Photo of the week: Cow tongue, or, why you need a lens hood…

by Klaus on April 21, 2011

in Photo of the Week

It’s time for another Photo of the Week and this time I’m going to show one reason why it’s a good idea to always use a lens hood on your lens for extra protection…

This was shot with a wide angle, Tokina 12-24mm, a really great lens for the price, I think.

And yes, the cow licked my lens hood. It wouldn’t have been the end of the world had it licked the front of my lens since I usually carry my lenses with a Neutral Clear filter installed, but it’s a lot easier to wipe off the lens hood than the glass :)

ISO 1600, f/4, 1/350, 12mm

Here’s another cow shot, also with the Tokina 12-24mm wide angle, so I was really close to the cows here.

ISO 2200, f/4, 1/250, 12mm

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Christopher@Technology Bloggers April 21, 2011 at 18:25

I love the one with it’s tongue out! Great shot ;-)
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Neal Morgan April 22, 2011 at 11:06

yuk! man you must of been close, close enough to smell it’s breath, lucky it didn’t steam your lens up. Nice shot and imaginatively captured.
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James Moralde April 23, 2011 at 07:04

I thought a lens hood’s purpose is solely to keep flare light out. Turns out there are other uses for it. :) It’s also for keeping non camera shy cow’s tongues off the lens. At such high ISOs, your lens is cool in that it didn’t show much noise at all. Nice pictures Klaus.
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Delena Silverfox April 29, 2011 at 04:04

This is hilarious, and such a beautiful shot! Non-camera-shy cow spit or not, it looks fine from here. =)

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Joe Le Merou April 29, 2011 at 17:48

Great shot !
We never think about this when we’re talking about protecting our gear :D
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Shane Ryans May 2, 2011 at 19:08

Nice shot I love it.
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