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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 EF 300mm f2.8 USM IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Wildlife of Japan, CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-18 1:04
Viewed: 5377
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I chose this shot taken a couple of years ago for two reasons;-

1. We have several inches of snow this morning - a very rare occurance for Cambridgeshire.

2. The Japanese Macaques were feature in the episode of 'Life' which aired on monday evening.

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, eggs, fungi, bark, cereals and in rare cases even fish. 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 lives in mountainous areas of Honshū, Japan. It survives winter temperatures below -15 C (5F), and is perhaps most notable for the amount of time it spends in naturally heated volcanic hot springs in Snow Monkey park located in Yamanouchi town, close to a historical Hot spring area named Shibu Onsen. In Life on Earth from 1979, David Attenborough notes that the monkeys (not the entire population) first moved into the volcanic area with the springs, "Only a few years ago."

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-18 1:16]

Hi James,
Excellent capture.POV,clear details,eye contact and expression on face is wonderful.Cery well done!
Thanks for posting..

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-12-18 2:02]

Hi James,

none of the white stuff here im afraid, you never know you might get a white christmas ;o) I saw the 'Life' programme too. Seems they have an even harsher class system than we do in the UK!
Love the eye contact here and of course the snowy setting is great. Good job on the exposure.
Have a great christmas and new year.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-18 2:05]

Hello James,
A fine shot of this snowy Macaque. The technical features are excellent and the light management just right.
We have snow here too now, but I guess that yours in Cambs. will disappear before ours!
Thanks and best regards,

Sorry I had to change my last image but thanks for your critique!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-18 2:29]

Hello James
Nice portrait...excellent work

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-18 5:10]

Hello James,
Several inches of snow in Cambs. must mean chaos - I have fond memories!! However, this lovely Japanese Macaque is well prepared with his thick coat and seems to love it! Snow here too that brigthens up the darkness. This close portrait is superb as are the others you've posted of these beautiful animals!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-18 5:30]

Very nice job dear James.

At a first moment I thought you used flash to fill, then I realised it was through the snow.

I can explain...we don have snow in our country and I don't know how does it work. We can see a soft and good light in it face and I`d like to say that you got an amazing picture MF.

You POV and composition are great too.

TFS and see you in TN.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-18 7:32]

What a pretty face!
Great details and colors.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-18 11:31]

Hi James nice to see you around. I hope all is well with you. I think the eye say it al for this fine close up of the Japanese Macaque. Its looking stight at you. Taken with fur detail and natural colours. not easy in the snow. Well taken TFS.

Have a good weekend.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-18 12:20]

Hello James,
Another fantastic photo from your 'Nagano' series. Very beautiful photo in superb natural colours. Excellent sharpness and details in a lovely composition. The direct eye contact is impressive.

hello James
very nice pose with good eyes contakt
great sharpness and beautiful colours
super !!
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-18 12:41]

Hello James.
Wonderful face. Fantastic eyes. Detail are great. Composition and DOF are excellent.
Thank you for sharing.
Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-18 13:52]

Hi James,impressive portrait not easy to find and take,you work at the best and the result is fantastic,colors and sharpness at the best in these terrible white background.My best compliments,have a nice weekend,Luciano

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-12-18 14:30]

Hi James,
Lovely portrait of this beautiful Japanese Macaque. I like the expression a lot. TFS
Have a nice weekend,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-12-18 16:14]

Hi James,

This reminds me of a little boy out playing in the snow perhaps making snowballs. The face is magnificent with a wonderful expression. The eyes are beautiful. I love the snow on his fur! I had the pleasure of seeig Macaques when I was in Japan but it was summer - no snow.


hello James,
splendid portrait, with very good photo output!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-19 4:44]

Hello James,
We remember well the other beautiful shots of this Japanese Macaques in the snow. I love the expression of this monkey, it really looked straight into the eyes of the photographer! I see that you live in Cambridgeshire. I studied one year in Cambridge (Wolfson College).
I wish you Merry Christmas
Kind regards

hello James

what a beautiful photo of the Japanese Macaques
with his lovely eye-contact with you, WOW !
i am with-out words, TFS


Hello James!
Nice to see you new (even if from archieve) picture. Lst two days were very snowny here in Lodz so it i a perfect timeng to show this photo (at least for me :>).
I like narrow composition and good details.
TFS and have a nice evening!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-12-23 4:53]
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Hi James

It is a great shot of this Japanese Macaque. Better eye contact than that you won't
easily find with any other animal than with a curious monkey. What did you do, pull
faces or was it your normal face that aroused his interest (chuckle)? I just love that
expression on the Macaque's red face. They say the eyes are the windows to the
soul which means we can see right into the soul of this guy. I don't know what we
are seeing in this case though, but we're surely can look deep into those gorgeous

It may be freezing cold there by you, but here in sunny Zululand we were sweating
away at 33C today.

Take care MF and TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-24 7:12]

Hi James.
How long time you was absent here. Now I am also not frequent visitor here. My best wishes in 2010 and Merry Christmas. And thanks for so impressive portrait of a cute creature. Great framing, exposure and details of the image and perfect reflection of the monkey mood. Bravo and TFS.

Really nice shot of this monkey. Good motion blur in the hand, which shoes the motion.
The background is just right. Not too dark, and not burnt out.

Well done!

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