Fortnightly Challenge July 23-Augurst 5 : Eyes

fcortese

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The Topic Schedule

Colors : June 23 - July 6
Technology : July 7 - 21
Eyes : July 22 - August 4

Florian for Dale
 

Waybo

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I'll start this one off:

She's a cutie! Nice catch lights in her eyes. They seem to be saying "Do I have to sit here and have ANOTHER photo taken of me?" Love the natural light on her face. I keep wanting to brush the bangs back, and the stray hair out of her eyes!
 

fcortese

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She's a cutie! Nice catch lights in her eyes. They seem to be saying "Do I have to sit here and have ANOTHER photo taken of me?" Love the natural light on her face. I keep wanting to brush the bangs back, and the stray hair out of her eyes!
thanks. that's my granddaughter. she had just bumped her lip and was in a pensive mood. I liked her eyes in that photo. I got her to laugh and captured this one, but I felt the eyes were not quite as emotive;

 

Waybo

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I felt the eyes were not quite as emotive;

I think it may be the lighting. Her right eye (our left) doesn't have any reflection.

Closeup of my oldest daughter's eye.


Eye See You by Gerg1967, on Flickr
Wow! What detail this shot has!!!

I'm thinking your white balance needs adjusting. Keleko's might be too warm (too yellow), but your is too cold (too much blue). In my opinion, for a shot this tight, you should have used a narrower aperture (higher number). That would have kept more focus in the eyebrow, especially on the right edge. Others may disagree.


Sometimes it amazes me how far I've come in the the past year!
Originally, I was really pleased with this shot, which was taken 12 months ago, BC [BC = before (decent) camera]. Today I would have done it much differently, especially with the aperture setting (coulda/shoulda blurred the background with a wider aperture.) I still like the eyes, though, especially on the child on the left.

 

Keleko

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I know the portion of the nose showing may be a problem with the composition. I may try cropping it to remove that.

I used the Canon "nifty fifty", which is to say the 50mm f/1.8.
 

Juanbond

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Eyes

My wife bought me a Lensbaby with a macro attachment for Fathers Day this year. Considering how inexpensive it was I have been pleased with the results. This is my three year old's eye.



This is my one year old. We were just looking out the window on a rainy Seattle day and I decided to take some pictures. He has LOTS of energy and I can never get him to look right at me.

 

Keleko

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My wife bought me a Lensbaby with a macro attachment for Fathers Day this year. Considering how inexpensive it was I have been pleased with the results. This is my three year old's eye.

I really like the color in that eye. It looks like it has fire in it. I'm reminded of "The Eye of Sauron" in the Lord of the Rings movies.
 

Ish

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This one was harder than I thought it would be. He didn't just travel in a straight line, but waved his head about constantly. After I'd got the shot the first thing that caught the eye was the patterned shell. I think it looks better with most of it cropped out. Maybe a can of paint would have been better! Do you think it'd look better with all of it in focus, rather than just the eyes given that they're so small? Anyway, I'd welcome your thoughts.

And yes, I know he doesn't have any catchlights in his eyes! :)



I love this picture, the slight angle and the smiling eyes. Makes me want to smile too, just looking at it.
 

Designer Dale

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Hi, folks. The poll for the next Challenge topics has been up for a day now, and only three members including myself have voted. Remember that you have three votes to use, but you can't vote again if you already have.

The Poll Link is Right Here.

Lack of interest is what killed the Challenge last time, I would hate to see that happen again.

Dale
 

Keleko

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I missed that we were voting for the next group. Thanks for the update.
 
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