The alpha
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Of all the different primate species Mogens has photographed, the mandrill has proved the most difficult to reach, preferring to hide in tropical forests in remote parts of Central Africa.

This made the experience of sitting next to this impressive alpha, as he observed his troop above, even more special. When a male becomes alpha, he undergoes physical changes that accompany a rise in testosterone levels, and this results in the colours on his snout becoming much brighter. With the loss of status, the colours fade. Mogens used a flash to enhance the vivid colours and textures against the dark forest background.

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    Mogens Trolle

    Denmark

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    • Canon EOS-1DX
    • 400mm f2.8 lens
    • 1/250 sec at f4.0  •   ISO 400  •   Canon Speedlite 580EX II flash
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