Most of my monkey photos lacked these things. They look something like this:
Unfortunately, compared to my other photos, that one looks like something out of National Geographic. The majority look more like this:
Of course, none of these unsuccessful monkey photos are even that upsetting until you consider this: On the day of our departure my camera batteries died. It was the same day that a family of 20 or so monkeys crossed RIGHT OVER OUR BOAT. Even the tiny local baby on board pointed and said, "monos, monos!" I just sighed. I contemplated asking the guide to sift through my suitcase for my camera. Maybe there was still a tiny bit of juice left in those batteries. I knew there wasn't. I cursed myself for trying to photograph the bats in our bathroom the night before. I tried to tell myself that I was really just enjoying the moment. I didn't have a shutter speed to worry about; I was just experiencing pure, unadulterated monkey observation. It was lies. I'm bitter. I wanted that cool monkey shot.
If ever you are in the forest, know that if you bring anything less than a $700.00 camera, the little monks will elude you time and again. But also know that you will be in Ecuador, and you will have so many photo-worthy opportunities that a $700.00 camera will be worth it. If on these same travels you should see someone near the side of the road selling shirts that say, "Monkeys: so badass pink river dolphins are just okay next to them," buy one. It's my business. I'm saving up for a $700.00 camera and another trip to the rain forest.