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Look Mother ...Snow! 200th Posting

Look Mother ...Snow!   200th Posting
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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: 2008-01-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Wildlife of Japan, TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-28 3:22
Viewed: 5496
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The caption comes from the film ‘Bambi’ – in this case I think the mother would reply ‘Yes dear – that’s why we are called SNOW monkeys’!!

This is my 200th posting and I didn’t know what to post – and – as usual – changed my mind at the last minute.

I have been in awe of many people who post on TN – most people take tremendous efforts to obtain wonderful shots. I am feel very lazy in comparison – I am, for instance, a novice with macro – I bought a 100mm 2.8 lense but have not got very far (my dog, Coco comes everywhere in the UK with me, and when I get down on my tummy or knees to take a shot, she sees this as a wonderful opportunity to express her undying love for me, which takes the form of wriggling, on her back to ‘kiss’ and nibble my nose – usually flattening or frightening the subject).

I have also become aware that my taste in landscapes is rather weird – I tend towards the semi-abstract!

I would like to thank everyone who has written critiques of my postings. I realised during my last trip, that my approach has changed quite a lot - I am a lot more careful framing shots and looking for angles etc. I really must start using my tripod – my biggest problem is getting it into my luggage – I will inevitably take an extra lense, body (they will fit into my backpack) rather than have a tripod hanging off the back). In any case it would be virtually impossible to get on through the security at Heathrow – but things are changing!

When I travel my rucksack is a nightmare – it is often heavier than my main luggage. I have also become a bit obsessive about storing images. I take my laptop and download every evening if I can, however, I have about 130 Gb in Compact flash cards and 35 Gb in SD cards (there are such good deals on the internet and duty free). I also take about 1000 Gb in portable hard drives. I download and convert to Tiff files and then keep the RAW files on two separate hard drives – I have had them break (with portable hard drives I will now only use Western Digital and Maxtor). Now, I am quite aware that all this makes me VERY SAD ;)!

This year I am hoping that our travels will take us to South Africa, Gabon, Australia, Argentina and/or Chile and possibly Antarctica again. We usually do some work while we are away, thanks to the internet and mobile phones – this may seem weird, but it means we get to see quite a lot.

Anyway - Thanks again to all my friends on TN.

PaulH, Miss_Piggy, rousettus, uleko, Heaven, pvs, Bufo, crs, eqshannon, Necipp, hester, CeltickRanger, Adanac, NinaM, rcrick, sandpiper2, earthtraveler, SunToucher, delic, Roynsam, Evelynn has marked this note useful
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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-28 3:36]

Hi James,
well i for one want to thank you, for showing us such a diverse and wide ranging number of places, most of which i doubt i will ever visit. I personally think your contribution to TN has been invaluable and hope you continue for at least 200 more!
Anyway, another top quality natural scene here, these Snow Monkeys look quite at home in their little den. Excellent exposure and some fine detail - well done!

Hallo James
I have been looking at your portfolio and you have such a variety of photos in your gallery from all over the world. You really are a very fortunate person to have the opportunity to visit these countries. The image you share with us to celebrate your 200th posting is really stunning. I must be honest to say that I am actually lost for words. This is such a cute image, but in the same I feel so sorry for these animals. I know that they are used to these conditions but still it looks so bitterly cold out there. The little ones face is so adorable and I can see many humanlike characteristics coming through. At least their fur looks quite warm and is adequate to protect them from the cold. The expression on both their faces is priceless. It was a real pleasure to look at. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Hello James,

Very nice shot of these monkeys. Nice POV. Good sharpness and great colours.
Congrats for you 200th.

Dear James,
Firstly, congratulations on your 200th post. I wish you many hundreds shots on TN. Up to now, you have shared many great shots from all over the world. Thanks for again.
As for this capture, this famous Japanese macaque which you posted another pose several days ago is a great model. They in cold and under snow gave very sympatic pose to you. You also captured them perfectly. Like focus, POV, composition; white balance great. Notes always great and informative. Thanks for sharing.
well done my friend

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-28 4:07]

Hello James,
Congratulations and what a shot to celebrate with!! Superb capture of these two "snow monkeys" in their cave! Not exactly a common sight! Excellent sharpness and fine colours and very nicely composed. Great!!
I look forward to see more of the world's wildlife through your eyes!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Hi James!

Hmm, your autoportrait of a photographer is too severe: I'm always happy and pleased to look at your wonderful pictures and their richness. It's so surprising to see where you already have been. I'm a bit jalous... I would like to travel much more, but I can't. So I get impressions from many countries through your pictures!

Kind regards


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-28 4:28]

Hi James,

A great capture for this occasion,yeah,packing bags is sometimes a crime,I always take my tripod in my main luggage,but what yo as well can consider is to purchase a beanbag,maybe heavy to walk around all day,but if you are photographing from a vehicle it is working great,you can fly with an empty bag and fill it up with rice ,beans or whatever on location,anyway thanks for this picture and to look at your travelscheme,we can expect somethings this year,thanks


First of all congratulations on 200 posts James. And secondly I agree with Paul, your contribution to TN is invaluable.
This photo is outstanding in IMHO. Both primates exhibit human-like/thoughtful expressions..one wonders how they actually see the world around them. Not that I want to get inside the monkeys head ;}
The natural framing works very nicely, and you have excellent detail, color, exposure, and POV in this well composed image.
Very well done,

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2008-01-28 5:23]

Hello James,
I reckon this is just the start of your personal gallery? A very nice image and I have the feeling that you have a few more to choose from ;-)
And about a tripod. Well, I think it's a matter of what your intentions are in photography. Snapshots from trips are often fine enough to tell a story to family & friends. For myself, as a biologist I use my images to support presentations I give. Nothing more, nothing less. I feel the quality is sufficient for that. Some good friends of mine have aspirations to take the ultimate shots, by using tripods, bean bags, aquaria, shelters etc etc. Dunno, I don't think I feel like carrying all that stuff. Better take another SD card and shoot as much as ye can :-)

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-01-28 5:28]

Hi James,

Excelent photo. Animals look so natural in the existing light. You succede to get in your photo very good colors. The face of little monkey looks freat.
Thank you for sharing,

Hello James
My congratulation's for your 200th post here on TN. I wish you many more to come!
This shot is really well presented with great quality and natural frame.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-28 6:20]

Hello James,
Congratulations on your 200th post. Your Japan photos are amazing, this one also. And when I read your note there are coming some more.
Very good sharpness, details, colours and POV in an excellent composition.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-28 7:32]

Hi James,
you are probably one of the least-lazy person on TN!
I don't think anyone has travelled to as many countries as you!
You have showed us many never-before-seen-on-TN animals and some truly stunning landscapes throughout your 200 posts!

This photo is very nice :)
They look cosy and warm in their little den!
Very good image quality.
I am looking forward to another 200 posts from you :)
Well done,

p.s you can never have too much storage anyway ;)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-28 8:32]

Hi James,

Congratulations on your milestone! You have continulously presented us with unusual sights and I look forward to the next 200. This was a good choice - once again showing us something few of us will see. The Snow monkeys surrounded by the white stuff are wonderful. I love the looks on their faces.


Quite good James...You certainly had the good eye when imaging the monkeys...it seems as you might have had some attachment to them...no...not as opposed creation:-) I mean an emotional feeling..it shows in your images in the eyes of the subjects...well done.

Congratulations on your 200th post. I had to laugh about the dog flattening your subjects as I know dogs all to well. Great shot of the monkeys. Keep em coming.

Hello James, this is an excellent shot. The expression on the monkey is wonderful with the worried look because of the snow. The sharpness and details is awesome, I imagine the original is awesome. Congrats on your 200th post. tfs Rgds Necip

Hello James,
My heartiest congratulation on the 200th posting, my sincere thanks for the wonderful nature photos from the world that you had sharing with us from the past! will see hundreds more coming from your excellent contribution!
awesome posting of this posting in total sharpness, wonderful colour and details
best regards, James!

Hello James
Congratulations on you 200th Post and yet again you present a totally different scene..Your work is so varied and an inspiration to travel!!....This image is outstanding camera work showing a thoughtful scene between the mother and her young..perfectly focussed and exposed in what are difficult conditions with snow and shade!..Great note as well and I totally concur with your macro problems..My best friend Colin the Mongrel also takes it all as fun and a game..And Rightly so I say!!
All the Best

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-28 11:25]

Hi James

Congratulations on this milestone. This is a cracking shot. Perfect exposure, sharp details and a lovely touching scene. First class work



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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-28 12:16]

Hello James, that's a great 200th post ! You could certainly do the cover of National Geographic with this one, great subject, perfect exposure (not very easy!) and great sharpness. the composition is very well done too, thanks !


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-01-28 12:18]

Hi James
This is very beautifull composition
very good sharp and detail
very nice color of monkeys
well done

hello James

First, congratulations on your 200th post

then, i am laughing, i am laughing because i can not imagine
monkeys and snow, and today i am learnng that there is that their
is snow monkeys, Japanese macaques of Japan (i went to the web), thanks to you and too TN,

lovely shot with a great desnity on the images, excellent contrast,
excellent details of the monkeys,
thanks again to sharng this image

p.s. i agree with Mario
« You could certainly do the cover of National Geographic »

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-28 18:39]

Hello James,
Congratulations on your two hundredth post, you are truly an intricate part of this wonderful site, your travels and notes are superb. Thank you for this outstanding image as well James.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-28 19:11]

Hi James, I am in awe too of many people on TN and I am in awe of your talent and your pictures as well, a lot! This is so beautiful, you captured a moment of tenderness. When I look at it, I can almost feel the first humans in caverns looking at snow. You managed to shoot those monkeys in something intimate, and the colour of their fur in the snow is touching. I am looking forward all these travels you are planning for us to see your pictures. Thank you!


Hey James.
Just a magic moment captured, and congrats on your 200th, this is a winner, superb detail, excellent framing, exposure is spot-on, just stunning all the best Cheers Rick :)

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-28 22:56]

Hello James,
Came home late tonight, so I'm just marking today
Congratulations for number 200 my friend


Hi James,
Excellent photo ,I like the snow framing
Well done

Hi James

Stunning capture of thse snow monkeys, they don't look cold at all.
Well frames with the snow -see you have learned.
Good sharpness and great exposure.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-29 9:27]

Hello James

CONGRATULATIONS ! on 200 posts.
Another wonderful post of these cute snow monkeys.I love the expressions on their faces.
Excellent focus and details.
The colours are well saturated.
I love the story this photo tells.


Wonderful scene of these monkeys in the snow James.
The faces are so intense. Nicely exposed.
Congrats on your 200th milestone and thank you for sharing your world travels here with your fine shots.

Hi James,
Congratulations with number 200. You know, I actually thought that you has passed this marker already a long time ago. You posted so many wonderful photos that I lost track.
This is a real beauty. Especially the look on the younster is very cute. I really like how the monkeys are framed by the thick layer of snow.

Hello James,
I think it is first time I see this combination!
Orginality well suited for celebrating #200, my congratulations!
This is a well balanced composition, but even more interesting is the expression in their eyes... They are about as happy for snow as I am!
Pablo -

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2008-01-31 2:06]

Hello James,
I share you sentiments about carrying equipment through the airports. Add to that all the camping gear for backpacking, and it's hellish. I'm also afraid that someday some security person will drop my camera on the floor. I'm jealous you get to travel so much. Wonderful photo of the snow monkeys. Superb exposure job. All the best,

Hi James

Happy 200th.
What ab great shot it really is.
So full of atmosphere and the title is like you have actually read the thoughts of that youngster.
The snowy frame really focusses your eyes on the main characters adn the colour contrasts are great.
Excellent photo and note, thanks for sharing it with us.



Well here is another one I missed. I do love your snow monkey shots. This one is spectacular. It couldn't be any better. I really like it them framed by the snow. Superb work. It just might be my favorite image of yours! I'll have to check out your gallery more carefully.

Evelynn : )

You have such a good memory. What was the first image that you dedicated to me? I feel badly that I can't recall it.

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