f 3.2, 1/160 sec, ISO 800, 86 mm
My wife and I traveled to Borneo to photograph the orangutans being rehabilitated back into the wild, as well as wild ones in the Tanjung Putting National Park, Kalimantan, Indonesia. I had a vision of trying to capture the essence of the “orang-u-tan” which translates “man-of-forest.” My vision and reality came together as we were travelling along the river when we spotted this orangutan mother and baby in a tree. The boat stopped for us to photograph them. As I was photographing the pair, the mother came down the tree to our boat-level, and reached out, trying to make contact with us, allowing me to get this up-close & personal picture of mother & child.