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Japan, Nagano Prefecture, Jigokudani Monkey Park, Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata)

I created this image while co-leading my Japan Wildlife Photography Tour last March. The Japanese macaques are unafraid of people, as you can see from this close-up, wide-angle perspective. This particular macaque came right up to where I was standing at the edge of the hot pool and posed for me. I had never photographed a macaque before, but I am sure that it had seen more than its share of humans based on how busy the Jigokudani Monkey Park was with tourists.I don't think that it was as impressed with me as I was with it. I made this image using my Canon 5DmkIII and Canon 17-40mm f4 lens. I processed the RAW file using Aperture 3 and Photoshop CS6, plus Nik Software’s Color Efex 4‘s white balance filter.

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