Kiss me … or how to get your lens cleaned

A cow really close

Kiss me … or how to get your lens cleaned
November 2, 2011 Johan Peijnenburg
In Photography
Close up of a brown and white coloured Swiss cow ... through the lens it looked a lot further away then it actually was. (Johan Peijnenburg)
24mm – f/3.3 – 1/6000 – ISO400

Forgot about this one and just ran into it again. Couldn’t resist posting it here 🙂

Things seem to be further away, when you’re looking through a wide-angle lens. I forgot about that for a second and this lady came in a little bit closer than anticipated … and she actually kissed the lens! The lens I was using was my 14-24, so plenty of glass she could have cleaned.

I used a large aperture for this Swiss cow shot and focussed on the nose to only get that sharp.

Comments (131)

  1. Royce Howland 9 years ago

    I love the humor in this!

  2. Tnx Royce 🙂

  3. Derrick 9 years ago

    i love it

  4. Yasmin Simpson 8 years ago

    🙂 cute…

  5. Shawn McClure 8 years ago

    Hah! This is absolutely fantastic, Johan. Love it…

  6. Chrysta Rae 8 years ago

    omg i love her.

  7. Author

    Thanks Shawn, Yasmin and Alexandre 🙂
    @Chrysta: she made my heart go faster for a few seconds as well 😀

  8. Alexandre Romao 8 years ago

    Really good shot.

  9. Matt Payne 8 years ago

    Really like the detail on the nose there!

  10. Dave Flynn 8 years ago

    Lovely shot. I used to work with cattle, they are incredibly curious.

    • Author

      yeah they are. Apparently you have to be careful as well. They can come charging …

  11. Catu Dasa 8 years ago

    Nicely taken.

    • Author

      Thanks Catu !

      • Catu Dasa 8 years ago

        Cleaning the lens…ok. But the sensor…? Hmmm.

        • Author

          only if the wife only let’s you replace the camera once it no longer works 🙂

          • Catu Dasa 8 years ago

            Yes +Johan Peijnenburg . Only problem is that the wife will not pay for it. 🙂

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 8 years ago

            and even then she has a say 🙂 Life is so cruel 😉

  12. Здорово!!!

  13. Michael menefee 8 years ago

    Hah, very nice one. I always adore this angle for our bovine friends! ;-)))

  14. dene' miles 8 years ago

    Love this guy!

  15. Author

    Michael: me too. The f/3.3 helps as well 🙂
    Dene’: it’s a real lady 🙂

  16. mark waslick 8 years ago

    Ha nice one!

  17. Richard Murphy 8 years ago

    Lovely shot Johan

  18. What a lovely kisser…. 😀 Great shot +Johan Peijnenburg!

  19. Author

    Thanks Mark and Richard!

  20. dirk poxdoerfer 8 years ago

    Ich finde solche Bilder immer wieder klasse !

  21. Author

    Thank you Cicely 🙂
    Danke Dirk!

  22. Livi TeePot 8 years ago

    I adore this image! Great story to it too!

  23. Kevin Jobe 8 years ago

    Cows are cool. Great shot, Johan!

  24. Adam Allegro 8 years ago

    Wide angle goodness? Looks like some of the close up wide angle shots I have taken.

  25. Author
    Johan 8 years ago

    Thanks Livi and Kevin 🙂
    @Adam: looking forward to your wide-angle goodness!
    @Hope: I have a way with women of this caliber 😉

  26. Hope OHara 8 years ago

    smiling.. just wants to give you some loving.. cute capture

  27. Johan Swanepoel 8 years ago

    Lovely perspective Johan

  28. Piet Flour 8 years ago


  29. Beverley Aston 8 years ago

    Wonderful what a wide angle lens can produce – love it..:)

  30. Author

    Thanks Johan and Piet 🙂
    My favorite type of lenses Beverley. Thanks for the comment!

  31. Kirk Jordan 8 years ago

    A great whatever picture. I too, live through the wide angle.

    • Author

      Thanks! Gotta get the hang of it, but the results can be quite amazing!

  32. Sandra Parlow 8 years ago

    Oh I love this Johan!! It’s perfect!!!

  33. You might need a little message on your lens — “*Warning cows are closer than they appear*!” … ;oD
    I love cows and this one is particularly cute shot this way, Johan … I love the inquisitive appearance you captured. … :o)

  34. Laurent Coppée 8 years ago

    hahaha that’s a really cool shot Johan! The cow doesn’t seem to share you enthusiasm though 😀

  35. Nick Chill 8 years ago

    Love it!

  36. Author

    Thanks Sandra 🙂
    @Robin Griggs Wood: splendid idea 😀 The model did all the work in this case!

  37. Author
    Johan 8 years ago

    Laurent: Thanks! She was playing hard to get 😀 She’ll probably get worse when she finds out that she has been commented on so many times;-)
    Thanks Nick !

  38. Elisha Battles 8 years ago

    I am thinking she was thinking she found someone that looked as good as her and couldn’t help herself but to a kiss 😉 Absolutely FANTASTIC shot Johan

    • Author

      Thanks Elisha. My guess is that she liked the smell of my after-shave. I don’t look as good as her 😉

      • Elisha Battles 8 years ago

        Well I was actually saying she saw her reflection haha, But it works!

        • Author

          You should really put a smily after a comment like that Elisha. I am a sensitive and insecure guy, so I might not be able to fall asleep because of a “I look like a cow” trauma 😉

          • Elisha Battles 8 years ago

            lol You don’t look like a cow haha 🙂 I am sorry if I offended you. I was just saying she was attracted to her reflection in the lens. Much <3 sent to you Johan

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 8 years ago

            Lol Elisha 😀 No worries, I was just kidding you 🙂

  39. Ivan Boden 8 years ago

    This is great! Now that’s what I call a schnozzola!

    • Author
      Johan 8 years ago

      Ivan: I can’t seem to find that word in my dictionary … 😀

      • Ivan 8 years ago

        That’s because you are using the Peijnenburgdicjionury!
        (just kiddin!)

        • Author

          I guess so Ivan 😉 I do like the word “schnozzola” a lot, but somehow I think I should not say to my wife that she has a nice “schnozzola” 🙂

          • Ivan Boden 8 years ago

            Why not? Buy her some flowers, put on some soft music and tell her how much you love her nice schnozzola. (Make sure the kid’s are in bed sleeping first) ;-P

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 8 years ago

            Ok, I will give that a try! Should I wear a boxing helmet and something to protect my teeth?

          • Ivan Boden 8 years ago

            Yes, and be sure to wear a cup to.

  40. La vache qui rit! 😀 Pas vraiment but still… Love this Johan! 😀

  41. Julia Su 8 years ago

    ok…….kiss 🙂

  42. Kerry Murphy 8 years ago

    I love her. 🙂

  43. Author

    Thanks Julia and Kerry!
    Christophe: smiling cows are a rare species. I only tend to find them in the fridge of the grocery store 🙂

  44. Athena Carey 8 years ago

    ribeye? sirloin? filet mignon? I’d like my kiss medium well please. 🙂

    • Author

      You can do a workshop with cows now that you have a wide-angle yourself Athena 😀

      • Athena Carey 8 years ago

        Actually Johan, you haven’t been around me with cows yet, but the truth is that I like to pet them. 🙂 (ok, and eat them, but not at the same time) I am a bit gushy over most animals. 😉 You will see in time.

        • Author

          maybe we’ll run into a few tomorrow and I will post wide-angle shots of you cutling with cows tomorrow night 😀

          • Athena Carey 8 years ago

            lol – I guess that is ok +Johan Peijnenburg as long as I don’t have my ND filters tucked into the back of my jeans again… 🙂

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 8 years ago

            Lol, with some jeans that might be better Athena.

  45. Rebecca Weaver 8 years ago

    Love it!!

  46. Tom Tran 8 years ago

    Hahah…this is good, Johan. And apparently a good discussion topic as well. 😀

  47. Peter de Rooij 8 years ago

    Excellent! Love the curious cow. (In general, and this one in particular.)

    • Author

      @Tom Tran: thanks! Yes, the discussion was a bit more lively then expected 🙂

  48. P. Laug 8 years ago

    Ist die aber neugierig.
    Tolles Photo.

  49. Lana Walker 8 years ago

    Haha great shot and the story made me smile! 😀 Well done, Johan!

  50. Saradi Dasi 8 years ago

    So nice 🙂

  51. Lilyana Lovela 8 years ago

    super cute!

  52. Bwahahaha so funny. Nice close up Johan

  53. Darren White 8 years ago

    Awesome POV……the in your face perspective works wonders here!!!

  54. John Dunne 8 years ago

    You just can’t beat the perfect combo that is UWA Lens and Animals 🙂

  55. Author

    P. Laug, Lana, Lilyana, Khrystiane, Darren and John: thanks for the nice comments 🙂

  56. Tracey Nawrot 8 years ago


  57. Filip Lučin 8 years ago

    Cows are curious beings. I had similar encounter once. 🙂

  58. Myrna Weinreich 8 years ago

    So funny and lovable part of nature! Lovely Johan

  59. Kimberly Hosey 8 years ago

    I love this!

  60. Robert Skreiner 8 years ago

    But I think the effort was worth it. Very impressive photo! 😉

    Especially fun it can be if you have a dog with you. If the cow has a calf, one must be able to run fast. Because they can be very aggressive. We in Austria have always accidents among people with dogs when they cross the meadows.

  61. Jo Garret 8 years ago

    very cool, such curious creatures – looks like you disturbed lunch

  62. Nikola Nikolski 8 years ago

    Very tasty close up!! 😉 Great work!

  63. Charles Lupica 8 years ago

    Johan, you do know it’s illegal to live in Switzerland, own a camera, and not take at least one shot like this. Very cool. Cows, when not being timid, can be very curious.

  64. Author

    @Kimberly: thank you!
    @Robert: thank you as well Robert. I have a dog and I am always careful with him around cows, cause you never know 🙂
    @Jo: I think so. She was a bit grumpy 🙂

  65. Gérald Verdon 8 years ago

    What a sweet portrait! 😉

  66. Rolf Hicker 8 years ago

    Very cool shot Johan – looks like the happy Milka Cow

  67. Joel Tjintjelaar 8 years ago

    Nice effect – Like it a lot:)

  68. Adji Idem 8 years ago

    is funy

  69. Denis Monin 8 years ago

    Charmante !

  70. Andre Hohenstein 8 years ago

    great shot

  71. Cheryl Cooper 8 years ago

    She is beautiful I love her bell and that look she is giving you!

  72. Franka M. Gabler 8 years ago

    Great capture. I always wanted to take a wide angle, close up, cow photograph, however, I don’t think I could handle the moment. I like the focus on the nose. The bell gives it a signature European look (Californian cows don’t have bells).

  73. Author

    Thanks Franka and Cheryl! She’s cute isn’t she 🙂

  74. Je croyais que les vaches suisses étaient violettes et blanches ?

  75. Julia Rob 8 years ago

    this is really cute and friendly

  76. Saeed Rezaei 8 years ago

    Красивые корова

  77. heel mooi gedaan met grote hoeklens prachtig JOHAN…groetjes

  78. Author

    @Saeed: Thanks Saeed !
    @Encarnaciòn: dank je wel 🙂 

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