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Spider monkey silhouette

Spider monkey silhouette in Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica

Spider monkey silhouette in the rainforest

Everyone knows the key to nature pictures and photography in general is do not shoot into the sun and take as many pictures as possible in the hopes that at least one is fantastic. This photograph of a spider monkey in Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica perfectly illustrates both of these points in a negative fashion.

First, this picture is the classic mistake of having the subject in the sun, so viewers can only see its silhouette. Also, this is one of the hundred pictures of monkeys I took. Fortunately, a few came out well – the spider monkey silhouette was not one of them.

This picture also reflects the difficulties of nature photography and especially taking pictures in a hot and humid rainforest with very little light filtering through the thick tree canopy. What little light that shone through the trees appeared in the worst place possible. With nature photography, one cannot always pick where the animal shows up. The subjects are often uncooperative.

Despite the failures of this shot, I actually kind of like it. Seeing the spider monkey silhouette brings back good memories of being in the rainforest and seeing amazing wildlife. For better pictures of monkeys, check out this post on the natural wonders of Corcovado.

Adventure on!


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