Sock Monkey

sock monkey

This is Gomez. Gomez is usually a good monkey, and occasionally somewhat curious. A couple nights ago, he got to be the subject of a few dozen photos as I played with the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings to see how the camera would behave in a low light situation (my garage after dark with just a couple bulbs lit).

I took this image at f/2.8, ISO 1600, and a shutter speed of 1/25. While I need to play with shutter speed some more, I’m really happy with how sharp what I focused on came out.

My focal point was Gomez’s hair. At f/2.8, and with me just a couple feet away, the yarn closest to the lens is out of focus while the yarn in the middle is tack sharp. Even at full modification, it looks awesome. Here is a close up at half original size (at full size, it’s so close, you can barely tell what it is).

I was taking this as part of the photographic monthly scavenger hunt on Flickr (which you can join here), and the clue was “Shaggy.” See below for other entries on this topic… and find a conversation on what the scavenger hunt is in the candy fish post.


  1. Pls try clicking some dogs.. I know its a universal concept.. But dogs easily suits the shaggy tag. I checked out the flickr page as well and most of them have dog pictures as submissions.

  2. A little too universal for my tastes, I’m afraid. It was either Gomez or some scruffy plant, but as there were lots of plants submitted, and no sock monkeys, I went with Gomez. 🙂

  3. Firstly, I am a fan and do like you other stuff. But I don’t know about this. I mean is it really shaggy or just a tuft? Kind of cute though.

  4. I think a lot of people agree with you, Jason. It certainly didn’t win any awards in the contest! 🙂

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