Thanks and a Victorian Monkey on an Elephant’s Back

Before we get to the photo for today, I want to say thank you. Today starts the beginning of my fourth month of blogging, and I am truly amazed and humbled by the response this blog and my creative photography have received. I am honored. So many thanks for all those who visit, like, subscribe and comment on my work. I truly appreciate it. And I hope I can keep this up. (:

Now on to this aristocratic looking monkey. (:


I was over at a house that had a lot of Victorian and antique objects — some just a feast for my eyes.

There was this one object, an elaborate brass elephant with a monkey on his back. I was just fascinated by it. The monkey in certain ways looked human, which puzzled me, and there was just something about him that entranced me.

I shot this photo in early morning light. I placed the elephant on a table where the sun was shining, so he would be lit where the sun hit him, but all else would be in deep shadow.

Shot with my 105mm macro lens at f/10.

Image Copyright Β© Katie Johnson. All Rights Reserved.


~ by KatiesCameraBlog on December 13, 2011.

63 Responses to “Thanks and a Victorian Monkey on an Elephant’s Back”

  1. Great lighting for this one. Love the post title too!

  2. Happy and admiring congrats dear Katie. Your camera bring a lot of beauty into our lives. Cheers, to your well earned success! πŸ˜€
    And the monkey is raising its head to the early light. You have captured a story.

  3. Wow and congratulations Katie – that is awesome! I have enjoyed following your photos. You have a good eye.

  4. Exponential growth, I guess. Great, Katie. I have been noticing this too (hehe πŸ˜‰ ). I am amazed and happy. Congratulations. πŸ™‚

    And this is a great photo. Good job Katie.

  5. Great shot, Katie! Congrats on your many followers and visits too πŸ™‚

  6. Congratulations on the success of your blog!

  7. What amazing success you are having. Congratulations! I’m sure a lot of it is due to the kindness and care you put into your comments on other’s blogs.

  8. Congratulations dear Katie, I wish your blog to live forever… Yes, forever… This is one of my favurite blogs… Your photography is so beautiful, poetical, artistic and philosophical… Also inspirational too. Thank you, I loved this photograph too. You always find very interesting subjects and fascinating… With my love, nia

  9. I really like the way he looks at the rising sun! The contrast is just right. [congrats on a deservingly succesful blog!]

  10. Beautiful shot! Im always inspired by your photos πŸ™‚

  11. great shot Katie!!!!

  12. Seems to have quite a grimace! I like the tones in the background.

    • Yeah, that grimace is touching I think. I’d grimace too if I was forced to act like a human and sit on an elephant’s back. πŸ™‚ I like the tones in the background too. Thanks, Graham.

  13. Thanlks for sharing your gift!

    I love this monkey. I think she thinks she’s gorgeous πŸ˜‰

  14. Good job..young lady! You certainly provide us with lots of great photography.

  15. Great lighting control~! Thanks for sharing Katie..:)

  16. Congratulations on starting your fourth month! As an almost-daily blogger I can understand the fun and challenge of posting every day. Your photos are wonderful, a visual treat, and today’s is no exception. Keep up the great work, Katie!

  17. Great photo Katie, I think you picked the perfect spot to light your subject. Congrats on your blogging adventure. Keep up the great work!!!

  18. You’re right – he does look rather human. It’s something in his pose and expression or the way he has his hear tilted. I like the lightening.

  19. Lovely light in this photo (& it SURE DOES look human).

  20. πŸ™‚ yay for you!

    I think.. that I can’t decide if the monkey scares me or intrigues me. But monkey statues always seem to bring doom in old

  21. I have this strange fascination for old carnival/circus things, not to mention I love the Victorian era, so this one speaks to me. I love this photo, Katie. The colors in the background really work well, also. I’ll bet the elephant this monkey is riding is pretty intricate, too.

    Congratulations on your fourth month of having the blog! It’s a great blog and always a joy to come visit. Keep it up! πŸ™‚

    • I do too, Jenna. Just something about old carnival things that just hits me deep. So glad you like this image and it touched you so much, Jenna. That is always so wonderful to hear. And thanks for the words on my blog. πŸ™‚

  22. As I’ve said before – great shot! I love the lighting on this – one side facing into the sun and the other deeply covered in shadow. Great!

    (on a different note – it’s a pleasure to keep up with your blog! Your posts are always interesting and your photos beautiful to see. Thank you for writing them!) : )

  23. Congrats – and keep up the great “work!” Your photos & enfries are ab fab and inspiring to others such as myself : ) great job, and thank you!

  24. a photo a day is a good idea for a blog. i did that for a while too but now i am no longer online every day so alas, tis not possible. thanks for stopping by tho and your kind words πŸ˜‰

  25. Great photo Katie! I am sure you can keep up with the great work you do! πŸ™‚ I truly enjoy your creative photos!! πŸ™‚

    • Ah, thanks, Kristina! I have a zillion photos I like, or that are “good,” but finding ones that spark something in me now is a bit harder. πŸ™‚ Thanks for your comment!

  26. Congrats on your fourth month. You have quite the following and it is well deserved! That monkey scares me a little.

    • Thank you so much for your so nice compliment. πŸ™‚ And sorry the monkey scares you some. I can see that, and then he looks like he might be a bit scared himself. Just something in his face.

  27. Wonderful lighting!!

  28. I didn’t you are still baby in blogging, amazing achievement for a 4 months blog…hope you won”t get bored and continue blogging so that we can always enjoy your photography πŸ™‚

    The lighting is good…butt I think the monkey is a bit scary

  29. That’s a very dramatic shot! The lighting makes it. Takes it from a mass produced decoration to a statement about life and existence.

    • Thanks, Zorgor! I took photos of the entire piece, but this was the shot that I really loved. glad you like it. I agree too, the lighting is what makes it. Always in photography, I think. πŸ™‚

  30. I enjoy seeing what your eyes see. Keep up the great work and congratulations on your fourth month of daily posting! (I can only manage every two or three days, so I’m in awe!) πŸ™‚

  31. So cute <333 Keep up creating your great photos!

  32. Your viewing figures are fantastic. If Ihad ten percent of those I’d be ecstatic. How do you do it?

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