Tuan the Orangutan


F-stop f/6.5 – Exposure 1/30 – ISO 800

Tuan is a beautiful animal. I took this picture at Hamburg Zoo in terribly bright light from a fair distance while he hid in a darkened cave. Almost black cave with bright white light around it is not ideal with a point & shoot camera (Nikon Coolpix L840)

But with the help of Inpaint and Photoshop CC 2015 to make him more pleasing it is now a picture I am happy with.

The orangutans (also spelled orang-utan, orangutang, or orang-utang) are the two exclusively Asian species of extant great apes. Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, orangutans are currently found in only the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. Classified in the genusPongo, orangutans were considered to be one species. However, since 1996, they have been divided into two species: the Bornean orangutan (P. pygmaeus) and the Sumatran orangutan (P. abelii). In addition, the Bornean species is divided into three subspecies. Based on genome sequencing, the two extant orangutan species evidently diverged around 400,000 years ago. The orangutans are also the only surviving species of the subfamily Ponginae, which also included several other species, such as the three extinct species of the genusGigantopithecus, including the largest known primate Gigantopithecus blacki. The ancestors of the Ponginae subfamily split from the main ape line in Africa 16 to 19 million years ago (mya) and spread into Asia.

Orangutans are the most arboreal of the great apes and spend most of their time in trees. Their hair is typically reddish-brown, instead of the brown or black hair typical of chimpanzees and gorillas. Males and females differ in size and appearance. Dominant adult males have distinctive cheek pads and produce long calls that attract females and intimidate rivals. Younger males do not have these characteristics and resemble adult females. Orangutans are the most solitary of the great apes, with social bonds occurring primarily between mothers and their dependent offspring, who stay together for the first two years. Fruit is the most important component of an orangutan’s diet; however, the apes will also eat vegetation, bark, honey, insects and even bird eggs. They can live over 30 years in both the wild and captivity.

Orangutans are among the most intelligent primates; they use a variety of sophisticated tools and construct elaborate sleeping nests each night from branches and foliage. The apes have been extensively studied for their learning abilities. There may even be distinctive cultures within populations. Field studies of the apes were pioneered by primatologist Birutė Galdikas. Both orangutan species are considered to beEndangered, with the Sumatran orangutan being Critically Endangered. Human activities have caused severe declines in the populations and ranges of both species. Threats to wild orangutan populations include poaching, habitat destruction, and the illegal pet trade. Several conservation and rehabilitation organisations are dedicated to the survival of orangutans in the wild.

Natures FOCUS

So what is Natures Focus? Natures Focus is designed more than any other reason to serve as a base for the pictures that show the things about this wonderful world I love. We all hear in the news about issues with our environment and let us be honest about things. Man has done a pretty bad job at being the CEO of this planet and we all can do better to protect it.

Now me, I love animals, the sky, the moon, rocks, mountains and old buildings. I want to document them all here and show that anybody can save a little piece of earth that you love at least in a picture. I am not a professional photographer as many of my images are going to show but I am a learner and I will get the best out of a shot I love regardless of whether it is deemed professional or worthy of being saved or restored. I am not a techy, I use Google search on a daily basis to learn how to do things and taking pictures is no exception. I use Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom for most of my pictures if they need a touch up and also Inpaint to remove that annoying light flare or that persons head that just keeps on getting in the way.

So I hope you enjoy my journal and share in the love I have for this wonderful world.