It is REALLY hard to take a macro picture of your own iris.

I’ve seen some really killer photos that people have taken of other peoples’ irises and wanted to give it a try. Given that (1) I’m still learning flash and macro techniques and didn’t want a model to have to sit here and wait around while I work out exposure and (2) it’s 10:30 on a Tuesday night and I’m sitting here by myself anyway, I figured I’d just take pictures of my own baby browns. As it turns out, the hardest thing is trying to get the focus right, seeing as how I can’t exactly look through the viewfinder, in addition to the fact that sufficient depth of field/accurate focus are constant problems for macro shooters. I also tried doing remote live-view shooting through my computer but for various reasons, it didn’t really work. I shot probably a hundred trial-and-error frames; my results aren’t quite as good as the pros, but I wanted to post them up anyway with the stipulation that I could probably have better pictures if I was taking pictures of someone. Anyway, enough excuses, onto the pictureImage.

For those interested in the nerdy, technical side of all this, here’s a quick rundown of EXIF stuff.

tripod mounted Canon T1i, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II lens, set of Kenko extension tubes, Canon 430 EX II flash at 1/8 power firing into a DIY Photography ring light, cheapo flash stand, cheapo E-TTL flash cord. Exposure: f/19 for 0.3 sec @ ISO 3200. Color tweaks in Lightroom 3.

I love coffee (micro-gallery)

Coffee is one of the things that makes my wonderful little world turn. I’ve been a daily coffee drinker for years and to this day, it’s one of those little pleasures that I look forward to each morning. I’ve been on this macro kick lately (party because it gets dark too early to go outside and play) and I thought this might be a good place to continue. Of additional note, I’m learning to better control my flash and reflectors. I think .

Beaches (micro-gallery)

As some of you know, I grew up right here in Charleston and consequently, I’ve spent more than my fair share of time at the beach. Part of the reason I like photography so much is that it gives me the opportunity to really seek out the beauty of everyday life and I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to present what most people never notice. I picked up a variable ND filter for my normal zoom and headed out to Folly for some long-exposure fun…