Friday, January 31, 2014

Urban Juxtaposition #13

At first, I envisioned a tiger, or lion, doing activity on the foreground, with the Cihampelas apartment on the background. I found that tiger area is directly facing toward the apartment, a perfect arrangement. But I have to be inside the cage with the tiger. O boy, I'm not ready for that. So I drop that idea.

Walking further approaching the apartment, I found a lake with man made island in the middle. The island is designed as an open cage for this monkey. This area is very close to the apartment, only separated by Cikapundung river. Even you can see the constructor worker on the apartment side. This is what I'm looking for !

Photographing monkey has its own challenge. Being in open cage, this monkey going back and forth freely from one tree to another, sort like a dance. Beautiful and lively. But I want that monkey prominent enough in front of those trees and arranged nicely with the apartment to make a good composition. Apart from that, the posture of monkey plays a significant too. This particular monkey has a white colored hair along the line of its arm. The ambient light has such characteristic that make a little "glow" on the monkey's white hair. I take many shots and I found this one to be the most interesting due to its open arm posture.

It draws enough attention and in a good harmony with the branches of the tree, which have similar tone. The green leaves on the middle ground give a soft nature nuance that emphasize the abrupt transition to the concrete construction on the far behind.

I think this photo successfully convey the message about the flaw of city design. Could you imagine what would happen to the zoo in general and this monkey in particular, in two or three years to come ?

19 Jan 2014
Nikon D700
AF Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D Micro
ISO 640 - f/3.5 - 1/3200s

Project : Urban Juxtaposition