30 and a professional photographer would be 1 out of 4 <g>

(am I still digging deeper?) bwahhahahaha

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Response to tomm2thumbs (Reply #16)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 01:18 AM

17. As soon at they start using PhotoShop, I'm quitting!

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 02:55 AM

18. Say cheese! n/t

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:47 PM

21. that face! these are great. thanks for the info and pics. K&R

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