Look into my eye…

Posted August 17th, 2010 by BabaBC with 6 Comments

After stumbeling upon these macro photos of the human eye, I got a little inspired and started fiddling with my 550D. In addition to being fun this was partially a test for an upcoming project.

In any case, it turned into this:

The setup:
Macro rig

This was done with the 550D and the kit lens, attached front-to-front to a 50mm f1.4 Nikkor using that ultimate tool called duct tape.
The monitor allowed me to watch the recording of my eye as I was watching the recording. Of my eye. Being recorded. Etc.

What I used:

- Canon 550D
- Kit lens
- 50mm f1.4 Nikkor
- Duct tape
- Homemade 720p monitor
- Laptop battery
- A random halogen lamp

- Colorista II (After Effects)
- Optical Flares (After Effects)
- NeatVideo (VirtualDub)

Posted in 550D Projects
Written by BabaBC

Dave says:

November 18, 2010 at 00:10

Hi bro, im from spain, i speak a poor english so im sorry.
i have been your videos, it is amazing , you are very creatived.
it is very good editing (good color,focusing,pulse).
i have purchased a canon 550d but im not very happy with de results of video perhaps i need editing video to get sames results like you.
i dont know how converting in other better formats.
i use to after effects and virtualdub but work very poorly or i dont know use fine.
So my friends hope you give me advice,
add my messenger
thank you brother

Dave Kissane says:

December 15, 2010 at 05:23

hi there. I am currently a Sculpture student studying in Limerick School of Art & Design in Ireland and I’m doing my studio practice on the Human eye. I’v done a lot of macro photography and I have just been assigned a video brief – ‘a sense of place.’ I want to achieve reflections in the eye but also keep the quality of macro. I was wondering if you could give me any advice or tips on how to achieve this. By the way the video is amazing

April 4, 2012 at 14:43

one other way for a great macro that I use is to remove the front element of a 28-80mm lens (very cheap .. like 80$)

great result you should try it


April 10, 2012 at 22:03

[...] Oppsettet er egentlig usedvanlig enkelt. Det er brukt et Canon EOS 550D, vanlig kit-objektiv (antar at det er 18-55mm), 50mm f1.4 Nikkor, litt teip, en skjerm og ulike lyskilder. Ta en titt på oppsettet i dette blogginnlegget http://fluentfilm.com/look-into-my-eye/ [...]

[...] Hypnotic and trippy macro photography project geared squarely at the human eye.  Shot on the Canon 550D DSLR camera with a very simple lighting setup (more info here). [...]

Jonathan Olson says:

October 18, 2012 at 01:23

Hi man, I just wanted to thank you for posting the details on how you achieved this! I thought your video as “guy with a sick lens” but you got creative with what you had. and thats awesome :) kudos

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