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The first time 3 monkeys went for the swing at the same time.

I had read about Takasakiyama Monkey Park and thought it would be just like any other zoo. There would be the monkeys behind a big, big fence or a glass fronted enclosure.
Boy, was I proved WRONG.

These lucky animals have complete freedom and get fed twice a day.

I thought photographing them would be impossible to get
a good focus lock – let alone a composed shot like this one.

It is my best shot and the photo that I am most proud of.
Its the photograph that really made me think more about getting emotional about photography – by capturing a shot like this.


  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 5 years ago

    gorgeous capture…
    my best, francis.

  • Heavenandus777
    Heavenandus777over 5 years ago

    Oh My Goodness what a Shot

  • Best shot of my life :o) Thanks for your comment :o)

    – gottheshot

  • Heavenandus777
    Heavenandus777over 5 years ago

    Its Amazing, a what a Great Timing…LOL

  • mindarella
    mindarellaover 5 years ago

    I can’t stop looking at this..cute does not begin to describe this…

  • Hi Mindarella, Thx sooooo much :o)
    I just couldnt believe my luck when these 3 guys headed for the swing. I had one shot with two of them on the swing and the other one close by and then a 4th one made a noise in the trees above and number 3 grabbed the rope and all 3 looked up and click :o)

    – gottheshot

  • Sheila Smith
    Sheila Smithover 5 years ago


  • Hi Sheila, My best ever photo of all time – well this and a shot of a group called Simple Minds in the 90’s. I couldnt believe my luck when all 3 headed for the swing. Then two of them sat on it I got the shot but when the 3rd one with his two hands held the swing I focused on the 3rd ones eyes and just hoped I got his feet in bottom of shot as it was all over in a fraction of a second as they all sped off again.
    Cheers for the Featured :o)

    – gottheshot

  • ApeArt
    ApeArtover 5 years ago

    oh my goodness this is wonderful. Where was this?

  • Hi there, Thank you for your nice comment on my favourite pic.
    This was taken in Takaskiyama Monkey Park in Beppu, Kyushu, Southern Japan. It is an open zoo with no cages or fences. The reason the monkeys stay around is cos they get fed their favourite food twice a day which is bananas for one meal and sweet potatoes for the other.

    – gottheshot

  • ApeArt
    ApeArtover 5 years ago

    Well I’d stay around too if I was fed twice a day :)

  • Yep, they know they are on a good deal – certainly. You wanna see them at feeding time :o) Especially the sweet potatoes, they start stealing off each other – except for the leader who has 3 and everyone else has two but no-one steals from the leader :o)

    – gottheshot

  • Arletta
    Arlettaover 5 years ago

    sweet .. and what a forlorn little expression on the one waiting. Adorable!

  • Thank you Arletta, it was a shot of a lifetime. Non-moving objects are easy – but these little fellas were only here for a fraction of a second and I got the shot :o)

    – gottheshot

  • Arek Rainczuk
    Arek Rainczukover 5 years ago

    Cool capture

  • Cheers Arek, I couldnt believe that the focusing and the framing and the exposure had all come together for me on this shot. The right time and right place helped ;o) I nearly lost the shot due to a guide trying to talk to me but I keep on the task in hand and magic happened :o) So pleased you love the shot :o)

    – gottheshot

  • Angel Warda
    Angel Wardaover 5 years ago

    absolutely fab!

  • Hi Angel, Best and luckiest shot of my life – no doubt. There were the 3 average shots which led up to this one where they were fighting a bit for the swing and then the one on the right separated and took this stance and then the monkey above them made a noise and this was a the classic pose result :o)

    – gottheshot

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