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By marcsneddon
My daughter's eye taken in macro mode.
What do we think about this and the colours/ crop. Could it be improved?

Tags: Macro Eye Close-up and macro

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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
5 Jun 2019 2:13PM
I would suggest you take the shot again, as the actual eye is nowhere near in focus or sharp.

The upper lashes are where the camera focused, so try to get focus on the eyeball.Its not very easy, but a couple of tries should improve the result.



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dudler Plus
16 950 1521 England
5 Jun 2019 3:17PM
It's really easy to focus on the lashes instead of hte eye - higher contrast, so AF picks them up easily.

And a horizontal format, I'd say - eyes are wider than they areh igh.

Colour seems a bit yellow to me, and exposure a fraction low.
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2080 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2019 3:33PM
I would agree that this is definitely one that you should try again. What jumps out from the Exif is that the light was very poor. F2.2, 1/17 second, ISO 1000 - that's not a good set-up in a number of different ways but it was necessitated by low light. So look for better conditions, but not sun shining directly onto the eye. Try sitting your daughter near a window in good daylight, with gauze or net curtains to diffuse the effect, or if that's not available get someone to hold a piece of gauze or muslin to soften the light falling on the eye.

I'm guessing that this was taken on a mobile phone? That gives very little control, but in better light you may have the chance of a smaller aperture (higher F number) which will give you greater depth of field, and a faster shutter speed which reduces the risk of both hand shake and subject movement.

Then focus very carefully on the pupil, not on the lashes. It's worth moving back a bit to allow for a crop later, ideally place the iris a bit higher in the frame because that's nearer to the viewer's eye-level.
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2019 12:55PM
As above. mobile phones are great - sometimes - for general photography, but usually less so due to lack of ul control, for more specialist images. Your focal point is wrong here - the pupil MUST be sharp.


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