Friday, February 25, 2011

Week 8 (February 19th - 25th) | Picture 17

Well "Week 8" because I'm sharing it in Week 8. It was taken in Week 7 and I never got around to blogging it.

Reverse Macro + OCF = Creepy Eye Shots!

I am a member of a super awesome photography group and there was a discussion last week about how one would go about taking extreme macro shots of the human eye. Closer than you can get with a macro lens and extension tubes. To accomplish this, you attach your macro lens and then shoot through another lens held up to the end of your macro. And, if that doesn't sound weird enough, you hold the free lens backward. (They actually do sell attachments to hold a lens on your camera backward for this very purpose.)

So hold 2.5 pounds of camera + lens with one hand, hold up another lens at the end of the camera and hold it wide open at the same time, and autofocus on your own eye because your husband has an eye phobia and won't let you come near him. (Oh, and set up your OCF, because your focusing distance is so insignificant that the camera is almost in your eye. You need your flash to be off to the side to get in between the camera and your eye.)

Easy? Not so much! It would have been much easier if my husband had let me try on him, but that was definitely not even up for discussion. But I did manage to juggle the entire setup and get a picture of my own eye.

The result:

Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: 105mm f/2.8 macro (with 50mm f/1.4 in reverse)
Aperture: f/20
Shutter Speed: 1/160
ISO: 200
Flash: SB-800 off camera, manual, 1/4th power
Exposure: manual

Want to see some amazing (and creepy) eye macros that were executed to perfection? Check out the work here.

1 comment:

  1. SO cool!!!!! Great job once again! And haha...I used to have an eye phobia, I think he just needs some immersion therapy. ;)


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