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Lovely Llama
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Published: September 24, 2010
Actually, it's a Guanaco (Lama guanicoe). Llamas are domesticated Guanacos and are not found in the wild. Picture taken at the Copenhagen Zoo. Snip from Wiki:

"The guanaco is native to the arid, mountainous regions of South America. Guanacos are found in the altiplano of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile and Argentina. In Chile and Argentina, they are more numerous in Patagonian regions, in places like the Torres del Paine National Park, and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. In these areas they have more robust populations, since there are limitations on grazing competition from livestock. Bolivian Indians have been known to raise guanacos to help them regain their population stability. A guanaco typical life span is 20 to 25 years."

See also this profile shot: 

Guanaco by KeldBach

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Shutter Speed
1/1000 second
Focal Length
420 mm
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Date Taken
Sep 23, 2010, 2:08:58 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Macintosh
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Featured in my journal today.
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Thank you so much, Sharon :hug:
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oh,how cute it is
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Thanks very much :)
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Huh! I didn't know llamas were the domesticated form of guanacos! I just thought llamas wandered around in the wild :XD: I guess it's kind of like the wolf/dog dichotomy... Thanks for sharing this information! Learn something new every day :giggle:
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You're welcome. Sure, we learn something new every day on dA :)
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Very nice and unusual portrait. :D
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Thanks very much. You have quite some nice stuff yourself :)
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Thank you.

The EXIF info here shows 420mm. Was this with 300mm and 1.4x TC? If so, which 300mm?
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Exactly. I use Nikon's 300mm f/4 and I'm quite happy with that one. Which lenses do you use?
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Yes. I have heard good things about 300mm f/4 and am contemplating getting one.

Currently I use Sigma 150-500mm for longer focal lengths. This was the only one I could afford. :)

Does fine job, when lighting is good. That deer picture was taken with Sigma 150-500 on my D300.

Other than this I have all other Nikkor's 12-24mm, 105mm VR, 18-200mm VR, 70-300mm VR, 60mm Micro AF-D etc.
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I think you're getting some excellent results with that Sigma lens. And so does Hopper [link] I wish I could afford a 500 or 600mm prime lens, but that's completely out of my reach.

The good thing about the 300mm is that I can shoot handheld down to a 1/250 sec. And that's probably due to its heavy weight since it doesn't have the VR system. The 420mm combination is amazingly sharp and detailed as long as I keep the aperture between f/8 and f/16, but the extender makes auto-focusing a bit slow.
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Thank you. I do watch him (ghopper) and adding you to my list. :)

Yes. I like 300mm for another reason (close-up/macro work). I will perhaps try it out soon.
Thanks for the feedback on 300mm f/4.
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You're most welcome. And thanks for the watch. I'll keep an eye on you too :)
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Such a pretty face!!!Looks like you had a great day at the zoo!
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I certainly had. Glad you like it :hug:
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what an eyelashes! :D
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hyhy but of course! :giggle: good she didn't use a lipstick :D
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what an adorable face. :love:
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