Wednesday, January 16, 2008

bethany got attacked by a monkey, hehehe

yes. a monkey. in the wild.

we were kayaking in halong bay vietnam, and our destination on the kayaks was called monkey island. well, we honestly thought it was just a name, but sure enough, we got close to the beach and there were monkeys all over the rocks. really cool. so of course we had to get close and take photos.
well after a while, one of the monkeys turned psycho and actually attacked bethany. it all happened in slow motion... he zeroed in on her from 15 feet away and stared her in the eyes, then he made a crazy hissing noise, then charged her!!!! i was like dude no way this is happening.... but it was. so he grabbed onto her legs and was biting her shoe like it was the best corn on the cob ever. he got her shoe off, and by that time i had grabbed a paddle and shoed him off. he was pissed and wanted to fight more, but myself and another dude ganged up on him and scared him down the beach.

after it was all over and bethany was fine (besides a near heart attack) i had never laughed so hard in my entire life. good times.

i did have my camera on me the whole time, but didn't get any action shots because i was so busy saving my wifes life. she might say something different about that... but ya, i definitely at least saved her foot that day.

i love this (totally unrehearsed) photo taken a minute after it all happened. notice the deathgrip on the paddle. she wouldn't put that thing down for anything after that happened! haha

and of course, the monster himself!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheeky monkey!


I know you're mega busy travelling and so on, but I was wondering what was your preferred shooting option - RAW or JPEG, or RAW+JPEG?

If RAW, is storage a problem? How much time do you spend processing? If I was lucky enough to be able to do what you're doing I'd be shooting JPEG for minimal processing and using RAW when I thought it might be helpful.

Great images, great vision!

Don't worry if you're too busy to comment. Have a great time!

1/18/2008 9:28 AM  
Blogger Sarah McAllister said...

HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAH...........OMG!!!!!!!! hahahaahaHAHAHAHAAhahahahahahaah LOL!!!! ARE YOU FLIPPING SERIOUS???? Holy smokes.....Bethany...I'm sorry, but that is so histarical. I'm crying right now cause I can't stop laughing. I'm picturing the whole story played out in my head and I'm dying!!!!! OH MY GOSH.....WOW!!!!! I guess you guys really are getting to experience EVERYTHING!!!!! hahahaha. crazy. love it, that's thee best story ever. In ten years, you guys will be busting that out on your kids.
"Oh yeah, well one time your mom got attacked by a monkey in beat that small fry." ~Blaine (future quote) ; )

1/18/2008 1:50 PM  
Blogger amancay said...

Oh. my. word... wow!

memories, foh shoh!

um, but kudos to you Blaine, I mean really... who knew you had it in you to NOT get the shot and opt to defend your wife... good move, good man

*goes back to laughing and possibly sharing the permalink*

1/19/2008 8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your not in Kansas Dorothy! Maybe the monkey was showing affection to you Betheny. Dad from Oregon

1/19/2008 2:47 PM  
Blogger blaine said...

We always shoot RAW with no exceptions. On this trip, were shooting only RAW with no JPEG at all, there isn't any need for it. Only time we shoot JPEG as well is for weddings, when we want to do a slideshow at the reception.

Of course the RAW images are filling our hard drives up like crazy, but we planned for it. We have 4 250GB Western Digital Passport drives, which are really small and light. So far so good. We have the images duped on 2 drives at all times. One stays with the luggage in the hotel, and one stays on us. If everything was stolen from us it's all replaceable (thanks to insurance) except for the images....

One thing that helps too is editing while were shooting by deleting dupe images in the camera, and also editing at the end of the day, or the end of the week, etc. This had cut down about half of the amount of images were storing.

Right now I think were at about 200gb of RAW images, cut down from about 400 or so. :)

For the photos on my blog, I spend about 15 seconds of processing on each one, so it's pretty rough. When I get back home on the G5, I'll spend a lot more time on the good ones!

1/19/2008 6:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for the response! I really appreciate it knowing how active you both are there.

It's interesting to hear your approach. 200GB of RAW images from 400 shot!! serious work.

So you're 100% RAW for the trip and very well organised too. The images look excellent. I'm impressed.

I've never taken fully to RAW myself, although I've made time to check it all out and experiment to see what suits me best in the long run. I was interested in your working method.

If you're going to spend "a lot more time on the good ones" you'll be very busy! Excellent shots.

Best regards to you both,


1/20/2008 10:48 AM  
Blogger JP Jespersen said...

No way Blaine,

I kayaked to that same Island in Halong Bay. At least they called it Monkey Island and there were a bunch of pissed off monkeys on it. One stole my camera bag and my guide had to chase after him with a stick.

Did you kayak with HandSpan Tours?


1/20/2008 11:43 AM  
Blogger blaine said...

Thats crazy! We weren't with Handspan because they were double the price we paid. Everyone says they are the best though.
Our kayak guide works for Handspan too though, and he said we do all the same stuff, for half the price, haha.

It's funny you'd comment here because just yesterday you came up in a conversation here in Cambodia. I met a photographer from SLC and I mentioned your name, he said he has heard of you! Small world.

1/21/2008 8:22 AM  
Blogger Taylor Abeel said...

HEEE-larious. Wish I could have been there for that one!

2/14/2008 11:02 AM  

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