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Snow Monkey - Japanese Macaque

Snow Monkey - Japanese Macaque
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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
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Intimate Portraits, Joe's Favourites 1, Angelina's Favorites - Part I, Wildlife of Japan, Reflections, TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-22 9:38
Viewed: 11584
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this shot a few days ago at the famous Kanbayashi Onsen (onsen = hot spring). It was bitterly cold and snowing.

The Japanese Macaque is diurnal and spends most of its time in forests. It lives in a variety of forest-types, including subtropical to subalpine, deciduous, broadleaf and evergreen forests, below 1500 m. It feeds on seeds, roots, buds, fruit, invertebrates, berries, leaves, birds eggs, fungi, bark and cereals. It has a body length ranging from 79 to 95 cm, with a tail length of approximately 10 cm. Males weigh from 10 to 14 kg, females, around 5.5 kg.

The Japanese Macaque is the most northerly-living non-human primate, living in mountainous areas of Honshū, Japan. It survives winter temperatures below -15 °C (5° F), and is perhaps most famous for the amount of time it spends relaxing in naturally heated volcanic hot springs - in fact only this troop does this.

The Japanese Macaque lives in troops 20-100 individuals in size usually subdivided into matrilineal groups consisting of many females and several males. On average, females outnumber males by 3 to 1. The females have a rigid hierarchy with infants inheriting their mother's rank. The males tend to be transient within the troop.

Females will copulate with an average of ten males during the mating season, though only about one third of the mountings will lead to ejaculation. Though pregnancies only occur during the mating season, heterosexual relations go on year-round. After a gestation period of 173 days, females bear only one baby, which weighs about 500 g at birth. This macaque has an average lifespan of 30 years.

Same-sex relations are frequent, rates however vary between troops. Females will form consortships characterized by affectionate, social and sexual activities. In some troops up to one quarter of the females will form such bonds, which will vary in duration from a few days to a few weeks. Often, strong and lasting friendships will result from such pairings.

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That is almost if not National Geographic work..since we have a photographer here somewhere who works for them or freelances perhaps, he might pop in some times...It is a editorial nature shot in perfect composure and composition..Well done James..

hello dear friend James,
welcome again to your home and TN. Exaxctly one month later, nice to see one of your great captures. This is famous Japanese Macaque which bathing in hot water under snow. Your capture great, timing also perfect and so you could capture lovely looking on its face. Reflection and POV great as like composition and focus. Great work. Thanks for sharing and thanks also your message.

Hi James,
This really makes me smile and chuckle. What a fine humorous Macaque portrait! The focus, color, comp. are all super. Great reflection. Almost looks like the the monkey's frozen in ice.
Well done. What's next! TFS

Hello James
Having read Bobs Critique I have to totally agree...Theres little need to say anything on this and just congratulate you and thank you for sharing this fantastic capture...This is one that I will add to my favourites and show to my friends.
Best Regards

Hello James, its good to see you're still with us. A very shap shot wtih good focus and nice shallow dof, with a nice clean reflection. The particles of snow on its fur adds further interest. A nice close composition. tfs Rgds Necip

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-22 10:34]
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Hi James,
wow...what an amazing shot. The detail and focus are obviously top notch, but the reflection and facial expression...classic. Superb shot, one for my faves, thanks!

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-01-22 11:02]

Fantastic capture!
Interesting scene and wonderful photo!

Hi James
A hardy species of Macaque you captured. I like how you captued his whole reflection in the water. Nicely composed. The soft lighting creates and cool mood. Interesting note.
TFS Janice

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-22 11:40]

Hello James,
Good to see your first photos of your trip. Amazing photo of this Macaque. Great sharp focus, colours, POV, composition and reflection.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-22 11:52]

Well hello James good to see you back hope you had a good time. and a late happy new year to you. Whata fantastic shot of the Monkey.fantastic detail and colours. just love the look in his face. nice refection too.
well done TFS.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-01-22 12:23]

Bonjour James
Très belle prise, excellente netteté, couleurs et lumière. Magnifique!
Amicalement Robi

nice relaxing face, TFS Ori

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-22 13:32]
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How can he wade through ice-cold water while it's snowing?!?!
This is proffesional standard work James!
The composition, POV, eye-contact, attention to detail, exposure... everything is just perfect!
Straight into my favourites.
Exceptionally well done,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-01-22 13:39]

Hi James

What a splendid and actually moody shot!
If it's relaxing for me to watch it, i can only imagine how good he feel :))
Very good close-up on his head and reflection. Ilike the look on his face, the snowy fur and the little steam emerging from the water. Very neat and sharp and with an excellent ude of the shallow DOF.
Superb work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-22 14:05]

Hola amigo,
precioso trabajo,
buen retrato y reflejo...

Extraordinary image, James.
Very good compo.
Excellent water reflection...
Well done

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-22 14:41]

Hello James
Beautiful portrait.Excellent POV and very sharp image.Incredible details and lovely light .I like the reflextion of your subject in the water.
TFS Michel

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-22 15:08]

Hello James,
Beautiful presentation of this very cold Nippon Macaque
he looks like he's enjoying himself.. and with that cold
that is a great place to spend the day.. Well done


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-22 17:29]

Hello James,
Amazing capture, I'm not sure my words can convey what an outstanding image I think this is, so all I'll say is Magnificent James. Thank you and welcome back.

You're back!! Yippee! I hope your trip was great. I've been out touch for a short while... really busy on a photography project I'm to present at the university. I had a LOT to learn and still have some snags to work out.

This is just a super image James. Looks perfect to me. ...the sharpness, the color, the reflection, the snow, the expression... wow. S/he looks really cold.

Evelynn : )

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-01-22 21:27]

Hi James!

For a second I was afraid I'm looking at a mirror... Sometimes, when I go to the mountains in winter, my head is white of frost and snow, too. But the difference between that nice gentleman and me is that he has much more hair than me...

Great and impressive picture with a fantastic mirror effect!

Kind regards


terrific shot.
Subject, pose, composition are all excellent.

Hi James,
Excellent compo with the miror reflexion,sharp details.
This is a place where I would like to go but I really don't like the cold!
Kind regards

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-23 1:49]

Hi James,
Slow down a bit! It's not fair to post such lovely photos of great species from remarkable locations in such a short time. Yesterday the Hoiho from New Zealand and today the Japanese Macaque from Kanbayashi Onsen ... I'm feeling a bit jealous :o))
Above all, it's a beautiful photo. Well done and TFS

Hi James,
A beautiful capture of tis Japanese Macaque. Very well composed with excellent details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi James,
Have to agree with "eqshannon" on this one, definitely National Geographic quality just stunning, detail, composition, lighting, exposure, everything about this is just perfect, mate one to be proud of, all the best Cheers Rick :)

WOW! That's awesome!!! I thought the same thing Bob did...it's worthy of National Geographic...perfect detail, wonderfully presented with the reflection...just all around great! WOW!

Hi James,
This is an outstanding image!
It reminds me of that great movie called Baraka.
So good you were able to go there and photograph this very special moment.
The snow and expression creates a very special mood here.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

Hi James
Fantastic shot. Perfect techinically. Great moment, I like the mirror effect. One of the best portraits on TN
Very good job

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-23 8:13]

Hi James, what a surprise to know you are now in Japan photographing these adorable monkeys! The reflection in the water is fantastic. The more I look at your pictures here on TN, the more I realize how good some of you are, and how much I am learning. For example, this shot, the exposure is perfect, yet there is snow, shadows in the water and nice light on the fur of the animal. You cropped it pefectly too. Thank you!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-23 11:58]

Hi James.
Great shot of the cute monkey. Amazing scene in every aspect. Image of the animal as well as its reflection are superb. Excellent crop, brilliant reproduction of all details, wonderful 3D-effect and great colors. Bravo and TFS.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-24 6:38]

Hello James, what a wonderful portrait of this Macaque ! Great pose and attitude, very good sharpness, great reflections and a great overall quality. Thanks !


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-24 8:30]

Hello James

I agree wholeheartedly with Bob,this reminds me of a National Geographic series I saw many years ago.
This is absolutely beautiful,the reflections are amazing.
Razor sharp focus and wonderful detail.


Hello James!
As I see you last trip was ver succesful! Fantastic capture of this monkey! I like all: details, sharpness, POV, reflection... really perfect photo! :)
Best greetings,

Amazing image - fabulous. From the look in his eyes, he is pondering....perhaps a 'Haiku'? Or....maybe just peeing in the pool hard to know which and there's the strength of the image, ponderings.

Hello James,
Wonderful shot, this one reminded me of Steve Kaufman's pictures of the Macaque.


Your work is quite an inspiration. TFS Regards

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