Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Photography Showdown: Monkeys vs. Toddlers

You may have seen this story about a "cheeky black macaque" monkey stealing a camera and using it to take a fairly good self-portrait.


From a British news site called Metro:
David Slater had left his equipment around some crested black macaques when it was snatched by one.

‘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 46-year-old said.

‘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.’

The award-winning photographer from Coleford, Gloucestershire was in a national park north of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi when he encountered the endangered monkeys.
I was impressed by the picture, especially since Elliot has taken a recent interest in photography — and he's nowhere near that good!

Here's a sampling.

Elliot's favorite subject is Yaya. Warning: Yaya isn't clothed in these pictures (though they're tastefully done). It may not be safe for work.


Here's one that's actually in focus.


One of his better shots of his mom.


Elliot snapped this in front of the Campanile, facing the wrong way. I guess he thought it would be too obvious to shoot the tower itself.


I'd say the monkeys have won this round.