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Eye to eye with an Alpaca, self portrait
 
 
Debbra L. Bailey
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    Dale, this is too funny and awesome! Love that you are so clearly in the eye :) Great exposure on the fur - great texture!

9/26/2012 12:38:28 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks Deb. The lady that ran the Alpaca,Llama, and Angora goat farm was very helpful. She let me in with all the animals and then held this one, so I could get the shot.

Here are a few more from that visit.

9/26/2012 1:14:54 PM

 
Stephen Shoff
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That is pretty good! This kind of shot could probably be taken with any animal with large corneas like this, but it seems like the contours of the various layers of fur shown here really contribute to the effect.

9/26/2012 2:38:35 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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Yup, very cool! Way to work your charm on the farmer. . . .

9/26/2012 3:33:22 PM

 
Anthony L. Mancuso
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Cool one Dale...it's crazy how clear the reflection from the beast's eye is..

9/26/2012 6:33:37 PM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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Very icel done, Dale. I have a friend who lives on a small ranch not far from here and Allison and I, along with my friend got to go see her friend.s llamas. 2wasa lot of fun but you had to watch your butt or they would all give you nudges where the sun idnt shine! They are wonderful animals.

9/26/2012 6:35:24 PM

 
Michael J. Kelly
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Very nice Dale! The detail of both the fur and reflection is wonderful. Different and well done.

9/26/2012 8:10:40 PM

 
Beth Spencer
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I guess she only has an eye for you!! Love the reflection, nice angle and a different shot. I also like the goat with the weird eyes. They have a lot of them in the fair and they always seem weird, I wonder if they see everything as horizontal and short...(just kidding)

9/26/2012 8:40:59 PM

 
Rita K. Connell
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awesome reflection....she knows good looking when she see's it!!!

I agree with beth I really like the goat one with the weird eyes even though it makes me alittle uncomfortable with those weird eyes the detail is very nice on him

9/26/2012 9:10:49 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks everyone. Had a really interesting time there. Mary, the owner, was super knowledgeable and gave me the entire history of the Llama's and Alpacas and how they evolved as a cottage industry in the North West.

All her animals are rescue animals from would be farmers that didn't have the knowledge and skill to care for them properly. If you'd like to learn more, here is link to farm.

www.paradisefoundfiber.com

9/26/2012 9:38:56 PM

 
Peter W. Marks
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So very creative Dale. I like this.

9/27/2012 7:02:14 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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thanks Peter. Have a feeling I' going to like my new macro lens.

9/27/2012 8:11:21 AM

 
Teresa H. Hunt
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I see you!! Very cool shot Dale. Great texture and DOF :)

Macro lenses are fun :)

9/27/2012 12:03:56 PM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
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Great diagonal comp. and square crop. Very neat shot! So did you pet them at all? I'm curious to know if they are soft! :~)

9/27/2012 3:28:57 PM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
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And I just love the attitude of image 1

9/27/2012 3:29:53 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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See Teresa, you should have stayed another day. :o)

Thanks Aimee and guess what? I didn't touch a single one. Too busy taking pix. And that "attitude" of number one was evident from the beginning. I was trying to get a "look at me" shot and they won't look at you. It's a defensive stance, not showing aggression.

The only way I managed the face on images was to use the long lens.

9/27/2012 4:41:39 PM

 
Teresa H. Hunt
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I so wish I could have stayed longer. You have no idea how hard it was for me to go home.

9/27/2012 5:49:44 PM

 
Nancy L. Green
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WOW!!!! AMAZING reflective image Dale!! <><

10/15/2012 8:24:57 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you Nancy. Had a peek at your wonderful gallery and was very impressed by the body of work. Your macros are great and the rest interesting and inspiring. Will be back.

10/15/2012 1:38:29 PM

 
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