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Huangshan Mountains

Wildlife in China and not a panda in sight

Once again,  shots from my China 1999 trip.   Whilst in the Huangshan Mountain region,  which I’ve featured in a couple of recent postings,  I had the opportunity to observe and photograph some wildlife at reasonably close range.    When I mentioned animal pictures recently,  I wonder how many readers thought…China…animals…Pandas!  Well sorry,  no pandas.

Today's photos feature snow monkeys,  more correctly macque monkeys.    For several years people have enticed the monkeys to come to the edge of a forest by scattering loose corn for them.

Looking at the images you'll notice babies being held close by larger snow monkeys.   It may seem natural to assume that the older monkey is the mother but in fact they are young males.    It seems that the adolescent males cling to the young ones as a type of security blanket.    If they're clutching a young one,  presumably they are less likely to be bullied by the larger adult males.

Young male holding baby macque monkey
Young male holding baby macque monkey

Do these guys above look familiar?   If you've stumbled onto my 404 page you may recognize them.  :-)

Macque monkeys, Huangshan Mountains, China
Macque monkeys, Huangshan Mountains, China
Macque monkey.
Macque monkey.
Snow monkey by stream, Huangshan Mountains, China
Snow monkey by stream, Huangshan Mountains, China

All images originally captured on colour negative film.

Huangshan Mountains, China

Whilst travelling through China during 1999,  I visited the Huangshan Mountains,  a region that has inspired artists,  poets and others for centuries with its rocky outcrops, forests and sometimes mysterious misty atmosphere.   Like so many before me,  I was drawn to the elements of rock formations,  forests and lighting.   All those elements are present in this image which was made whilst walking one of the many trails.   The image was captured late in the day hence the low angle light which can be seen coming in from the left.

Rocky outcrops, Huangshan Mountains

The image was originally captured handheld on 35mm colour negative film using a Pentax SF7 with 28-80 mm zoom lens.   Photoshop processing of the image involved contrast and minor colour saturation enhancements together with dodging and burning to bring out the sky toning and vignette the corners.    A localized contrast adjustment was made to the rock outcrop.

Ridgeline, Huangshan Mountains, China

Huangshan Mountains, China.

Whilst travelling through China during 1999,  I visited the Huangshan Mountains, a region which has inspired artists and poets for centuries with its scenery and often misty weather.    This image is a little different to most of the shots I took there,  in that it doesn't rely on fine detail, indeed the foreground is shown in silhouette.    Also the weather conditions were clear at the time,  which for this region can be rare.

I was drawn to this scene by the contrasts,  the dark silhouetted foreground vs the light sky background.  Also the different forms,  the sharp distinct form of the ridge and the trees along it compared to the wispy indistinct form of the clouds.

The image was originally captured handheld on 35mm colour negative film using a Pentax SF7 with 80-400 mm zoom lens.   Very little has been done to the image by way of digital enhancement.

Opinions may vary as to the relative weight given to dark values vs light values in the image and whether the image should be cropped,  either in camera at the time or in post processing,  to give greater emphasis to one over the other.  In this case the image is presented very much as it was composed in camera with a weighting roughly 2/3rds to 1/3rd,  light to dark.   To me personally,  this feels about right.