Monkey Hijacks Photographer’s Camera and Shoots Self-Portraits

Three years ago wildlife photographer David Slater spent three days photographing a group of crested black macaque monkeys in an Indonesian national park. As he was trying to fend off some monkeys, another monkey approached his tripod-mounted Canon 5D and started playing with the remote shutter release.

They were quite mischievous, jumping all over my equipment. One hit the button. The sound got his attention and he kept pressing it. At first it scared the rest of them away but they soon came back – it was amazing to watch. [#]

Afterward, he found hundreds of photos taken by the monkeys on his memory card, including some self-portraits and even a portrait of Slater.

Here’s an interesting question: doesn’t the monkey technically own the rights to the images?

(via The Guardian)

  • Shell

    I did notice that as well. Focus is bang on. Very sharp.Wonderful use of depth of feild.

  • Shell

    I agree. Seems like the photographer may be making a point. I think I get what that point might I need some help with my depth of field so I’d really like to speak with that monky.

  • Shell

    Did the Macaque shoot raw or jpg?

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  • Pat Bello

    I just love photographers for their sense of humor… I’m talking about the monkeys.