When I first visited Japan many years ago, you didn't see many snow monkey images, but over the last years this has increased considerably. That was one of the main reasons for me to experiment with off-camera flash to create a truly unique series of photographs of these animals that no one had ever seen before.
For this image I used a radio-controlled remote to trigger my flash, and I adjusted my setttings so that the flash would be the only light source.
Last year a series of images of snow monkeys where I used this lighting technique, won me the title Nature Photographer of the Year at the International Photography Awards (IPA) in the US. I am both proud and happy that all my efforts to create a unique look have paid off.
If you would like to join me on our next White & Wild Japan workshop to photograph snow monkeys, Japanese cranes, white-tailed eagles, whooper swans and the spectacular Stellar's sea eagles, please have a look on my website for more information: