Photo Essay

Tunnel Vision Through A Lens Hood

Tunnel vision through a lens hood

When I began this series I had no idea what I would shoot for the tunnel vision challenge...and then it hit me...I love bird photography and why not experiment with shooting through a lens hood propped on a tripod to create a tunnel effect around the birds.

I have shot many bird pictures through our window but had never used a lens hood apart from the camera this was new for me. Some pictures turned out and some did not. The tricky part was to get the birds to stay long enough in one spot to pose in that circular confinement produced by the lens hood.

I mostly used flash to create a soft effect of a ring around the bird and was pleased that the hood deflected the flash so that it did not glare on the window.....I normally do not use flash through the window, but it seemed to work when shooting through the lens hood with manual focus.

I probably never would have thought of using a lens hood off from the camera if the tunnel theme wasn't offered to us .. I am thankful for the challenges and themes that allow us to explore a different way of doing things and it was fun.

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12 responses

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (19 Feb 2014):

    Very creative idea and wonderful photos Andrea! Voted!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (19 Feb 2014):

    VOTED!! A work well done and something to be proud of. (esp. considering the weather conditions)

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (19 Feb 2014):

    Thank you Donna for nominating this photo essay..I am honored and appreciate it from a creative photographer such as yourself
    I so admire your work....Yes, Donald the weather conditions are really something this winter...Tomorrow we are under a winter storm warning blizzard predicting a foot of snow for Thursday and Friday. Think of us tunneling our way out! :) Thank you both for your comments and your votes.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (20 Feb 2014):

    A beautiful and very creatively photographed series, Andrea! What a delightful view of wild birds in their element. Voted!

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (20 Feb 2014):


  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (20 Feb 2014):

    I truly loved this series.....a fantastic, creative idea, which turned out perfectly. Definitely gets my vote!!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (20 Feb 2014):

    Fantastic series. Wonderful essay. Gets my votes.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (20 Feb 2014):

    I love your tunnel effects with the lens hood, very creative!!! Voted : )

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (21 Feb 2014):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (22 Feb 2014):

    So creative!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (23 Feb 2014):

    as usual lovely and creative ....Entry... Vote Andrea!!!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (24 Mar 2014):

    So beautiful, Andrea! Congrats!!! xox

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