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Monkey tales :-)

Monkey tales :-)
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Copyright: Vandana Bajikar (vandana2923) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2465 W: 125 N: 5702] (22207)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-10
Categories: Humorous, Nature
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-200 f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AFS DX VR, UV
Exposure: f/5.3, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kerala Trip
Theme(s): SIlver Tulip Award II, My Photos >= 100 points [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-05 9:05
Viewed: 3438
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 102
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello TL....a little celebration!

Today .. in the beginning of the new Year it is also time for celebrations for crossing 15,000 points border.

Thank you very much for all your encouragements, and suggestions on my photos.

As very few of you might know that I joined TL on Dec 20, 2005,
and quit TL in March 2006.
My real journey on TL started from August, 2006....
Because of one person here called John Tulip.

I then had returned from a 2006 vacation to India and thought.. well lets try one or two times again.
I received a nice critique from John and I do still strongly think this man can look inside to you!

He asked me about why I was not on for a long time and I told him a few ..
funny things it looks as if he knew.

he asked me a few things and he told me few things that made sense.

He teached me two things: Tell people what made you make the photo..
and make photo's for yourself, not for the viewers.. he explained me the rough diamond theory .. all is there ..only needs 1 % more: cultivation.

Thank him again for his encouragement, help and guidence for my comeback on TL.
And then the journey started....and reached here in a relative short time my 15,000
(No ..points are not important ..only a sort of indication)

John's best compliment a while back: The pupil grew over the teacher
(..but is it true.. he is a charming man ..lol)

Met other TL members in real life, and it is a great pleasure to know them and learn from them.
THANK YOU Vassilis..Frank, Hans, Els, Anneke, Pepe ( Jose from France), Fons, Don..(Wallie), Silke.. A M O

Now about the photo.
This is a baby monkey from Kochi zoo/animal rescue center.
He was not in a cage, very courageous... naughty.... like a typical child.

I was trying to take his photos, and he was running all over.
Then I got him on this pole....a cute, shy little baby look
Surprisingly he sat there for 2-3 minutes...and then suddenly he started looking into the lens, with teasing, curious look.

Thank you and happy weekend.

And out of a desire essentially to imitate what I was reading, I began to write, like a clever monkey.
Russell Banks
Make photo's to in that spirrit

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Namasthe Vandana,

Beautifull image of this small monkey :)
Sweet looks..
Happy days..
jean paul

Hi Dear Friend Vandana,
Very cute compo:) Very beautiful details and frame.Congrats!!!
Greetings From Istanbul.

Absolutely adorable pose and cature! Wonderful pov and nice sharp details and color. Love how curious and childlike he really does seem. TFS

Hi Vandana,
What a lovely little animal's shot...
I love it. Nice composition and diffuible lighting.
Thanks for sharing.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Beautifull Portrait of this monkey

Hi Vandana and congratulations for 15000 points and especially for your beautiful photos.

I like very much your capture with excellent details and colors. And the note is very nice and also I feel the same things about John, who encouraged and helped me too. TFS

Best regards,

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 331 N: 902] (5752)
  • [2008-01-05 10:50]

Hi Vandana,

Excellent catch, very nice lighting. Nicely done.


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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2008-01-05 11:22]

Hi Vandana.
Well presented monkey.
Good detalis and point of view.
Sharpness and DOF.
Looks very natural.
My compliments.,
Janek Kloss

Hi Vandana,
Beautiful portrait of the little monkey, a good looking guy in a lovely pose, Excellent cliché and very well done..

hi vandana, its nice to hear about your journey and john is exactly right and its good to have that inspiration,

this is a cute shot, good dof and composition,

thanks, scott

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2008-01-05 12:49]
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What a beauty, Vandana ;o). Nice capture, good DoF (though I think you applied some blur to the backdrop too) and a lovely pose of your model.
It was nice meeting you irl, and it's nice learning from you too. By the way, congrats and a big hug for your first 15,000 points. You know my view on the point system, but it's still nice to see craftmanship "rewarded".

Hello Vandana, Congratulations on your milestone!
This is a very good shot of the monkey on the post. Good shallow dof, light and colours.
I like it very much
Well done! Thx and best wishes. Yan :)

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-01-05 17:32]

Hi Vandana,
What a lovely portrait of this baby monkey! With his wrinkles in his faces, he looks like an wise old man. Great sharpness and nice monochrome. I appreciated you note. Congratulations for this achievement. All points are well deserved! Bravo! Annie

An excellent portrait of an interesting subject. I like the way you have the monkey in sunlight against the background in shade. The sun streaking through its fur really sets it off. TFS

You did it practicly all by yourself.
And your big boost came after your Photo Shop course
where even I in my turn had a bennefit off..
You teached me a few.
All in the good spirit of TL!
To learn something means you have to accept ...like in real life
I love how you did this monkey..razor sharp and a great POV
Welldone on the 15 000 points !!

Smiles from snowy Montreal dear friend .

Hi Van..:)
Very interesting picture..
Full of details..Good sharpness and light.
Well Done..


Thanks on Guess The Film and "Click Here"

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-01-06 1:22]
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A fine tribute, Vandana, and you wrote it well. I think photography is a part of our body except it is not attached but an extension.

Yesterday I saw a blind singer artist and his music/writing is fantastic and best of all, he is vibrant and happy and he touched everyone around him with his radiance.

And I asked myself, now how would he enjoy photography with eye sight? ...how lucky we are to be able to appreciate light and photography.

And his famous hit song is titled "You are my eyes", a very touching and popular song.

And I am very tempted to write something about this subject as INTRO, but decided not to, yet. And here I am, saying it to a monkey photo!

Now, coming back to this monkey business, I find it a fine portrait and he looks very outstanding on his own, glazing down in such expressive mood. Very nicely shot with light above, and I mean, especially this light from above.

Great work it is.

TFS, bill

very nice shot,monkeys position and face very nice.it's looking very interesting, well done ....tfs

hi vandana!
very nice and sad photo.
i like it.


Ciao Vandana.. i have read with so much pleasure ur short story.. i think everyone, here on TL, have a personal Lestat de Lioncourt.. an initiate.. a guide.. to begin.. to improve.. yours is JohnT.. u are lucky!! and me too.. to have u and john as friends.. TL have helped me so much to know better this wonderful world of photography!! thanks ;))
so nice portait here.. i like details and definition.. lovely subject.. this capture is wonderful.. expression.. light.. colours.. excellent!!
congratulations for ur goal.. it's really big and precious!!
ciao Marco

Isn't he cute.!
Perfectly captured, Vandana. Worth all the attention this beauty gots.
Excellent picture.
Have a nice sunday,

Hi dear friend,
wonderful posting - great posture of the monkey.
About your note... it was a real pleasure to read it.
When I read notes like this one I feel that TL has a point.
Many thanks my friend for sharing with us your work-hobby or passion.
All my congrats for your achievement.
Looking forward to admire your gallery.
Happy shooting!
Have a lovely WE.
:) soon

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-01-06 5:46]

Namaste Vandana

Superb use of a narrow dof, on the fg monkey, with perfect sharpness. Good colour, lighting, & shadow detail, as well. Tfs!

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  • Emma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 6 N: 1920] (10153)
  • [2008-01-06 6:57]

Beautiful monkey portrait Vandana,what a wonderful details.
Well done.

Hey Vandana.

Vandana, congratulations goes 15000 points.
Beautifull image of this small monkey.
He reminds me finishes her time that I went to the Zoo.
Great capture and excellent visual!

All the best!


Hi Vandana
güzel bir kare olmus...tebrikler...
Murat YAPICI...

Ahh, you have met so many people on TL....My first one is Silke and I hope to have many more! This is a super shot, reminds me of a little monkey who causes lots of trouble...hmmmm! Very nice shot Vandana!

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2008-01-06 16:12]

Hello Vandana,
Very nice notes.. I am so happy JT was close to help your rediscover TL...

Very nice crisp shot of this little one... I really love his hair cut....


Hi Vandana
That's good work you should be proud of. Technically speaking, the point of view is perfect and the composition is beautiful. Colors, sharpness, lighting, everything is there to prove your talent and your creativity. Very interesting note.

Congratulations on the milestone Vandana. Excellent Pp work on this one, good colour, lovely light and fine detail. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Guess the Film’

Hi Vandana,
Extraordinary portrait.
Very clear and sharpened image.
Wonderful job my friend. A masterpiece as always
Selahattin E

Hi Vandana,
Super cute, the vertical framing suits well. Happy new year! Danilo

Hello Vandana,

Excellent photograph of this monkey! Beautiful colors and very good perspective.
Congratulations! TFS


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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2008-01-07 7:50]

Hi Vandana
Poor monkey.This is dramatic photo.
Wel a good comp.
Gr Jos

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2008-01-07 9:23]

Hello Vandana bhen,

The facial expression of this cute monkey is beautifully captured in this frame. Fine details and awesome luminosity. An excellent shot, well done.

Many thanks for sharing this image.

Hi Vandana,
What a cute Monkey.Very nice shot and very beautiful
monkey tales.Well done.TFS.

Hello Vandana,
Congratulations for these 15 000 pts deserved well.
15 000 pts which enabled us to share your travels, your meetings, and the friendship of an injury in the large heart.
This small monkey wasn't mistaken there, it seems to lower the head towards your camera in homage to your patience. Still cheer!
Heartily, Corinne

merhaba dear vandana
wonderful portrait picture.excellent lovely monkey and colours.well done my friend.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır

Ciao Vandana, splendid portrait of lovely monkey with wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Vanny hello

Great shot here, I love the composition, detail and animal. What a tranquil relaxed look, Excellent work
Conratulations on 15 000
( not so much reactions from the Dutch community ?!?)

Hi Vandana

Nice shots of this baby monkey... I like the detail and the raming light from behind.... Congrats

Amri HMS

Hi Vandana,
Wonderful...amazing...beautiful little "guy"! Marvellous pose, light, DOF.

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-01-09 0:38]

Hi Vandana,
perfect clarty,beautiful moment.Congratulations.Necla.

Hi Vandana,

And then you set out on a journey on TL, probably not having any idea that it would be much much more then just uploading pictures.
Sharing, helping, inspiring and all that will get you to reach that 15.000 border. That really is worth a congratulations!
How lovely to celebrate that by sharing with us this beautiful and detailed capture of this naughty child - hope you will continue your journey.


Hi Vandana,

You went to a petting zoo?! Nice note with a lot of credits for our Tulip Man; and he deserves it! :-) Keep on posting!!

Greetings! Dennis

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2008-01-09 8:14]

WOOW Vandana,
Perfect colors and good light. Marvelous photo.What a excellent portrait of the smal monkey,wonderful presentation and note ...delikat frame.Wonderful.
Best wishes.

Hola Vandana,

Fantástica captura, simplemente perfecta !! me encanta, Bravo !!!!



great monkey shot!


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  • Viking Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 63 N: 782] (4383)
  • [2008-01-11 14:21]

Well done here Vandana


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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2008-01-12 12:13]

Hi vandana, great capture, he really seems a baby!
compliments for 15000, but above all for your shots and for your notes that always are full of meaning and feeling.
Ciao, Cinzia

Hi Vandana,
You caught this little guy in a very natural pose, with the camera's focus on the hands, feet, and perch.
A rare reflective moment for him, I'm sure.

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