Images are Where You Find Them: What is It? And Snow Monkey Slider Answers « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Images are Where You Find Them: What is It? And Snow Monkey Slider Answers

What’s Up?

After my ultra sound this morning I learned that I am good to go for green light laser surgery next Thursday, March 24. I spent the rest of the morning and all afternoon photographing displaying Brandt’s Cormorants, 777 images in all. What fun.

The Streak

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Price Reduced $2500

Japan In Winter IPT. February 9-24, 2017: $11,499 (was $13,999)/double occupancy.

Price Reduced $2,500 on 3-8-16!

Please e-mail for couple and IPT repeat customer discount information.

As I really, really want to make it back to Japan in winter one more time, I decided to lower the price of the world’s best Japan in Winter trip by $2,500. Yes my trip has three great leaders including the best bird photography instructor on the planet. That’s the guy who knows where to be when and why. And yes, it is now a bit more expensive than most. And yes, we stay at a fine hotel in Tokyo. And yes, we stay in a marvelous traditional hotel for our three nights at the Snow Monkey Park. And yes, we are perfectly located on Hokkaido, minutes from the premier Red-crowned Crane sanctuary and an easy drive to most of the other wondrous avian attractions. And yes, we enjoy home cooked breakfasts and dinners prepared by Shinobu, the wife of our local Japanese guide. She is an incredible chef. After three visits her meals are now traditional Japanese fine-tuned for the American palate. And yes, my tour is longer than the others, giving us many days with the cranes. I saw one trip with only two days of crane photography; what a bummer. End each day with a traditional onsen (hot springs mineral bath) to complete your immersion in Japanese culture.

Life is short. I hope that you can join me. Scroll down for details.


What is it? Hokkaido, Japan

What Is It?

What is the subject of the photograph? Was I in a plane? Was I in a spacecraft? (Remember, I did visit the Kennedy Space Center recently…) What focal length did I use?

Answers to Questions

In the Bliss… And Snow Monkey Business Image Questions blog post here, I asked the two questions below.

Easy Question and Answer

Why did I move the Shadow slider to +5? (Hint: take a look at the animated GIF below…)

The Shadow Slider was moved to +5 to open up the darker tones of the young Snow Monkey and to lighten the dark smudges upper right.

Hard Question and Answer

Why did I move the Highlight slider to +3?

The Highlight slider was moved to +3 to lighten the dark smudges upper right.

IPT Updates

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Consider joining me in Japan in February, 2017, for the world’s best Japan in Winter workshop. Click on the card to enjoy the spectacular larger version.

Japan In Winter IPT. February 9-24, 2017: $11,499 (was $13,999)/double occupancy.Limit 8/Openings: 5

Price Reduced $2,500 on 3-8-16!

All lodging including the Tokyo hotel on 9 FEB, all breakfasts & dinners, ground transport and transfers including bus to the monkey park hotel, and all entrance fees and in-country flights are included. Not included: international flights, all lunches–most are on the run, and alcoholic beverages.

Please e-mail for couple and IPT repeat customer discount information.

This trip is one day longer than the great 2014 trip to allow for more flexibility, more time with the cranes, and most importantly, more time for landscape photography. Hokkaido is gorgeous. You will enjoy tons of pre-trip planning and gear advice, in-the-field instruction and guidance, at-the-lodge Photoshop and image review sessions in addition to short introductory slide programs for each of the amazing locations. Skilled photographer Paul McKenzie handles the logistics and we enjoy the services of Japan’s best wildlife photography guide whom I affectionately call “Hokkaido Bear.” His network of local contacts and his knowledge of the weather, the area, and the birds is unparalleled and enables him to have us in the best location every day.


Amazing subjects. Beautiful settings. Nonstop action and unlimited opportunities. Join me.

The Logistics

Arrive Tokyo: 9 FEB 2017 the latest. 8 FEB is safer and gives you a day to get acclimated to the time change. Your hotel room for the night of the 9th is covered.

Bus Travel to Monkey Park Hotel: 10 FEB: A 1/2 DAY of monkey photography is likely depending on our travel time… This traditional hotel is first class all the way. Our stay includes three ten course Japanese dinners; these sumptuous meals will astound you and delight your taste buds. There are many traditional hot springs mineral baths (onsens) on site in this 150 year old hotel.

Full Day snow monkeys: FEB 11.

Full Day snow monkeys: FEB 12.

13 FEB: Full travel day to Hokkaido/arrive at our lodge in the late afternoon. The lodge is wonderful. All the rooms at the lodge have beds. Bring your warm pajamas. A local onsen (hot springs bath and tubs) is available for $5 each day before dinner–when you are cold, it is the best thing since sliced bread. The home-cooked Japanese styles meals at the lodge are to die for. What’s the best news? Only a small stand of woods separates us from the very best crane sanctuary. During one big snowstorm we were the only photo group to be able to get to Tsurui Ito; we had the whole place to ourselves in perfect conditions for crane photography!

FEB 14-23: Red-crowned Crane, raptors in flight, Whooper Swans, and scenic photography. Ural Owl possible. An overnight trip to Rausu for Steller’s Sea Eagle and White-tailed Eagle photography on the tourists boats is 100% dependent on the weather, road, and sea ice conditions. Only our trip offers complete flexibility in this area. It has saved us on more than once occasion. The cost of 2 eagle-boat trips is included. If the group would like to do more than two boat trips and we all agree, there will be an additional charge for the extra trip or trips. No matter the sea ice conditions, we will do two eagle boat trips (as long as we can make the drive to Rausu; it snows a lot up there). We have never been shut out.In 2016 there was no sea ice but our guide arranged for two amazingly productive boat trips.

Lodging notes: bring your long johns for sleeping in the lodge. At the Snow Monkey Park, and in Rausu, the hotel the rooms are Japanese-style. You sleep on comfortable mats on the floor. Wi-fi is available every day of the trip.

FEB 24. Fly back to Tokyo for transfer to your airport if you are flying home that night, or, to your hotel if you are overnighting. If you need to overnight, the cost of that room is on you.


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5 comments to Images are Where You Find Them: What is It? And Snow Monkey Slider Answers

  • avatar Tony Botelho

    Looks like frozen ice on top of cloth, or maybe fur? As for the lens It would be hard for me to guess you have many choices, and I didn’t read which ones you were taking to Japan. It could also be one of your long lenses, and you cropped in on one of your mega-pixel photos of the snow monkeys, or another animal.
    I hope all goes well on Thursday.

  • avatar Jake Levin

    That looks like ice to me. Maybe on someone’s windshield, or the surface of a river/pond? I’m thinking either a macro lens or the 100-400 zoom.

  • The photo is ice with air trapped in it making the abstract pattern. If you didn’t use a macro lens then maybe the 70-200 at 200mm.

  • avatar Vicki

    That’s the edge of the eye of a monkey and the fur adjacent to his eye.

  • avatar John Patton

    Hi Artie,

    Looks like ice. I would have used a macro lens. Hope all goes well with the surgery.