Mandrill (Red Nose Day) - Duisburg, Germany – Wolf Ademeit
I find mandrills to be some of the most fascinating great apes. Ok this one is pretty spectacular also CLICK HERE. Wolf captures this one beautifully in his intimate portrait at the Duisburg zoo. His stare seems to penetrate the computer screen. Please read Wolf’s story below and then check out his spectacular black and white images on his website here at www.wollfademeit.de
I did this photo as a part of my ANIMALS PORTRAITS series. All these images are square, show full size animal face and they are Black and White! But in this case I did break the rule, because this red Mandrill nose is such an important part of this portrait. It’s not so easy to capture those portraits. You need perfect light (I don’t use a flash), a perfect position and a Mandrill who looks straight into the camera.
At this day the sky was very cloudy and the light was low but smooth. I choose a position with the sun at my back, because for this portrait I needed the face with equal shadows. The problem is the Mandrill must raise his head a little bit to the light. Otherwise his eyes are only two black holes. If you work with human model it is no problem, you can tell them to move into the light or look straight into the camera and raise their head up a little bit, but if you work with an animal you need a lot of luck to have all this come together. The easy thing is to release the button at the right time…
For this shot I spent a lot of hours waiting. During this day I just tested a Sony SLT-A55V that I bought as a light traveling, alternative camera. Normal I used a Sony A900 body all the time.
420mm / ISO 1600 / f 6,3
Sony SLT-A55V / Sigma 50/500 / Monopod
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