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Project Eye

One of my first experiments in getting a close-up shot of the eye. I think eye shots are the most challenging, since you can't use an on-camera flash from such close distance (Friendly advice - restraining from using an on camera flash from such close range also prevents landing of punches on the face of the photographer).

 

I haven't tried an off camera flash, but I assume that too will be harsh and firing a flash from such a close range would be harmful to the eye. Also, it will obviously cause the eyes to squint or close.

 

Continuous lighting has to be the answer - but again this too has to be used carefully without causing harm to the eye. For this shot, I'm glad my wife volunteered to be the subject and proved that women have far more levels of patience than men. She sat very close to a table lamp which diffused the light for me. But the light was far from sufficient and I had to keep the aperture at the widest possible to get any detail. This meant that I had to be spot on with the focusing. Not completely satisfied with the shot and the post processing. I'm not sure if selective desaturation works!

 

I plan to use more sources of diffused light and try more attempts at the eye shot - my new macro lens has given me a lot of ideas to work on, but getting the proper light for each type of shot seems to be the challenge every single time.

Project Eye

One of my first experiments in getting a close-up shot of the eye. I think eye shots are the most challenging, since you can't use an on-camera flash from such close distance (Friendly advice - restraining from using an on camera flash from such close range also prevents landing of punches on the face of the photographer).

 

I haven't tried an off camera flash, but I assume that too will be harsh and firing a flash from such a close range would be harmful to the eye. Also, it will obviously cause the eyes to squint or close.

 

Continuous lighting has to be the answer - but again this too has to be used carefully without causing harm to the eye. For this shot, I'm glad my wife volunteered to be the subject and proved that women have far more levels of patience than men. She sat very close to a table lamp which diffused the light for me. But the light was far from sufficient and I had to keep the aperture at the widest possible to get any detail. This meant that I had to be spot on with the focusing. Not completely satisfied with the shot and the post processing. I'm not sure if selective desaturation works!

 

I plan to use more sources of diffused light and try more attempts at the eye shot - my new macro lens has given me a lot of ideas to work on, but getting the proper light for each type of shot seems to be the challenge every single time.

comments (4)

Dude, this is sooo awesome capture. Well Done!
Thomas Mathew: Thanks Bro, glad you liked it.
Thumbs Up ! Its awesome man !! Maybe the spot light reflection could have been clearer.. just love the eye brows
Thomas Mathew: Thanks man, I know that spotlight spoils the whole thing - will work on it next time smile
  • Rajat Ahuja
  • India
  • 7 Dec 2010, 11:34
Would have been easier to try it out in open sunlight. Excellent shot though
  • dhiraj
  • india
  • 8 Nov 2011, 12:26
Dude, was that Macro or prime lens?

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aperture f/2.8
sensitivity ISO1600
focal length 100.0mm
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