one day at a time

day 108: gaze

gaze © Verena Fischer

gaze © Verena Fischer

This picture had to come eventually. It’s a macro of one of my eyes and as you can see they’re mostly green with some sprinkles of brown towards the centre. It was difficult to shoot since I had to bring the camera really close and I couldn’t quite control the composition. I’m happy with the result though, since I didn’t think it would work at all.

I’ve been trying to take this picture several times over the years with different cameras, but only now with my EOS 450D and a macro converter it looks like what I intended. I feel now that doing this one picture a day project is really helping me grow. I’m learning a lot about everything, from composition, post-processing to getting the picture you imagine rather just plain ‘what you see’. And sometimes even the latter is difficult, because cameras work very differently to eyes. Yes, sometimes it’s a struggle and I just want to stay in the warmth, watch some series and late at night I finally come up with something to shoot, but on other days it’s really nice to go out and hunt for pictures. It very much depends on how I feel and what else is part of my worries for that day. However, I’m convinced now that I won’t give up. I might even stick to this when this year of taking pictures is over, since this whole experience is rather rewarding.

7 responses

  1. Prety cool…difficult to accomplish but you did a fine job!

    November 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm

  2. Wow, that’s amazing taking a picture of your own eye! As you say it must have been quite tricky doing so.

    November 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm

  3. I’ve never been able to pull this one of, but you’ve sure nailed it here!

    November 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm

  4. I have to commend you on your brave attempt. I have had a frustating time trying to get a get closeup of my wife’s eyes (frustating her in turn as well) and i am only imagine how much effort it would take to get your own !

    All the best on continuing with your daily experiments..

    November 28, 2011 at 10:53 pm

  5. I have yet to get a good one of my own eye, though I have managed quite well with other people. I would love to have your eye color; I am sitting here with basic brown. Meh. At least I can see with them though!

    November 29, 2011 at 1:21 am

  6. i’m a basic dark brown eye too…green is my favourite pretty! I agree, lots to learn of a photo a day project…really takes you out of your comfort zone…i love it

    November 29, 2011 at 12:24 pm

  7. Ha! I was trying something like this the other day. failed. Bad. After about 2 hours in the bathroom trying to use the mirror I hear from the bedroom my wife…

    “Aaron, what the hell are you doing in there?!?” ME: “trying to take a picture babe!” to which my wife responded… “That better not be going on the internet!!”

    I didn’t bother explaining…

    November 29, 2011 at 9:55 pm

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