Japanese Macaque # 01

This is a sequence of 12 images | 12 x frames per second.  I selected only 4 images to illustrate the leap from the edge of the hot spring, to a landing in the middle of the spring.  The monkeys of the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park in Japan is famous for one big reason, this is the only troop of monkeys in the world known to bathe in hot springs.

ISO-400, 1/1600sec at f/4. Nikon D4, Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 lens, no flash

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    Thank you Kevin.

    I was very surprised by the number of photographers and groups accompanied by photographers like Greg Du Toit, amongst many other well-known photographers from around the globe. The local people with their cellphones was a real problem for all of us, no matter the time of day. You fight your way to the front and once you are there, you pretty much had to stay there for as long as possible. The jumping took place more or less from the same side and I would have loved to move into a better position to capture more of the eyes from a different angle. The steam from the hot water was also a great challenge for me. Photos to give you a better idea.




  • This particular one is my favourite of the four, purely because of the tension created by the negative space to the right and the body language of the subject.

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