I’m Back from Sabah – Meet Jackie

Will post some pictures soon, gotta get all the clothes to the laundry and tidy up the house a bit, load up all the photos (lucky my PSD has Firewire!) and a few other things I need to do.

Just a taster – Meet Jackie.

Meet Jackie

Jackie is a fairly domesticated Orang-Utan in Sabah near to Mount Kinabalu. She comes out of the forest every day to eat fruits from the hands of a few selected people.

She was released into the wild 18 years ago along with 6 other juvenile Orang-Utans – they all disappeared into the thick forest but Jackie comes back without fail.

She loves human attention and beetlenut!

For those that know photography, this was taken at 48 mm focal length – so you can imagine how close I was.

Will update as soon as I can. Enjoy the holiday today.

You can find all the posts from this trip here:

Sabah 2008 Trip – Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu




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19 Responses to I’m Back from Sabah – Meet Jackie

  1. amos March 20, 2008 at 3:04 pm #

    That’s a nice shot. Well done.
    I would be terrified if I’m too close. Orang utans can break you easily.
    I’m curious, why is that Jackie’s hair is black? Aren’t they supposed to be brown-orange?

  2. ShaolinTiger March 20, 2008 at 4:26 pm #

    amos: Thanks – Jackie is more orange/brown actually – the shot is somewhat desaturated as the original colour was very vivid and I found it detracted from the picture.

  3. Angie March 20, 2008 at 5:49 pm #

    Nice pic. I’ve never got that close to an orang-utan before.

  4. jon March 20, 2008 at 7:59 pm #

    eh. movie poster for king kong the sequel right? Love the lighting. love the sparkle in the eye. nicely done. dont know how to make better 🙂

  5. jon March 20, 2008 at 8:20 pm #

    and i am not using netscape navigator ! :p … i am using firefox, a mozilla codebase browser.

  6. Dabido March 20, 2008 at 8:23 pm #

    Grandma Jackie!!! Is that you?
    It is! Grandma!!!!! At last I’ve found you!!! 🙂

  7. KY March 21, 2008 at 12:11 am #

    no wonder looks like dabido!

  8. acidict March 21, 2008 at 1:38 am #

    Nice shot dude and … HAPPY BIRTHDAY 😀

  9. cindy March 21, 2008 at 12:10 pm #

    u got so close to jackie. trying to poison jackie with your lense? 😛 who knows the next time i visit, jackie will be shooting me using 50mm 😛

  10. Albert Ng March 21, 2008 at 1:53 pm #

    48mm on APS-C, you mean? Or having the 1.5x crop factored in? (Whoa.)

    The desaturation makes for a nice Kong effect.

  11. ShaolinTiger March 21, 2008 at 2:08 pm #

    Angie: Yah it’s an amazing experience.

    jon: Thanks! I really like it too.

    Dabido: Hahahha resemblance is there.

    acidict: Thanks 🙂

    cindy: Yah…maybe that might happen.

    Albert: Yah, without crop factor in, still pretty close tho (72mm equiv).

  12. Ds March 22, 2008 at 12:31 am #

    nice shot,keep up the good work =).Was photoshop used?

  13. ShaolinTiger March 24, 2008 at 5:13 pm #

    Ds: Yah I use it for every shot as I use Adobe Camera RAW to convert, then Photoshop to sharpen and add contrast.

  14. EF March 29, 2008 at 11:29 pm #

    Hello! Could you tell me where you spent the night when you were in Sandakan/Sepilok? I’m planning an orang utan trip in June 2008.

  15. ShaolinTiger March 30, 2008 at 6:30 pm #

    EF: We stayed one night in Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, one night in Sepilok Jungle Resort (walking distance to the Orang-Utan Sanctuary) and then one night in Hotel Sandakan to check out the town.

  16. Sat June 10, 2008 at 3:43 pm #

    Hey Tiger,

    Do you know how hard it is for me to click here and the just to find blog about jackie?? if you remember me, im one of jackie’s boyfriend. I checked all your collections and dude, nice job! regards to Kim

    The Tour Guide

  17. BLue December 12, 2008 at 12:59 pm #

    *claps* This picture makes me love Sabah even more ^_^

  18. edrie June 20, 2009 at 7:12 pm #

    Hey, that’s Jackie alright. I went as close as you did until a long-tailed macaque came to steal the spotlight. Nearly got bitten too. Love the photo 🙂

  19. ShaolinTiger June 29, 2009 at 5:33 pm #

    Sat: Hey dude, more posts coming soon! Don’t worry you’ll see your face here one day.

    BLue: Sabah ROCKS.

    edrie: Hahah, thanks Jackie is awesome.