Podcast 279 : Snow Monkey and Hokkaido Tour 2011 # 1

From February 13 to 24, 2011, I held my fourth Winter Wonderland Workshop, and took thirteen avid photographers to shoot the Snow Monkeys in Nagano for three days, then joined by one more participant in Hokkaido, we had fourteen participants with us for a further nine days, photographing the amazing...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Alan
    Posted at 12:25h, 05 November Reply

    Hi, Martin,

    Impressive website and great photos.
    I am interested in going to shoot snow monkey this winter, few questions would like to ask you:
    1. what is the better time to visit if i like to have plenty of snow on the ground? Will Christmas time be too early to see enough snow?
    2. Is 300mm lens enough for the shoot? or what would you recommend?

    Thank you so much in advance


  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 14:12h, 05 November Reply

    Hi Alan,

    Thanks for the kind words.

    1. Christmas may be too early, but it depends. We’re having a relatively warm fall, so it’s hard to say. I take my tours there in late January and February, because we usually have more snow then.

    2. 300mm is way too long for most of what you’ll do here. It’s nice to have a 300mm with you for long shots, but as you can see from the photos above, you are literally right next to the monkeys. I usually shoot with an 85mm and 70-200mm most of the time.


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