On the final day of the Pushkar Camel Fair I woke before dawn and hiked up to the Savitri Temple to watch the sun rise. Returning to the town I still had an hour to spare before catching the bus back to Delhi. I decided to pop into one of the many cafes that surround the lake (I think it was Sanjay Restaurant). As I waited for my breakfast a procession of langur monkeys came running and jumping across the rooftops. There were perhaps thirty of them in all sizes and ages. I was down to my last two exposures but managed to get this shot. Photography over for the day I sat and watched for ten minutes until the parade finished. No one else was around.
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ChrisJ (107053) 2004-09-11 4:44
Great composition, & the fog adds mood.
LaurentM (313) 2004-09-11 4:47
The tree monkeys with the fog in background...
oochappan (16355) 2004-09-11 4:56
Perfect soft misty bacground with a pleasant of form counterlighted monkeys, you got two levels here emphasing each others. Outstanding photo ! goes to my fav.
Jeppe (18654) 2004-09-11 5:05
Prefect composition with an excellent background - no more mo less - thanks Richard
Arvind (309) 2004-09-11 5:37
Vow ! Till today I would think of Pushkar Fair - and a picture of Camels in silhoutte would come in my mind only. But this is really GRRRREAT. Hope you could go close more to your subject, would be nice. Hazy city in the background adds more impact.
petertee (307) 2004-09-11 6:19
I love the movement in these 'haloed' and silhouetted monkeys running along the wall of the bulding and offsetting the misty morning cityscape behind in its subdued palette.
For me the original is the better image, maybe a touch rotated but no extra cropping, it makes it look like the monkey wall is superimposed on another background.
Oh! and welcome to TE, by the way!
christina (2040) 2004-09-11 6:56
Nice composition and light!
mpb001 (4602) 2004-09-11 8:23
Excellent shot, Richard! I think that you should enter this in a competition in a UK-Wildlife Photographer of the Year category. It is well exposed and the composition, colors and sharpness are worthy of an entry.
ishai (4097) 2004-09-11 9:11
Welcome to TE
Well lucky you good capture with a good title
I like the background also,
The mist is clearing up and sun is raising
the monkeys are sweet too funny to see that all their tails have a different
I made a WS
kikvel (4784) 2004-09-11 9:13
Very nicely seen and captured!
The three ones are special here, and add to the composition.
danbachmann (1746) 2004-09-11 9:56
The monkeys are great, but that misty background just makes it all come together. I think I would have cropped out some of the wall on the bottom though
igor_wo (191) 2004-09-11 11:16
a Beautiful picture, so serene
burdallet (0) 2004-09-11 12:27
Michevious very well done picture/capture
Ebbe (9617) 2004-09-11 13:38
The monkeys look really good there in silhouettes with a bit of sunlight in the furs. The repetition of poses in the two first is great. The city lost in the mist behind gives this a very nice feeling. I think I would crop a bit more on bottom and top.
strangiato (10) 2004-09-11 14:01
This is a wonderful catch. The monkeys, the light, the fog. But I think a crop would have worked better since the wall doesn't add much to the composition. In fact it's quite distractive.
Galeota (10338) 2004-09-11 14:56
Great photograph. Everything works for me in this composition. I like the way the monkeys seem like silhuettes on a fading degrading layer.
ChristianS (2997) 2004-09-11 15:58
Great capture and composition, the distant backround helps to emphasize the silouettes of the monkeys! Excellent shot!
kinginexile (2598) 2004-09-11 16:59
pix of the day, IMO, and there are lots of good ones today (anyday!).
timmiles (0) 2004-09-12 4:50
Superb. Exposure spot on and the town through the mist behind the monkeys is absolutely magical. Even the langurs retain a small amount of detail and have magical highlights. Well composed, with the main elements dividing the frame into three. The best photo I have seen on TE in a long while and one that is really breathtaking - well done! Potential competition winner here!
hdl (7035) 2004-09-12 6:32
Very nice and original capture. The monkeys bring life to the image and contrast very good against the foggy background. Good work!
shihwei (238) 2004-09-13 4:11
simply marvellous! i love the foggy background, magical lighting, the moody purplish walls and of course, the moving monkeys (i think it's a symbolic of life and hope...)!!
my favourite. =)
saurabh (104) 2004-09-14 3:34
Great shot and captured at the right moment...the third monkey being in a different posture breaks the pattern well. I don't think you need to crop, as the 1:2 ratio between the wall and the misty city adds scale and depth to your image.
flydragon (0) 2004-09-19 7:34
this is a lovely picture
i like the dof here so beautifull
i agree with some WS to crop the wall
a little bit
shutterbug (531) 2004-09-21 9:35
Wow! What an amazing capture Rich...You are lucky to see such a sight during your breakfast...I type this as I am setting here eating my cereal and all I can see is the parking lot outside my apartment :) Thanks for sharing this beautiful view!
Helbi (0) 2004-09-22 15:10
Ditto what Stacey said - better than cornflakes!
sengir (4956) 2004-10-29 13:07
absolutely stunning picture!!!
corrado (68) 2004-11-17 13:20
Beautiful, my compliments!
gemme (43) 2004-11-18 10:04
Lucky you! For some reason, monkeys seem to come in large group only when you have almost no more shots left (it happened to me in Costa Rica). Well balanced. I too would slightly crop the bottom, too...
andreineamtu (466) 2004-11-22 15:36
beautiful sylhouettes, and I especially like the fog in the background. nice lighting and contre-jour effect. i don't like the 'things' at the bottom of the wall - maybe cropped and perhaps landscaped (would loose though the top of the hills). I like that the houses have details, and are not that lost in the fog. nicelly done.
cessy (13647) 2004-11-23 2:36
fantastic shot ! it's so marvelous
aella (117) 2004-11-23 10:10
Wow, that's an amazing shot. Perfect 3-thirds composition, beautiful light and fog, and what a catch! I can't believe you only took two shots and it came out so nice.
I have to disagree on the critiques which suggest a crop; I think it makes the image look unbalanced if you get rid of the bottom 1/3. Maybe clone out the pipes instead?
shangri-la (353) 2004-11-30 8:51
j'aime beaucoup cette photo, elle me rappelle plein de souvenirs... étant allée plusieurs fois à pushkar, j'y ai toujours retrouvé cette brume matinale que l'on aperçoit vers 6-7heures du matin, et pendant la camel fair, la ville est pleine de monde, musique toute la nuit, fête, pujas, encens, sadhus, vaches, singes, cochons... wahowww!
Maru (0) 2004-12-08 16:17
The misty in the background just make the shot perfect. The composition and sharpness are brillant.
Very well done!
amihay_s (722) 2005-03-03 1:31
Leonie (8809) 2005-03-05 14:16
Hi there! Excellent photo! I just love it! The monkey silouhettes look fantastic and so sharp! So funny also! Very well done! Will put it to my favourites!
jafadabret (56501) 2005-04-04 7:46
Belle photo ces singes sont là pour nous amuser devant ce paysage matinal de brume.
recepyuksel (17808) 2005-04-22 15:23
baba_flies (8829) 2005-04-29 8:22
This picture is too much ... really a lot of fun to look at and beautiful above.
kellyfajack (0) 2005-06-10 22:54
Nice everything! Good Job.
eladen (239) 2005-07-11 23:16
Great, sharp shot!
amol (952) 2005-07-21 3:36
good and unique composition... I love the hazy backdrop as then the focus is totally on the monkeys... I know that it was not in ur control but did you hope for the monkeys to be equidistant from each other... or did you wait for the third to come in the the same posture as the first two??? how long was the wall??? if short, then you hardly must have had any time to click this...
rowanb (864) 2005-07-24 23:26
hi rich, great moment you've captured, the misty background is wonderful with the monkeys dancing on the wall. i would crop the wall a bit but other than that ,great shot!
Jujube (125) 2005-08-08 15:12
Belle image reposante et amusante à la fois. J'aime le mouvement dans la silhouette des singes et les couleurs des maisons qui commencent à émerger de la brume derrière.
partha (14020) 2005-10-17 14:38
What a pic u have taken? I become spellbound.
keribar (43841) 2005-12-18 1:05
Hello Rich ,
There are plenty of monkeys around in India, but seldom have I seem a picture that depicts them in such an elegant way.
The fog over the city is a great background too. It becomes magical !
livman (25) 2006-01-21 18:55
Beautiful capture. This mist adds a lot. Brightness is interesting, and here +.
Javid (1262) 2006-01-24 14:17
I have nothing to say
thanks for share
Albrecht (11281) 2006-01-25 4:51
What a great capture. Wonderful scene and I love the depth and colours. Well done.
walkmania (315) 2006-02-07 21:16
Genuine masterpiece with just the right light,repetition,foreground and background!
imrek (4) 2006-02-10 7:06
hello Rich! it`s very intresting and good captured shot! 5+
thanx for sharing!
vagabondtravels (6511) 2006-02-17 4:35
bishansamaddar (868) 2006-02-23 9:32
flawless composition. the light's magical. :)
Polonaise (5802) 2006-02-24 14:36
Scene captured with utmost perfection.
Hard to forget once you've seen it.
What a joy to visit your gallery.
rhodinia (114) 2006-03-27 15:44
Great capture! I think the fog in the background gives you excellent contrast for the silhouetted monkeys. Wonderful and lucky to have captured the three of them in one shot :) I think it's nicely composed and a fantastic picture. Thanks for sharing!
Dari (24) 2006-04-05 9:39
it is just......very brisk...fresh morning feelings with help of sun and fog...just great
lasscor (7640) 2006-04-30 8:29
Great composition on blue and grey colors.
I like the line formed by the wall, the city under the fog and the three monkeys in back-light which run on the walls. Beautiful colors, morning light and sharpness.
ndb1958 (9289) 2006-08-19 2:03
what a great image of the 3 monkeys dancing on the wall. The background is really strong. Such a beautiful foggy scenery of the village.
A great moody atmosphere and a strong composition.
anjan (1086) 2006-08-21 8:45
what a picture, great scene, great capture. the fog adds to the picture.
Ghivelder (0) 2006-08-21 9:56
Amazing picture. The original is much better than all workshops. I don't know why everyone wanted to crop the blue in the bottom. In this case, I find it essential to balance the white fog.
iGirl (1223) 2006-08-22 16:03
Hi Rich, great lighting and composition here, it's like the monkeys are on a stage and the fog is a curtain partially obscuring the background. I just love the different poses of the three monkeys!
Thanks for sharing!
HIRAKZ (168) 2006-11-22 0:17
An outstaning capture, foggy and laid back Pushkar is my favorite gateaway, but suddenly the annual fair makes it fluttering with life and colors. You could have cropped the photograph though from the bottom by half at least, its causing much irritation and distracting the viewer.
pari_ali (433) 2007-01-15 10:15
Once more a great shot the hazy city adds to the atmosphere, I dont know why people demand clarity all the time I prefer atmosphere so much more, another unforgettable shot.
Cara (2059) 2007-02-23 14:22
Well done, good work!
noborders (1010) 2007-05-24 9:29
Long after it was posted, I discovered this photo on TE's 1st page : super, I'll add this to my theme and I hope that you won't object...
Jason_teale (717) 2007-06-26 17:08
Simply wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everything worked out so well for the shot. The monkeys are great and are distributed so well throughout the fame and the fact that there are some many elements in this shot, it just makes it so pleasing to the eye. Great work!!
trekks (14348) 2007-10-01 8:13
Without the playful monkeys, this shot will be meaningless, you did a good job!
erhan1958 (15563) 2008-10-13 0:13
A very pleasant shot with calm atmosphere.
like the colours very much. well done erhan fror turkey
helpin (100) 2008-10-13 0:51
Leconte (5795) 2009-10-31 3:33
Ces silhouettes de singes se baladant à la queue leu leu de bonne heure le matin annoncent une journée très gaie!
oko (239) 2010-04-28 17:54
Brilliant layered composition and contrast between monkeys in sharp counter-light and hazy Pushkar and the mountains in the background.
Since the scene with nimble monkeys changed super fast, you were lucky to catch this.
An original and memorable shot!
taypejka (1689) 2012-04-05 6:01
What a lovely and funny scene:).
I like also the colour and saturation contrast between the background - city covered with fog and those three small creatures which shapes are so visible on that background.
vmukherjee (612) 2013-04-11 14:10
Beautiful shot of the misty morning. Yes, langoors are ubiquitous in some parts of India.
geneward2 (696) 2014-08-08 20:00
Nicely backlit and separated from the background.
- Copyright: Rich Axelby (rich) (1199)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2002-11-18
- Categories: Nature
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Pushkar Mela
- Theme(s): Monkeys, Life on the wall, "INDIA photos that I wants to remember (I), hoooooooooo !, BLUE COLOUR 3, Parce que 100 ne suffisent pas, mon hommage à l'Inde [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-09-11 4:36
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