I always look forward to my next photo trip – new places, new people, new experiences and of course, new challenges. I always try to envision what the photographic opportunities will be and how I will capture the shots that I want. One of the things I always use are images that I’ve done in the past that I’ve been happy with. I try to build upon that experience and formulate a plan to get even better material this time around. That process builds the anticipation for a great time to come. We are currently preparing for a winter trip to Japan to photograph the famed snow monkeys near Nagano (among other things). While the environment will be much different than my previous opportunities to capture monkey images, I’ve been reviewing past photos to inspire me for this particular trip. In particular, I’ve gone back to our India trip and looked through MANY photos to pick my favorites and to see what I like about them. A great example is this photo from the “Monkey Temple”, Swayambhunath, near Katmandu. It was taken in the afternoon so the light was getting good, this particular Macaque was playing amongst the idols, and I took numerous photos to get one that I really liked.
This has turned out to be one of favorite photos from that incredible trip to India and Nepal (to the extent that I have a large print of it hanging in my house). When I look at it, it invokes the place and time, the spiritual element of the idols, and the amazing gaze of the Macaque – almost like he is meditating or talking to his own spirits. If I can duplicate those type of feelings/thoughts with the adorable snow monkeys in Japan it will be a great trip! Hows that for optimism??
We went to see the new Disney movie “Monkey Kingdom” yesterday – a typically impressive piece of movie making with spectacular nature photography used to tell a story of a troupe of macaque monkeys in Sri Lanka. We haven’t been to Sri Lanka but the scenery, the towns and the wildlife all reminded us of our trip to India a few years ago. I thought I’d post this photo of a slightly different species of macaques in honor of this movie. These two little monkeys were sitting in a tree just outside the entrance to Bardia National Park in Nepal. The sun was just reaching them and kind of lit up their big expressive eyes.
As an aside, I’d like to invite you to visit my new photo galleries on my smug mug gallery site – the link is http://scottseyephotos.smugmug.com. I’m still adding to the galleries from my library of images but there’s plenty there to look through already. Hope you enjoy!
Thought I’d change up the photos a little and go back to some of the India and Nepal captures. This was one of my favorites that I hadn’t shared yet. This is from Bardia National Park in Nepal. We were waiting for the park to open one morning and were just wandering around just inside the park. I saw these two young Macaques sitting in a tree, tucked behind the leaves but with the light of the rising sun in their eyes. It was still pretty dim light but I was lucky to be able to get a few shots looking up between the branches. You gotta admit that these guys are cute!
Here’s another portrait from our trip. This one is from the famous Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath in Katmandu – also know as the monkey temple due to the large number of macaques that frequent this temple high on one of the city’s foothills. This little fellow was peeking out from among the golden statues which adorn a ring of prayer wheels in the center of the complex.