Between sunrise and sunset, the gelada spends most of its day foraging in the grasslands of the plateau like its close relative the baboon. At night, they sleep on the sheer cliff faces of the Simiens that offer protection from any predators.
Ethiopia – Photo Tip

Follow the light to be a better photographer

Photo by Timothy Allen

Ethiopia – Photo Tip Follow the light to be a better photographer

If you travel to Ethiopia's Simien Mountains, you will have no trouble finding gelada baboons to photograph. There are literally thousands of them around.

Timothy Allen
Timothy Allen Travel Photographer

However, like here in Ethiopia, shooting in the golden light of the setting sun may involve the use of a compass to best position yourself to pick out the highlights on a group of animals with the sun going down behind them.

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Remember to expose for the highlights on their fur using a manual setting. If you rely on automatic modes, you may overexpose.

I shoot a lot around sunset and sunrise because I don’t like the harsh quality of daylight. In the daytime, I often take photographs inside. This way I can make use of single-light sources such as windows and doorways to capture the delicate highlights on people’s faces rather than having to use the overpowering glare outside.

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Food in most of Ethiopia is cooked on an open fire such as this one in the Simiens, putting pressure on the habitat in the national park when people collect firewood. A fire is also a necessity to dry clothes in the rainy seasons and in the winter when night-time temperatures will plunge to -5C. Photo by Timothy Allen

Timothy Allen

Timothy Allen

Canon EOS 5D

Aperture
ƒ/2.8
Exposure
1/20
ISO
640
Focal
16 mm

Food in most of Ethiopia is cooked on an open fire such as this one in the Simiens, putting pressure on the habitat in the national park when people collect firewood. A fire is also a necessity to dry clothes in the rainy seasons and in the winter when night-time temperatures will plunge to -5C.

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