Lisa's Pick: Alpaca Farm


Eugene, OR

I recently visited Aragon Alpacas, an alpaca farm in Eugene, Oregon. There I found this lovely lady, who was as obliging as she was photogenic. Most of the alpacas on the farm were curious but liked to remain a safe distance from us humans, but not this sweetheart! She came right up to me and even sniffed (and drooled on) my camera. Thank goodness my camera is somewhat water resistant. She also made this happy face, which I thought was expressive of the alpacas' general sense of chill happiness. They were all really sweet and calm. Taking photos was quite easy, as the alpacas were used to a lot of visitors and tended to stay pretty still. The only thing that was challenging was not getting too many in frame, as that turned out to make for very busy photos. I was happy with this picture because the focus is on her eyes, which I think emphasizes her facial expression. Here are my settings:

Camera: Nikon D610

Lens: 50mm

Exposure: 1/640

ISO: 1000

Aperture: 5.6

White Balance: Auto

Look at her little smile! I'm a major animal person and I love wildlife photography, so this trip was great fun. I recommend making friends with some alpacas if you have the opportunity!