Ubud Monkey Forest

The Ubud Monkey Forest is an ecological reserve and a temple complex that houses a large number of Balinese long-tailed macaque / Crab-eating Macaque (Macaca fascicularis). You can get close to these cheeky monkeys as they’ve lost the fear of humans, but you should think twice because tourists are bitten by these monkeys on a daily basis. This usually happens when the tourist has a bag containing food.  Such a monkey bite can be a serious medical event given the variety of viruses monkeys carry that can be transferred to humans. One small monkey was curious enough about my camera bag to come and tug on it, but it gave up as soon as I walked away.

Ubud Monkey Forest

f/8 1/160 sec | ISO 400


Ubud Monkey Forest

f/6.3 1/250 sec | ISO 800


Ubud Monkey Forest

f/6.3 1/800 sec | ISO 800


Ubud Monkey Forest

f/6.3 1/4000 sec | ISO 800


Ubud Monkey Forest

f/6.3 1/400 sec | ISO 800


Ubud Monkey Forest

f/6.3 1/400 sec | ISO 800


Ubud Monkey Forest

f/8 1/400 sec | ISO 800


Ubud Monkey Forest

f/5.6 1/100 sec | ISO 800


Ubud Monkey Forest

f/6.3 1/250 sec | ISO 800


Date taken: 8.10.2013 | Location: Ubud Monkey Forest, Bali, Indonesia

Comments and feedback are appreciated.

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About j.t.l.

I’m a creative minded finnish fellow who is passionate about photography, making music, and traveling among many other things.

4 comments

  1. I have google alerts for “Ubud” … I see everything posted on the web that is related to Ubud.

    I looked at some of your other photos, particularly of Taiwan, and it was quite appealing, and yes, I am just one person, but these photos of the Monkey Forest are quite weak. I think you could have done better. So dark, underexposed. I dont see the “Art”. Anyway, yes, its my opinion. Just sharing. The good with the bad. Clearly you have both good and “bad” work imho.

    Cheers

    Jon

    • Thanks for your opinion Jon! I agree that most of these photos are far from my best work. The lighting conditions were challenging as the monkeys usually stay in the shade and the a230′s sensor produces quite a bit of noise when you push up the ISO so I had to make plenty of compromises. I still wanted to share these photos just in case anyone was interested in this particular place.

  2. Beautiful images, you have captured the expressions beautifully :)

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