When Malgo (emka) commented on my last photograph taken from the Blair Drummond Safari Park, she asked if I'd seen any lemurs in the park. Well, yes, I did - so this one is for our friend, Malgo!
Unlike most human beings and other "simian" primates such as monkeys and apes, the "prosimian" lemurs certainly do nothing to avoid eye contact! In fact lemurs are incredibly beautiful creatures and I sometimes wonder if the World might have been a better place if evolution of the primates had stopped at the prosimian stage.
Unfortunately, this ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) was in an enclosure and not in the wild where I am sure it would have been very much more active. My only sighting of lemurs in the wild was 13 years ago when I had a wonderful trip to Madagascar with one of my daughters. I managed to get this shot of a female black lemur with her baby but it is of rather poor quality as I had stupidly taken some very cheap and poor quality film with me - a big and very silly mistake as I actually had quite a good 35mm camera. And it is even more unfortunate that the political situation in Madagascar nowadays is such that our foreign office strongly advises against visiting that wonderful island.
You can see a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE here.
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jhm (146546) 2014-08-02 6:20
I am a regular visitor of the three Zoo's in Belgium, my wife and iI together walk a completely day and make piv-cture of these nice animals
A pity that you not your bad picture of 13 ago not as second picture has placed, pictures are Always nice also when these is less quality.
John, these picture is superb, I like it.
Wonderful sharp and clear, Malgo shall are very satisfied
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
holmertz (47002) 2014-08-02 6:27
This is a superb portrait, although "people" are supposed not to stare so unabashedly straight into the camera. It's a beautiful little creature and I would love to pat it. The fur looks so soft.
I envy you your visit to Madagascar. I have wanted to go there for years but now I fear I will never make it. The country has become too chaotic, and possibly dangerous, and I am getting too old, at least for travelling the uncomfortable way that I am used to. The only way I know how to travel.
siudzi (34141) 2014-08-02 7:06
Wow! What a fantastic study of nature this! This small one is so cute and was captured with a great technique and superb quality. Very god work:)
Best wishes and have a nice afternoon!
Noel_Byrne (28152) 2014-08-02 7:56
Now that's an inten gaze! His bright orange eyes jumped put the moment I opened the gallery, while a very beautiful creature, there is something otherworldly about his appearance too, these are certainly not eyes I would want to find peering out ar me from a dark forest! A beautiful portrait of this lovely animal.
miumiu (6113) 2014-08-02 9:19
So cute and lovely! Superb capture!
ourania (38816) 2014-08-02 9:50
portrait and title are fantastic, I can't stop staring back, the effect of the lemur's gaze is hypnotic and amusing at the same time. Depth and textures are amazing, the tonal richness is impressive and delightful as well. He looks so vivid, as if he would move, if he decided to. The eyes stand out marvelously with their bright colour and steady look, like he's expecting an answer:) I like the scene in the workshop too, its soft colours and the gaze (again) are very appealing. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
emka (89207) 2014-08-02 13:24
Hi John, Thank you very much, it is such a lovely creature.
And strange enough, my adventure with TE started with lemurs. On the other photo site I saw the photos from Madagascar. I was considering going there, so I wrote to the guy who posted the photos of lemurs. We exchanged some mails, became friends and he told me about TE. And I became addicted :)
Fantastic photo, so sharp, clear, intensive gaze and these beautiful hands and legs. I would like to hug it.
WArm regrads MAlgo
delpeoples (56000) 2014-08-02 19:18
Ciao caro Giovanni
Now that's what I call giving the hairy eyeball. Or Derek Zoolander would call Blue Steel. Maybe Orange Steel. I don't know how you did it, but you've timed this shot perfectly. It looks like he's on a modelling contract for you and is giving you his best and fiercest look. Stunning detail and definition. I love the depth of field and brilliant colour. How lucky is this little fella, living in a beautiful mansion like that!
Have a great weekend
jjcordier (79289) 2014-08-02 23:17
Quel regard! Impressionnant portrait de ce lémurien qui semble très intrigué par ton appareil photo. Une netteté qui permet de compter les poils de la bête!
Royaldevon (34619) 2014-08-03 0:25
I'm sure each viewer will feel that they are being intensively scrutinised! You have her gaze spot on (no pun intended!). Great textural details!
There is a remarkable difference between the quality of the two shots. In retrospect, we could always improve things!
If you ever go to the zoo at Ulverston, the lemurs have a free rein. They run around everywhere! Zookeepers have water pistols which they occasionally fire at the lemurs to prevent them getting too close to diners at the al fresco tables.
Have a great Sunday,
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-08-03 3:31
This is a beautiful photo of this interesting animal. I love the colour coordination of the intense orange coloured eyes and the green background. Depth of field is just right for this portrait shot.
macjake (63122) 2014-08-03 12:02
i sware this is how some of my psych pts look at me!
Maybe I shouldn't have said that, but its all in good natured fun :)
But seriously speaking, the look of this Lemur really does remind me of some psychotic pts we've had over the years - the intensity is felt through the screen.
Also, the wide open eyes are suggestive of not blinking. and as you know from being a physian, non blinking eyes are a red flag for psychosis.
so once again, there's reasons why this lemur is reminding me of my workplace lol
wonderful photo, but i have to turn away as i'm getting a bit freaked out as those yellow eyes are staring me down for a confrontation!
Where's my Haldol?
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-08-03 13:12
Hello John - Madagascar is on my list of 'must see' places and being relatively close to Namibia it would make a great trip. I would love to see the lemurs in their natural habitat and have enjoyed a couple of David Attenborough programmes set on the island.
This little guy is adorable - those eyes would win hands down in a "stare you out" competition! It's a shame to think that this ball of fluff lives in a zoo but they are under threat in their natural habitat and need all the help they can get to beat extinction.
I think your mum and baby shot is delightful too!
Tigerlily (3301) 2014-08-04 2:27
Oh.. that's a superb shot. Look at the eyes.. great conversation... beautiful clarity. You see, I said that you were a profound photographer!
CLODO (32934) 2014-08-09 4:32
My grand sons have left this morning, so I have a LOT of time to wander in TE galleries!
Eye contact would have written Francine AUBRY, we only see them!
have a lovely week end
Didi (59628) 2014-08-16 0:34
Nice catch of this glance, the animal has a nice attitude
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (22926)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-07-30
- Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS USM, HOYA 67mm HMC SUPER UV(0)
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-02 5:26