There is a general rule of thumb when it comes to photographing animals -- focus on the eyes. The eyes are usually the first part of your subject that a viewer will look at, and having the eyes in focus makes it a much better picture.
This was something I did not know when I took my picture of Gargantua last year. In that picture, the nose is in focus, but the eyes aren't. Had I put the eyes in focus (something I didn't know how to do then), it would have been a much nicer photo.
However, like all rules, sometimes it pays to break them. In this photo, the eyes are also out of focus. I'd like to say that I did it purposely, but I didn't -- it was an accident that the picture came out as it did.
Personally, I like this photo in that the teeth are in focus but the eyes are not. It gives you a different view of the llama than what you are used to seeing.
But that's just my opinion. What do you think?
As always, comments, criticisms and critiques are welcome and appreciated.
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