One of the world's smallest primates (D800 with fill flash)

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gnagel
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One of the world's smallest primates (D800 with fill flash)
Apr 10, 2013

Yesterday, I captured some images of a cotton-top tamarin--on of the smallest primates on the planet.  This animal weighs less than 1 pound!

I find it challenging to photograph the tamarins.  Exposures can be challenging as the animal has both bright white and dark black colors on it. They are fidgety and seem to be constantly moving.  And, they are housed in an indoor exhibit with low overhead lighting.

I decided to use my SB-900 flash unit (-1.3 EV) in TTL mode to add some fill light.

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Thanks for looking...

Glenn

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In reply to gnagel, Apr 10, 2013

Nice Glen.  Would you tell us more about the lens you're using?

The photos appear to have minimal PP'ing.  Did you bring them in to LR/PS?  When you do, do you have the software/monitor set up for Adobe RGB?

I sent off some photos today for prints to Bayphoto.  Their Bay Roes software makes the photos look different color-wise than they do in my LR adobe RGB setup.  I spoke with them and they said don't worry it's just the software.  I'll find out in a few days when the photos arrive.

regards, David

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Nicely done under such challenging conditions.

Was there plexiglass between you and the primate ?

You mentioned they are fidgety and always on the move.

I too shoot wild  monkeys and battle this very problem .

Anyway  enjoyable photos , hope to see more soon ..;-)

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wireless wrote:

Nice Glen.  Would you tell us more about the lens you're using?

The photos appear to have minimal PP'ing.  Did you bring them in to LR/PS?  When you do, do you have the software/monitor set up for Adobe RGB?

I sent off some photos today for prints to Bayphoto.  Their Bay Roes software makes the photos look different color-wise than they do in my LR adobe RGB setup.  I spoke with them and they said don't worry it's just the software.  I'll find out in a few days when the photos arrive.

regards, David

David,

I used the 200 f2 (at f/2) for these images.  The wide aperture helped in the low light and it also helped to eliminate some background distractions.

I shoot RAW. Each of these images were first brought into LR4 for some basic adjustments: white balance, controlling highlights, boosting shadows, cropping and sharpening.  Then, I bring the files into PS for some final adjustments.  Those adjustments include cloning out some distracting elements, bringing some additional detail into the face by selectively applying the Detail Enhancer filter from Nik Color Efex 4, and darkening the backgrounds a touch.

I edit in the ProPhoto RGB color space.  Then, I convert to sRGB when I export the files as jpegs from LR for display on the web.

Thanks,

Glenn

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Hansa Yindee wrote:

Nicely done under such challenging conditions.

Was there plexiglass between you and the primate ?

You mentioned they are fidgety and always on the move.

I too shoot wild  monkeys and battle this very problem .

Anyway  enjoyable photos , hope to see more soon ..;-)

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Thanks Hansa...

Incredibly, these primates are very close to me and there is no obstruction between the visitors and the animals.  I was probably only six feet away while taking these pictures.  There is even a branch that goes over the pathway--so the tamarins will sometimes walk over the heads of the visitors!

Glenn

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In reply to gnagel, Apr 10, 2013

These are amazing pictures, Glenn. Great work!

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...when I was in grad school, one of my housemates worked at a primate center (actually, this was just pre-grad school). Anyway, he would often bring home baby lemurs, and occasionally full grown lemurs that needed medical attention. Amazing, fascinating - and beautiful - animals, these little primates.

I think your work here captures all of those traits.

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paulski66 wrote:

These are amazing pictures, Glenn. Great work!

Thank you, Paul

Glenn

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paulski66 wrote:

...when I was in grad school, one of my housemates worked at a primate center (actually, this was just pre-grad school). Anyway, he would often bring home baby lemurs, and occasionally full grown lemurs that needed medical attention. Amazing, fascinating - and beautiful - animals, these little primates.

I think your work here captures all of those traits.

Wow!  Having access to those primates like that would provide some amazing photo opportunities.  The are fascinating to watch.  I might have to go back to the Brookfield Zoo this afternoon for some more pictures.  It's conveniently located just 30 minutes from my house.

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Fantastic pictures, love the sharpness of it and colors.

Thank you for posting.

Marcelo

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MarceloLI wrote:

Fantastic pictures, love the sharpness of it and colors.

Thank you for posting.

Marcelo

Thanks Marcelo

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congratulations.

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Excellent--great composition and color!!!!

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In reply to Captain Tommy, Apr 10, 2013

I noticed that you convert your RGB images to sRGB for the web. Should I be doing that when I submit some of my images to STOCK photo sites? I always assumed that with a wider gamut, RGB would lose less color gamut on the web.

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Raul wrote:

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Thank you, Raul

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Captain Tommy wrote:

Excellent--great composition and color!!!!

Thanks Tommy

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In reply to Weegee, Apr 10, 2013

Weegee wrote:

I noticed that you convert your RGB images to sRGB for the web. Should I be doing that when I submit some of my images to STOCK photo sites? I always assumed that with a wider gamut, RGB would lose less color gamut on the web.

I have always submitted sRGB to the stock agencies.  I don't see any specific guidelines from Shutterstock regarding this topic, however.

Glenn

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I like his hair cut lol

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In reply to gnagel, Apr 11, 2013

Nicely done and beautifully framed. Despite the environment the background on #2, 3, 5 and 6 is stunning.

Thanks for sharing,

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In reply to gnagel, Apr 11, 2013

Thanks for posting. What an awesome lens that you have there, I am completely blown away by the bokeh.

Stalking that lens for a while. No clue how I could ever afford it, but love it from a distance

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