Sunday, May 01, 2011

Kids, Llamas, Alpacas, and Dogs

I had a fun day today, with a 4H meeting first thing in the morning. We had it at one of our 4H family's farms, where they have alpacas. Because they recently got in a group of young alpacas they were trying to place in good 4H homes, we got to see kids working with a variety of young animals that were new to all this, which of course made for an interesting morning!


Some were resistant to this 'jumping over stuff' idea...

Some did not like the idea of walking on strange surfaces...

And some of them just plain didn't want to cooperate - even though this llama in particular had years of experience!

Some kids were having much better luck with the obstacles.


Practice and persistence pays off! These kids have a show coming up, so hopefully this little refresher got their animals in the mood to cooperate next weekend!

I took my new camera to the 4H meeting, along with my longest zoom lens (200mm) because that gave me a lot of reach. I was wandering around the field where we were working, and if I saw anything interesting about to happen, I was always close enough to zoom in and get it. Another thing I like about this camera is it takes multiple pictures in quick succession without having to go into a special mode. That definitely helped me get the shot I was looking for more than once.

At home I put one of my shorter lenses (the 28-80) on for taking pictures in the yard with the dogs, because they were seldom more than an arms-length away.

I love this shot of Barclay, but because I was zoomed in, the depth of field is shallow - the result being his nose is in focus, but his eyes are soft! I'd rather have it the other way around! The best solution would have been less zoom, and move closer - but he moves around so much I had to snap it when I could - oh well! So close...

A little bone-chewing action - with the green grass and blue sky.

Then Navi took the bone. I love the way they chew on bones, they're so concentrated like nothing else exists.

I was so glad I got this shot of Navi! She is such a goofball, but sometimes she'll hear something and just STOP with this rediculously serious look on her face! She looks so concerned!

 Jack

 I tried to finish off with a nice portrait of Barclay and Navi sitting in the dandelions, but before I could hit the shutter Navi had to sproing away to go do something else! Well, actually, that pretty much captures their personality perfectly!

By the time I was done I'd shot about 150 pictures today. Thank God for digital cameras! This explains why I couldn't get into photography as a kid when all we had was film!

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2 comments:

heather said...

Fantastic photos ! I especially like the photos of the dogs when you were down at their level.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Your photography has really improved over the last year or two for sure. And it's not just the camera either. You have a real eye for composition, angles and camera settings now, too.

Those llamas and alpacas doing there avoidance antics must have made you laugh. They were making those kids work for it. lol!

~Lisa