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Challenge: Best of 2009 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM
Location: Cuzco, Peru
Date: Jul 9, 2009
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: Auto
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 19, 2010

I took this at Machu Pichu, while on a mission trip in Peru. I thought it worked well in Black and White, and I tried to utilize the law of thirds here. I also liked how the background helped balance the picture. The negatives of this picture in my opinion were the grass in front of the Alpaca's face and the darkness of the face in general.

Thanks to all for the comments! Not exactly the score I hoped for, but it is good to know what I can do to make the image better. Also, thank you to posthumous for including this in his fantasy art compilation and to sfalice for the critique.

Statistics
Place: 368 out of 445
Avg (all users): 5.1807
Avg (commenters): 6.1667
Avg (participants): 5.1959
Avg (non-participants): 5.1273
Views since voting: 738
Views during voting: 382
Votes: 249
Comments: 23
Favorites: 0


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01/30/2010 05:06:39 PM
GREETINGS FROM THE CRITIQUE CLUB

Aww, old "Pancho" has been supplanted by an alpaca! Pancho was the reigning beast when I visited that site some years ago.
:-))

Of course this is a fine picture and you have many accolades from the knowledgeable people on the site. It works well in black and white and the placement of the alpaca in the grass is wonderful. It describes the site perfectly.

If I were to nitpic, and that's what I'm here for, I would suggest cropping out some of the left side of the image. Say, remove the area including those 2 people to the left. That gives undivided attention to the stone house and makes a nice triangle to the animal and back up, keeping the viewer in the picture.

Glad you entered this fine image. I had a good time reviewing it and remembering a great time there when I visited.
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01/29/2010 05:43:48 PM
I like the unexpected angle and perspective.
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01/29/2010 04:34:28 PM
Woefully underappreciated. This is much better than the score indicates and I thank you for sharing it with us.
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01/29/2010 03:16:11 PM
Love all the angles and juxtapositions in this photo. For me, the grass brings the alpaca to life, almost as if he/she were rising from flames.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/28/2010 11:51:48 PM
really, really like this shot... but... and i'm sure i'm not the first to comment about this, it would be 3-4 times better with a crop of the left 1/3rd... (i'll vote as if it was :P)
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01/28/2010 06:38:17 PM
I'm hanging this in the Posthumous Fantasy Art Gallery.
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01/28/2010 04:18:52 PM
the sky looks weird here. The b/w conversion is more gray and flat. it is a very nice crop and composure though.
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01/28/2010 01:52:11 PM
Super angle. Feel part of the scene and this animal feeding here looks so natural yet we have town with people in background.
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01/28/2010 06:00:28 AM
a timeless scene - this could be taken today, last month, or one hundred years ago
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01/27/2010 01:18:07 AM
good comp and pov
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01/26/2010 10:08:57 PM
unique perspective , crop just a tad too tight. 7
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01/26/2010 07:04:52 PM
You gotta love that expression.
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01/26/2010 06:13:48 PM
Though reasonably well composed, I feel that the weeds/grains interfere with the subject. I like your B&W conversion and DOF.....5
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01/26/2010 02:37:09 PM
great composition
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01/25/2010 11:46:19 PM
I cannot tell you why, but this sticks with me.
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01/25/2010 09:21:09 PM
The composition is very creative. I'm not sure I would ever have thought to arrange the elements quite like this. But it works really well.
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01/25/2010 03:08:51 AM
the focus seems to be on the grass...
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01/24/2010 08:19:48 PM
what a rustic rural picture...I love it
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01/24/2010 07:32:24 PM
He's eating! This is a well composed shot. Very nice.
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01/23/2010 02:59:24 PM
Interesting composition, I'd rather that all the grass wasn't in front of the animal. It's interesting looking so I'd like to see more of it.
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01/23/2010 06:24:36 AM
Awesome....The landscape and life there is very well conveyed...
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01/23/2010 01:40:39 AM
nice comp.
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01/22/2010 06:32:31 AM
Interesting scene! He looks happy there just munching on the grass!

I'm not sure the B&W, or at least this B&W conversion, was the best choice here. All the details have kind of blended together in the greyness.
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