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Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido 2015 Tour #1 Part 1 (Podcast 459)

This week we start a two part series to walk through 24 photos from the first of my two Japan Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido winter wonderland wildlife tours for 2015. As you'll hear next week, the weather gave us some unique challenges on this tour, but as usual we had...

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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.
  • Bob Heathcote (@BobHeathcote)
    Posted at 01:48h, 10 February Reply

    Your comment on the 100-400 slow zoom action hit home in that before I got big primes I loved how easy it was the track and frame, especially for BIF with the old push pull version. I am sure the engineers knew what they were doing with the Mk I. I would love v2 push pull

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:52h, 10 February Reply

      I’m with you Bob. A lot of people hated the push/pull of the Mark I but I really liked it. Maybe with today’s cameras the “dust-pump” issue is real, but I didn’t really get that with my old cameras, when the 100-400mm was usable, before the resolution went up and made it soft.

      I have already started getting used to the zoom, so it’s all good, but definitely more clunky to use in fast-paced shooting.

  • Andy Bartlett
    Posted at 01:14h, 04 March Reply

    Wonderful pictures – especially like Frosty Morning Cranes, and Crane Flyover. All so fantastically high key. Do you have to be careful of snow blindness with a lot of staring at bright white?

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 20:06h, 06 March Reply

      Thanks Andy!
      Yes, sometimes we do need to wear sunglasses because it’s so bright it hurts your eyes.

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