Agouti Pose: The Daily Travel Photo


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Agouti Pose: The Daily Travel Photo


The Set Up

I’ve seen agoutis in a number of the places I’ve been but have never been able to capture them on camera.  Well not in a clean shot anyways.  I’ve seen them as far north as Costa Rica and as far south as the Pantanal of Brazil.  Each and every time I photographed them I got blurry photos.  They are very nervous animals and each time I’ve lined one up within range of my 200mm lens they’ve ran off.  So when this agouti wandered into the park I was wandering through in Georgetown, Guyana and stood nearby nearly posing I knew I had to take advantage of my chance.

The Shot

One of the most difficult things about shooting animals in jungle environments is that there often isn’t a whole lot of light.  The tree canopy shades most of the light causing you to shoot with lower shutter speeds.  When you are photographing an animal that wont stand still, like this agouti, any photo taken at a shutter speed of lower than about 1/100 will likely come out slightly out of focus.  I normally tell people not to boost their ISO speed at all, but when it comes to moving targets in poorly lit areas sometimes it is worth it to boost your ISO speed to about 200-400.  I wouldn’t go more than that or you’ll end up with very “noisy”  photos.  Also, as I’ve said before, when shooting animals try to shoot them from their eye level.  For this shot I down on one knee.

Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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  1. Being near the bottom of the food chain tends to make one nervous especially in a jungle.

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    • Hahaha, so true.

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  2. What a curious cute little creature!!! It reminds me a little bit of the little creatures you get on top of Table Mountain in South Africa. The locals call them “dassies” but I think the proper term is a rock hyrax. Incredibly, their nearest living relative is the elephant – nature can be great, hey?
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