Category Archives: Monkey & Ape Photographs
Among all animals, the primates (monkeys and especially apes) are interesting photographic motifs for the same reasons that make them interesting to look at: Their manlike behavior, their intense facial expressions and their intelligence.
While primates can be observed in the wild in Africa, Asia, Southern and Central South America and some regions of Europe, they can only be seen in zoos in Germany, which is where these photos were taken.
This photo of a Squirrel Monkey on a wood truss was taken in the zoo of Eckenhagen (ger.: Affen- und Vogelpark Eckenhagen). This zoo is famous for it’s numerous bird species and nowadays also for it’s monkeys (Barbary Macaques and Squirrel Monkeys as of 2010).
At an aperture of f/6.3, the background nicely fades into blur, while the foreground objects (the primate and the wooden timber) are sharply focused.
This red coated Orangutan climbed the net of which the walls of his cage are made. The photo was taken in the zoo of Gelsenkirchen (ger.: Zoom Erlebniswelt Gelsenkirchen).
I usually try to photograph zoo animals in a way so that it is not apparent that the photos show animals in captivity. In the case of this ape however, the white net as well as the metal structures in the background underline the unnatural character of being imprisoned and match the general theme of the picture.
This ape turned his head when hearing the shutter of my camera for the first time. The second photo which was taken in that moment is shown here. The location was the zoo of Krefeld (ger.: Zoo Krefeld), which is a nice little zoo.
The Lowland Gorilla has a sad look in his eyes. The photo is a lot like a portrait shot of a human. The wide open aperture results in a blurred background, which further strengthens the intensity of the silverback’s direct look at the viewer. The light earthy colors match the melancholic tone of this picture.
This photo of a Mantled Guereza mother and child was taken in the zoo of Krefeld (ger.: Zoo Krefeld). The Guereza is a Colobus monkey and is also known as Eastern or Abyssinian Black-and-white Colobus, and is native to Africa.
Chimps are the closest living relatives to humans and are native to Central and Western Africa. The body language of the ape in this picture reminds one of human behavior, resting his head on his left arm and looking into the distance, lost in thought. The photo was taken in the zoo of Krefeld (ger.: Zoo Krefeld).
This photo of a resting baboon was taken in the zoo of Cologne in late 2011. It was one of the first pictures I took with the Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L lens.
The picture is not shown in original size, but also in the full-size picture (click here for a 100% crop) the sharpness produced by the lens is amazing.