Eye on things

This was a hard photo to take. When using extension tubes its tricky as to whether they’ll focus or not due to the very shallow depth of field. So using the Canon 50mm f/1.8 without USM and extension tubes means it hunts, a lot. 1 hour later and I got a shot I was happy with. Typically the weather has been rubbish today so I played with this concept. Now I’ve finished the shot and the weather has cleared up. You can just about make out the houses across the road. I feel like this isn’t the best shot I could get with this concept. I’ve seen plenty of great eye shots and I plan to get one, sometime. I’ve got a few shots I need to get done in Liverpool before they take down the Xmas lights. Stay tuned.

Camera: Canon 30D // Flash Used: No // Focal Length: 50.0mm // Exposure Time: 1/160 // Aperture: f/3.2 // ISO equiv: 1600 // Canon 50mm f/1.8 + Kenko extension tubes

2 responses

  1. Dave Griffiths Avatar
    Dave Griffiths

    Awesome pic, I’ve now ordered a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens and will try to take a similar shot. Not heard much about extension tubes, are they worth the cash?


    Griffy (from OCuk forums)

  2. I like this, but find the top eyelashes distracting due to the limited DOF. Could your model rotate backwards a bit (or reposition your camera) so that both top and bottom eyelashes are equally in focus (or out of focus)? Perhaps have the eye open a little wider?

    You say that the nifty hunts a lot – would it not be easier to focus manually and move the camera/model back and forwards very slowly?