Hey dude. What’s up?

A white lama up close and personal

Hey dude. What’s up?
September 18, 2011 Johan Peijnenburg
In Photography
A white llama up close and personal (Johan Peijnenburg)
200mm – f/8 – 1/250 – ISO100

I know, I know … this has nothing whatsoever to do with alpine nature and landscape photography. Couldn’t resist posting so bare with me.

I ran into this fellow when I was more or less wasting my time trying to get a few decent shots under the wrong circumstances (disappointing scenery, overcast, rainy, bad light, wind and lack of decent coffee). He was behind a high hedge and could only barely stick his head above it to see what I was up to. To be honest, I am not sure if I was only making him nervous or whether he was sincerely interested or just making fun of me. At some point he anxiously started to try to really grab my attention by making funny noises and moves (the average rapper would have been jealous) … like he was saying “hey dude, what’s up. Why are you bothering with these landscape shots if you got me?” … He was right! So, while he continued with making funny noises and moves, I switched lenses. When I was ready, I aimed the lens at him … he instantly stopped what he was doing and posed … click.

Yet another confirmation of the fact that it is always worthwhile to go out shooting. One image can make the day! I will most certainly not easily forget this one. It will forever make me smile 🙂

Comments (32)

  1. Joanna Pechmann 8 years ago

    You made my day with this fellow, so funny…great capture :))))))))

    • Author

      Good to hear! Pitty my garden is too small. Otherwise I would have taken him home 🙂

  2. Melanie Kintz 8 years ago


  3. Sigrid Sieber 8 years ago

    Nice story, Johan. What a luck that he didn`t spit at you. He must have liked you :))

    • Author

      Tnx! That’s why I switched lenses Sigrid. 200mm gave enough distance 🙂

  4. drops . 8 years ago

    Ahhh llama’s are so cute…and arrogant & bad tempered…bust most of all cute 😉

  5. Kiki Nelson 8 years ago

    Awwww give us a kiss!

  6. maru clavier 8 years ago

    …and a nice anecdote.

  7. Author

    Thanks Maru!

  8. Nice 🙂

  9. shane holsclaw 8 years ago

    hehehe – love the story and the shot.

  10. Herbert Kosin 8 years ago


  11. Author

    Thanks Shane and Herbert!

  12. Athena Carey 8 years ago

    I hope he did not spit! 🙂

  13. viviane godenne 8 years ago

    Superbe photo !
    Oui en photographie souvent on est surpris et les plus jolies photos sont souvent celle d’un hasard !!

  14. Sumit Sen 8 years ago

    That is a beauty!

  15. Author

    Merci Viviane! Thanks Sumit !

  16. Robert Skreiner 8 years ago

    Simply great!

  17. Dave Pattinson 8 years ago

    Great capture!!! Very funny!!!!

  18. Sarah Levy 8 years ago

    Love this!

  19. Amir Masoudi 8 years ago

    Yeah most of the time there is at least one image to make all the trouble worthwhile

  20. Ada M 8 years ago

    This is superb! Makes you wanna kiss the screen :)) I love it!!!

  21. Barbara Stumm 7 years ago

    A serious case of underbite… cute thing.

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