Peter Elliston  

Alpacas by Peter Elliston

March 2020 - Alpacas

About the Image(s)

Taking images of animals has never been my interest and I am neither patient enough or good enough to do it well. But my club has a competition coming up with the very broad title of Nature which can include animals and or plants - captive, domesticated or wild. Pretty broad subject and no rigid rules about altering images. So here’s my effort.

These alpacas were at a local country show. There were loads of them all strutting around and hissing and spitting. Hard to get any without showing their harnesses or tags in their ears. This group may not be all it seems, so I wonder if you can spot it?

Taken on my Fuji XT1 1/125 f4 ISO200

8 comments posted

Dick Perkins   Dick Perkins
Really enjoyable subject. They are usually the most docile of creatures, so getting one with action was a nice catch. I found it a busy scene and tried to simplify it by isolating the main three. Here's a rough example. But hardly necessary.   Posted: 03/04/2020 08:15:28
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Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Thanks for that. Interesting to see what you did to it. I find they tend to look as if they are floating against the blue background so would probably substitute that for some leaves or other greenery if I go down that road.   Posted: 03/10/2020 12:09:03

Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
Is this a composite? Was the alpaca with its mouth open added?
If so, I wonder how it would look without it (I find it a little distracting). Does your club allow "hand of man" in nature competitions? If not, watch out for the harness on the alpaca in the uper right.
  Posted: 03/06/2020 16:32:17
Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Yes, you are right. This is a composite with the little alpaca added. On his own he was just opening his moth but I though put with the others it could look as if here was a youngster the grownups had to teach some manners to. This competition in pour club is pretty relaxed on alterations on this occasion but I suspect the judge will have different views. I will not be entering this in international Nature competitions as it clearly breaks all the rules!   Posted: 03/10/2020 12:07:47

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
Good eye, Sheldon! There is also a trace of a metal fence behind the critters. I spent four days at a B&B in VT which was an alpaca farm. There were dozens of them running all around. Each morning there was a parade going by our window! (see attachment) The original image looks a little soft - probably due to the complaining alpaca's movement:) I like what Dick did by eliminating the partial alpaca. Lucky you to shoot three of them with different colored coats - eliminating blending.   Posted: 03/06/2020 18:39:56
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Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Thanks Joe. As you will see from my reply to Sheldon, this is a composite. The softness of the coats is a bit of a problem but the eyes are sharp. It's pretty difficult to sharpen up an alpaca's fuzzy coat without it looking strange. Interesting to see that none of you running alpacas have harnesses as they seem to do over here.   Posted: 03/10/2020 12:11:19

John Hackett   John Hackett
This has to be labelled cute. I like it, I find alpacas such a relaxing creature, they have that laid back attitude, but I believe they can be used as a guard for other animals, such as sheep. I like the way you have added the young one with attitude, the adults all portraying calm.   Posted: 03/13/2020 05:56:42

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
A good composite. I like Dick's version with the blue sky. Otherwise, it is a very busy photo.   Posted: 03/15/2020 09:29:32


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