Winter is an amazing season. Snow piled high, crisp cold air, blowing snow and the Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani did not disappoint. Jigokudani is located in a mountainous area in Central Japan in Nagano. Like clockwork, at 9am, Snow Monkeys descend from the protection of the forests and steep cliffs to begin their day. They return to their home in the forest at 4pm.
During the harsh environment in February, 2012 & 2013, I captured intimate images of snow monkeys. They groomed one another, foraged for food, and the social interaction between them was amazing, I couldn't believe how human-like they appeared, especially while preening. Their little fingers were perfect!
The Monkeys chased each other in and out of the hot springs, tossing one another in the snow and chillin out, huddling together for warmth and comfort. They loved to play and swim in the onsen. Typically, in the wild, they feed on seeds, buds, fruits, berries, leaves and bark, sleeping in trees.
Little Snow Monkey's, I will be returning in January, 2015! I can't wait to see your snowy faces again.
WINTER PHOTOGRAPHY HORSE SHOOT, THE HIDEOUT RANCH, 2014
Join Carien Schippers and I for an amazing Winter workshop. This is a great opportunity to build your stock photos photographing horses in the snow. Imagine horses stampeding through the snow on a spralling ranch wth snow-covered mountains and spectacular red cliffs as a backdrop.
The Hideout Ranch is on 30,000 acres in Shell, Wyoming, located at the base of the Bighorn Mountains. The main lodge is surrounded by guest cabins.
Spend five days, with two shoots each day, in snowy conditions, with cowboys working the horses in groups and individually. There will be a variety of horses; paints, appaloosas, palominos, duns, sorrels, roans, grays and mustangs. Opportunities will be provided to photograph model released cowboys in a variety of conditions and the tack and saddle room will be available for a variety of detail work.
You will be treated to the best food cooked by an amazing chief, the food does not disappoint! Each evening relax in your cozy cabin decorated with a touch of the west, on your cabin porch, play a game of pool and/or sit next to the fire and share images with one another.
This is a unique opportunity to photograph horses in a range of situations with a very small group of photographers - a maximum of 10 participants will be allowed at this workshop. This workshop will be cancelled and money refunded if our minimums are not met.
Dates: Sunday, February 9th - Saturday, February 15, 2014.
Fee: $3,195 with a deposit of $750.00 will hold your spot, the balance is due December 1st. A refund of full payment, less $150 handling fee if you need to cancel and your space is filled. Single supplement is $200
Workshop fee includes workshop/lodging/food/transport to and from Cody airport.
Learn more about the ranch: http://www.thehideout.com
For more information and to register: http://events.equinephotographers.net/howy14/
THE WHITE HORSES OF THE CAMARGUE - Photo Workshop
Pounding towards you, powerful & spirited, the muscular White Horses of the Camargue. They can only be found in the wetlands & salt marsches in Southern France. Grab your waders & slog through the marsches with us, bringing home unforgetable images.
Have you dreamed of photographing horses running, horses in water, and horses at liberty? Shoots include: horses in the sea, horses running through the marsh, horses running on the beach, portraits of mares and foals at liberty, stallions playing in the marsh, horses and bulls on a traditional ranch.
Stay at a small hotel in lovely historic seaside town of Sainte Maries de la Mer with breakfast is included. Lunches, dinners, international airfare, and transportation from Marseilles to Sainte Maries de la Mer is not included.
This workshop has the most shoots and lowest price for a trip to photograph the horses of the Camargue.
Dates: May 5-10, 2014 Camargue, France with five full days of shooting and in the field instruction by Judi Hagen and Carol Walker, author of Horse Photography: The Dynamic Guide for Horse Lovers
Cost: $3,300 for double occupancy, $200 single supplement
Deposit: $1,500 to sign up and reserve your place, non-refundable
Maximum participants: 10 http://www.horsephotographyworkshops.com/camargue-2014-workshop
Judi Hagen is a wildlife photographer living in the Pacific Northwest. Her love of wildlife, patience and skill combined has captured the interaction of animals, creating stunning images.
Contact Judi at firstname.lastname@example.org, 425.442.8408.
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