Dusky Leaf monkeys ~ Thailand

Dusky leaf monkeys, also called spectacled langurs in the south of Thailand.

Dusky Leaf Monkeys, also known as Spectacled Langur Monkeys are gentle primates found in the south of Thailand.

We encountered some of these awesome wild monkeys on an interesting bike tour from Bangkok to Chumporn courtesy of Beyond Boundaries Travel (which I recommend). They were just sitting in the shade waiting for their primate cousins (that’d be us) to feed them.

Unlike the mischievous macaque monkeys who would just jump all over and start biting and stealing stuff, the langurs were politely sitting there, almost queuing and taking turns to get some snacks.

The adults are brown with white circles around the eyes (which is why they are called Spectacled Langur) and the babies are completly orange and adorably curious.

I managed to take this cute shot of the baby completely mesmerized by my camera with a nice bokeh in the background.

Quick Tips:

In all wildlife shots (as well as portraits), your main priority is to get your subject’s eyes in focus. Because when we look at a picture of an animal (or person) our eyes are automatically drawn to the eyes in the photo. If they’re soft, you can consider your shot ruined.

  • http://www.adventurouskate.com Adventurous Kate

    I love all your shots, Dan, but I REALLY love this one! You can almost see what that little monkey is thinking.

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Thanks a lot Kate :) I’m proud of this shot too hehe.

  • http://www.technosyncratic.com/ Christy @ Technosyncratic

    This might be one of my favorite shots I’ve seen here – it’s perfect in so many ways!

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Thank you very much Christy :)

  • http://www.traveldudes.org Melvin

    Wow! Great pic! I’m just watching it on my small travel notebook and I first saw the monkey in the back and thought… strange… not very clear. Then I scrolled down & saw the little one! Awesome!

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Haha Melvin, glad I didn’t disappoint :)

  • http://www.sophiesworld.net Sophie

    Love this photo :)

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Thanks Sophie :)

  • http://www.chasingtheunexpected.com Angela

    I knew monkeys were cute, but this is gorgeous! <3

  • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

    This is a stunning shot! I love how the shallow DOF really draws the viewer to those cute eyes. Did you use a 50mm 1.4 wide open for this shot?

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Thanks a lot Samuel :)
      No it’s a 28-70mm lens f/2.8 (shot at 68mm).

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