Lessons Learned: Lens shadow

The following photos show “Louisa,” a good friend and fellow Project Noah spotter, photographing an Eastern Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) spotted in the woods along the path between the boardwalk and the observation tower at Huntley Meadows Park.


I shot the photos using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 superzoom camera. The shadow at the bottom of Photo 1 is called “lens shadow.” Lens shadow is caused when light from a camera’s built-in flash is partially blocked by the lens and/or lens hood. Photo 2 was cropped to eliminate the shadow.

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