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Winter Hell - for Evelynn

Winter Hell - for Evelynn
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-13
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon EF 300mm f2.8 USM IS
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pankaj Bajpai's Favourite, TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-01 6:12
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am dedicating this posting to Evelynn. She gave me a lot advice when I first joined TN and has proved an invaluable friend since. I have dedicated a posting to her before, but this is the first time I have dedicted a posting to anyone a second time (no offence meant to anyone).

The Japanse Macque or Snow Monkeys of Kanbayashi Onsen (Onsen = Japanese for hot spring) have learnt to take advantage of the warm waters in winter. They became famous when they were featured in an American Magazine in the 1950s.

I chose this shot to post because I really think you can see the look of pain on this old male's face. I have posted some others with full mirror reflection but thought in this instance it would distract from the look on his face.

For more information of these monkeys see my other postings.

Hope you like it.

paulorodrigues, Alex99, PaulH, uleko, haraprasan, eqshannon, rousettus, jaycee, jrobertop, SunToucher, Dis. Ac., nglen, Evelynn, pekkavalo1, gracious, boreocypriensis, flashpoint, SelenE, degani, manyee, JoseMiguel, anel, ramthakur, cataclysta, rcrick, seafetish has marked this note useful
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Olá James
Very nice moment like a SPA
Regards from Portugal

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-01 6:17]

Hi James,
how are you? Great dedication to a lovely lady - the expression you have caught here is priceless, well done!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-09-01 6:19]

Hi James.
I like all shots from this outstanding series. This one is amazing and you managed to realize own creative idea to concentrate our attention on feeling of pain. Terrific expression of the monkey face and really outstanding sample of highest photo skill and art. Bravo and many thanks for so heartfelt post.
Yours Alexei.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-01 6:23]

Hello James,
The expression of this Snow Macaque in the relatively warm water is priceless, taken with great lighting.
I'm sure Evelynn would love it!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-01 6:43]

Hello James,
A beauty in your serie of the Macaques. The expression on the face is marvelous.
Excellent sharpness and natural colours. High quality photo!
A great dedication to Evelynn.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-01 7:03]

Hello James,
What a brilliant capture of this amazing Snow Macaque. I think we all look a bit like this when the winter storms begin - ugh! Very well-timed and very fine details and colours. I like the reflections in the water and the surrounding splashes. Well done!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

wonderful face with graet expression...
it's surprising!
well done

Hi James,
A nice capture of this Japanese Snow monkey. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

I love it James....I REALLY loved Ev's last image for Markus as well..and a dedication too her was in order. I see you picked from your top drawer images. You know James..I get more questions about your Japanese image than any other of the dozens on my walls...It is outstanding..not sure what makes it stick out so much....and not to discount any others..Paul Haynes has one deer shot that .....it fits in so well with yours and this one has its own merits on personality...Super addition!

Hi James
What a great headliner for Evelynn... I can really releate...it's snowed yesterday just west of Cochrane, the mountains are pure white this morning.

Poor little Macque's, you captured their facial expression perferctly. They are to cold to call out. Nice detail, colour and composition.
TFS Janice

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-09-01 8:17]

Hello James, a lovely and great shot of theese snow monkeys.
TFS and regards,


Hello James,
Nice to see again this interesting japanese macaques. Have a bath in warm water under snow, it must be very nice. Its face tells that they enjoy. You captured such nice moment with great shot. Thanks for sharing and informative notes. best wishes

Hello James,
Wonderful! The expression in the face of this monkey is
priceless! Excellent POV and composition.. Well done


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-01 9:54]

Hi James,

The expression on this old Macque's face is priceless - I can feel his pain. Excellent colors and details. The reflections and spashes are a bonus.


Hi James.
Magnificent picture! Splendid moment!
Very appropriate POV and excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing!
José Roberto

Hi James,
Evelynn deserves a lot of dedication. Here present is always a pleasant, happy and honest one. I do hope that she is going to see this one otherwise I have to point her to it.
The expression is a wonderful one. I do agree that it looks like there is pain involved...maybe difficulties with some gass. :)

hi James,

this one looks really cold.
Nice capture from the monkey and wahat an expression.TFS


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-01 11:56]

Hi james. A dedication to Evelynn. I am sur see will love it. I think the face makes the picture what it is first class. such fine detail well done TFS.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-01 12:12]

How can an animal portrait can be better than that! Simply perfect in every way, well done, thanks!


..So you dedicate "Winter Hell" to me!! I find that amusing even if I find the photo fantastic!! You know that I love these monkeys. The even light is perfect, and I love the soft reflection and the snow. I do think you have a wonderful knack for portrait photography and it shows here in the capture of that expression. The portraits you've posted on Photo.net are top notch!

This is a great photo and I truly appreciate your kind words and value your friendship too!

Evelynn : )

Hi James,
Very good picture of these apes bathing. Difficult to say if the impression is of pain or relief and surely it is a very good impression which you have se well captured. Details are sharp and colours are excellent. In addition to the impression I like the snow that is in their fur.

Hello James,
Compliment for this superb image with great quality!
great expression from this face in total sharpness, nice colour and details
great shot

Hi James, a loevly and perfect shot of these Japanese Macque with wonderful colurs and reflections. I love facial expressions which you captured here:) Great!
TFS and Cheers,


hi James,
great moment and just timing captured
hot bath for these cute japanse macque

best regards sERGIO

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-01 13:37]

This is beautiful James...
And ofcourse a great dedication for Evelynn
All the best,

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2008-09-01 13:50]

hi James,
what a beautiful and unusual image, this nice animal has been taken in a very great expression, wonderful
kind regards

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-09-01 14:13]

Hello James,
A wonderful dedication to my old friend Evelynn, who, I agree, is a very special person.
And a wonderful capture of that expression... that welled up from the bottom of the soul of that macaque.
I have to say though, that when I look at that face, I do not see pain. No doubt, the feeling is a deep one. I think the association of "pain" comes from the blotchy red face, which reminds us of a burn victim. But if we can get past that, and we look at the eyes squinting in concentration, the mouth relaxing in anticipation, the body gliding into the warm spring.... we can possibly see the experience of utter bliss... "This feels so good it hurts!"
Whatever our interpretation, this is a masterpiece, James.
Isn't that the art of photography, not to have the image tell what "is", but to have the image evoke our feelings and stir our imagination?

I love snow monkeys and this one's expression is priceless. Very nice capture and well done exposure. TFS


Hi James,
What an amazing capture!
You were really close and details got are so good.
Specially the expression on his face. And the water drops flying around.
My compliments and thanks for share.
Best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-02 0:16]

Hello James,
Looking at this picture it reminds us so much of a human being. Amazing this very expressive face which can transmit so much feelings. Makes us think that they surely have a soul too.
A great picture, James
Un grand merci

Hi James,
How can I pass on without commenting on such a beauty :) The expression on their face is wekk captured here. Great dedication too..

I have found this series of yours most appealing, James.
In this image too, the Macaque monkeys are coping with the elements of nature and conveying their sensations through very touching facial expressions.
The image is so perfect I feel as if I too am immersed in water and looking across at them from close proximity.
A masterpiece of a picture again.
Thanks and warm regards.

Hi James
It is beautiful. Perfect unusual portrait. Great sharpness, great colors I like it very much Nothing to critique
Best wishes

Hi James,

Apologise I don't know how this one slipped past but it did, so better late then never. It’s a bit hard to come up with something original when so much has been said, so I'll keep it simple & short,

"Superb shot and a wonderful dedication"

Rick :)

A very nice capture James. The expression is very anthropomorphic. Japanese macaques are very interesting in their quick adaptive behavior to adopt the warmth and comfort of the hot springs in the cold of the winter. One must think when they come out of the water they must be really cold. I would love to photograph these beautiful primates someday soon. What is a good time of the year to visit Kanbayashi Onsen?
Paul :)

Hi James,

Pictures can tell stories! This one is brilliant!!



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