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Cathie Rowand - The Journal Gazette
A baby swamp monkey, born September 8, hangs on to its mom, Brie, to nurse Thursday at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.

Looking and Waiting for a Baby Photo

Camera: NIKON D2H

Shutter: 1/250 s

Aperture: f/4.8

Exposure Setting: Shutter Priority

ISO: 400

Strobe Flash: Did Not Fire

Lens Focal Length: 300 mm (view of 450 mm on this camera)

White Balance: Auto

Shooter's Comments: The zoo had a higher than normal amount of babies born this summer, so I went to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo to find a baby to photograph. This can be a difficult assignment if the babies and moms are in a location that is not visible. Cheryl Piropato was very helpful in helping me locate a baby.

She told me that the swamp monkey baby was out and would make a great photo. When we got to home of the swamp monkeys, baby and mom were no where to be seen. They had enough of the public and were hanging out in a tunnel. Cheryl had a zookeeper offer treats to entice mom to come back outside.

I shot this with a 300 mm lens and had to wait for the right moment when the mom wasn't too close to the front fence so that I could blur it out. Monkeys also move around quickly. I had to wait until mom got self-absorbed and started worrying about her nails. That gave me a little time to get this photo.

- Cathie Rowand, Photojournalist

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