... Now that we've seen the good, here's the ... Ah ... We'll call it "work in progress" that is my on-the-back fiber shot.
I took the first of that series in September, and, while they made the Facebook page, they really came out lousy because that isn't enough regrowth to really show off.
The second of that series was taken last week. Still a work in progress, but it's improving. (I still like the shorn fleece shots better.) We'll go in ascending order of how happy I am with these photos (with apologies to the lovely girls whose fleeces grace the first half). All of these animals are coming two year olds unless otherwise noted.
First is Glacier Rock's Licorice. Licorice is a knockout true black female who is positively flawless in terms of conformation and type. Her head is amazing. However, her fleece poses a riddle: How does one do justice to a fleece when its greatest strength is its amazing hand? (For those not versed in the lingo, "hand" refers to how a fleece feels -- so, in other words, Licorice's fleece feels amazing.) Histograms are one way, but her histogram results aren't back yet. So, aside from that, the short answer is -- you don't.
What I thought we might be able to capture was the brightness of Licorice's fleece. I *think* we achieved that?
Black are tough. This is Red Ghost Elvira's FIFTH fleece. Like Licorice, she has the most fantastically soft hand -- not just "for a black," but for ANY alpaca (oh, and did I mention that this is number five? Yow). You can't really see hand in a photograph, though. For this gal, I can tell you her fiber stats: 19.8 AFD / 4.6 SD / 23.2% CV / 97.5% CF on her fourth shearing. Pretty good.
This is not black. I am profoundly disappointed in how this photo came out, because it does this animal NO justice whatsoever. This is Honey Bun. Honey Bun's fleece made me gasp when I opened it (I knew she was "elite," but it had not quite occurred to me just how "elite" she would be), but I managed to completely fail to capture it in a photograph. Next time! Her stats are in the last post.
Here is a boy. This is DN. DN is such a good boy that I can actually take photographs of his fleece without help, but they don't come out very good, because he is so incredibly dense that I would need a third hand to hold it open even a bit. I had help here, but it still sucks for two reasons: 1. The boys, unlike the girls, thought it would be fun to play out in the rain before herd health, so he was a bit "wilted" relative to his usual tight crimp, and; 2. This does no justice to his brightness. So, he'll stay on the list with cousin Honey Bun for "next time!" His awesome stats are also in the last post.
This is Kubota's fleece. I think we got the brightness, and we got some good crimp, but again -- boys were playing out in the rain, so this is really not as tight as he is on a good day. He is also nowhere near as cooperative as Dually Noted! Stats in the last post.
This fleece belongs to a boy that I haven't blogged about yet. His name is Peruvian Marshall. He is DN's new best buddy. All I will say is that this photo does not do an ounce of justice to this fleece. A. He is a boy, and as previously noted, they were playing outside and wilting, and B. His crimp is extremely high-frequency, which is difficult to capture in a photo. The fleece is the entire reason I bought this little dude, because he is still in the process of growing into himself, and the rest of him isn't really much to look at yet. Yet. (Getting there!) But oh, man, the fleece ..... Histogram pending on this one.
... Aaaand here are my favorite of the photographs, and yet, they still do not fully capture the awesomeness of this fleece. This belongs to Princess Leia. Remember that bright, but kind of disheveled, fleece in the last post? This is what it has turned into. Really, really awesome, just like the rest of her.
Okay, I ran out of time to post the greys. (Yes, our grey program has greys!) Next installment of "Fleece Photography!"
K writes this stuff, for some reason that has yet to become apparent.