I’m just going to put this out there. I love this image.

There are times when I process images after being on a trip somewhere and find that one image which justifies the trip for me from a photographic angle. This is that image, so far, from my time in Japan.

I like how we seemingly interrupt this macaque as we stumble upon this scene; he raises his head for a moment in nervous curiosity, deciding whether to take flight or carry on drinking.

Of course the reality is much different and there were people all around me as I took this image, I was simply able to use the full focal length of my 70-200mm to isolate this particular monkey at this particular time.

I can’t be sure why this little guy took that particular moment to stop drinking and look directly at me, but I can be for it.

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 200mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s