Tourism Ministry actually made this dream a reality for me! After hearing the stories about the monkeys (Balinese long-tailed monkey, AKA Macaques), I was a little reluctant when walking into the sanctuary. But as soon as I entered the forest, all of my preconceptions disappeared. My experience was amazing, monkeys everywhere, many of them carrying their babies, being close enough to touch them, and an ancient temple in the middle of the forest. Here’s a memorable experience. I was sitting down taking photos, and a monkey jumped on my lap. The next thing I knew, he grabbed my junk and bit my leg! Be careful if you go here, the monkeys can be very aggressive!
TIPS For shooting images like this. 1) As always, it’s all about the light. Try to avoid harsh direct light to avoid “hot spots” and balance the exposure. 2) Know your gear and how to quickly change settings based on the conditions. 3) Get close to your subject. 4) Shoot with a wide open aperture, like 1.8 or 2.8 for a shallow depth of field . 5) Relax, be patient, and wait for the best moment to click the shutter. 6) The most important point is to respect the animals and their fragile environment.
I want to give a special thanks to the Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia @indtravel for making this trip happen. I am forever grateful for this trip of a lifetime.
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