The Golden Hour With Gelada Baboons
by John Downey
The golden hour (last light of the day) is best for portraits. Works for wildlife too. The top image of a large, male Gelada (“Bleeding Heart”) baboon was made late in the afternoon and behind a ridge where diffused light saturated color, drawing attention directly to the tell-tale red chest of these primates.
Here the same male becomes annoyed by our persistent presence. Geladas are the only Old World species endemic to Ethiopia. See Wikipedia for more information on these unique baboons.
An escarpment drops 1000m behind these four Geladas.