There are many groups of both spider and howler monkeys roaming the forest around Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC), and this group turned up as I was photographing flowers.

They were inquisitive and calm, and some stopped to check me out, but the group was on the move so they had to follow – you can see the others up on the left.

This is a typical example of how quickly your focus can change, and how you must be prepared to use a long lens in seconds even though you are deeply focusing on a macro shot. Here I didn’t have my long lens at hand – it was in my cabin – and I would rather have a shot with my 210mm macro than none. The interesting thing is that in this case I think the wider view is much more interesting than that of a 500mm lens.

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: NIKON D4
  • Focal length: 210mm
  • ISO: 3200
  • Shutter speed: 1/160 s