I went to visit a friend and there was a nice big window with a pretty fall view outside. She was looking good so I made this photo challenge an excuse to take pictures of her. win.

Nikon D700 ISO 1600
105mm Nikkor macro @f/4.0 1/30 sec

-Aaron Hwang

I used my canon rebel t3i with the 50mm compact macro at f5.6 1/30s and iso 400 seeing as it was fairly cloudy outside. This challenge was a lot of fun and tried my patience a few times but i think overall the experience was well worth it. My subject was my beautiful wife's eye.

-Aaron Webster

NEX-5 - Converted for Full Spectrum
SEL-18-55 (55mm, F/5.6, ISO-200)

Lens Attachments: Konica Minolta Close-Up Lens (CL49-200), IR Cutoff Hoya R72

This is a self portrait of my eye taken in my bathroom. The Catchlights are the vanity lights with a small flash on the NEX-5. The picture represents the view of the eye in the Infrared Spectrum. The colors were altered through faux-color post-processing and white balance to remove the overall red hue.

-Adam Hanson

Camera: iPhone 4S
Lens: Easy-Macro over stock iPhone camera (You can see it in the pupil!)
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1/20 sec


I played around with different setups and angles settling on this submission. I used a GLIF mount and a cheap-o tripod to hold my iPhone on my bathroom sink (so I could see the screen in the mirror while I shot). I use natural spectrum CFL bulbs at home, so I brought in extra lamps to get the best lighting possible. I have a three-door vanity and opening one of the side doors to about 45 degrees is what allowed me to capture my face in my iris.

I dropped the highlights and bumped the contrast to help the reflections of my eyelashes pop. The edge blurring is unavoidable, but not too shabby for an AT&T-subsidized camera and a $15 lens!

-Adam Hicks

Canon EOS Rebel XS
1/30 sec.
55 mm
ISO 400
no flash
Cropped and lightened color values


I don't have a great macro lens, but I still wanted to try out this challenge since I could do so at home. And what better subject than my 6 month old daughter? She has the greatest expressions every time I pull out my camera. It's like she knows what it's meant for and what she needs to do. She was just born to be in front of the camera (though, I suppose all mothers could say that about their children). With this challenge in mind, I took out my camera and just let her do her thing. She gave me one of her classic looks, and I was able to capture that expression in her eye. It may not be as clear as what it could be with a different lens, but I feel like the picture does just what I wanted it to: shows a wonderful expression of innocence with just one eye.

-Amanda Jaeger

I shot this using my Iphone 4 and a small magnifying glass. No fancy camera or setup, just what I use for all of my photographs. Photoshop was only used for cropping and sizing, no alteration to the photograph was made. I was born with Sectoral Heterochromia in my left eye. Yes, my parents are human...or at least that's what they've lead me to believe.

-Ashley Owens

Canon 5D mark II
nikon lens 28mm
iso 100

Her eyes look like Paua shell, so we stuck a shell in front of her eyes!

Taken on hatteras beach, NC
natural light , sunset

-Bill Stewart

This was both an easy and difficult challenge. easy because you just need to keep your eye open during the shot and hope that it's pretty much in focus. difficult because it really started creeping me out during post... :lol: I took about 35 shots and ended up with five I was "happy" with. man, you really find out a lot about how unhealthy you start to look when you're closeup like that. the one I decided to use in the contest was one of the last shots I took. I liked the blood vessel mappings included with the iris looking away from the camera and decided it might look better (creepier?) in a heavy black and white....

camera: nikon D7000
exposure: 0.25 sec
aperture: f/5.6
focal length: 38 mm
iso speed: 400

-Bob Zimway

I have always thought my dog Dakota had a cool looking eye. His right eye is heterochromatic (two different colors) and it's pretty striking when you are close to him. He is rarely calm enough for me to take close-up photos of him, but I got him in the evening when he had calmed down for the day. I actually lit this with the LED ‘flash' from my cell phone as well as all the overhead lights I could manage. Taken with my Canon T2i and Tamron 17-50 2.8 lens. I set the aperture at F10 to give me as much depth of field as possible with the conditions and set the ISO at 1600 (the max I can do on my camera without noticeable noise).

-Chris Beaugrand

Canon XSi - 18-55mm lens @ 55mm - F10 - 1/200th - ISO 200

I've always been interested in taking closeup photos of eyes, for whatever reason, but I never liked dealing with lighting and reflections from taking eye photos in a bright room and/or in front of bright lights, so I got the simple idea to try and take them outdoors instead. I'm also a big sky/sunset photographer, so this was a 1+ 1 = 2 kind of thing. I wanted to try to take a picture of the reflection of a sky/sunset in my eye. I simply put my camera and tripod on the roof outside of my bedroom window, hung out of it very uncomfortably, and used a remote trigger to take a couple of shots. Then I did a little cropping and color work.

-Chris Potako

I used a light box strobe for lighting this shot. Its my own eye so I had to use a mirror and put the camera in live shooting mode. I had some difficulty with the auto focus wanting to focus on my eye lashes but after about 30 shots I worked through some of the issues.

Canon 7D
Canon 100 mm f/2.8 L macro lens
ISO 800

-Christine Lyons

I took a few shots and this one made my daughter scream, so I knew it was the one. I used an LED flashlight shining from the right and applied some light editing in Lightroom.

Canon 7D with 100mm macro lens. Manual mode 1/80s, f/16, ISO 1600.

-David Lee

Canon t3i, 100m macro lens, flash on.

I really wanted to participate in this contest, but unfortunately didn't have enough time to properly prepare my picture, sizes and edits (busy weekend). I've done eye photos in the past, so this contest really stuck out to me. Maybe I can participate in a future contest. Here's an eye picture I snapped before, for whatever it's worth.

-David Seitz

I decided to take a photo of my own eye. I tripod mounted my Canon 5D Mark III with a 100mm canon macro lens and a 600EX-RT Speedlite.


I was indoors, at night, so I set the flash to ETTL, pointing to the ceiling, with the catchlight panel open.

Since I was taking a picture from my own eye, I had to shoot using Lightroom's tethered shooting but I was still unable to manually control focus.

To focus everything using auto focus, I had to use an aperture of f/11. For the 1/50 speed, I found a good ISO balance on ISO3200.

-Dennis Franza

Lush Lashes

When my son was about 7 years old, he came out of his room and I immediately I noticed something strange. It didn't take me long to realize that he had cut his eye lashes down to the rim of his eyes!! I couldn't believe it!! He told me that they were too long and they were bothering him!! That's how 7 year olds think I suppose...but am I glad that they grew back!!


Took the photo with my Canon T2i with 100mm macro lens and doctored it with iPhoto and Picasa.

-Georgina Lawrence

Although I have a range of cameras I seem to stick most to what I call the Panasonic experimentals.
My new favorite is the Fz200 which can hold f2.8 at ANY zoom and gives a 600mm lens a run for it's money.
Add to that it can photograph the hairs on a spider and all this without a lens attachment.


With attachments (and cheap ones at that) I can photograph the mountains on the moon (2000 mm fakery) or my own reflection in a dragonfly's eye (26 diopter, and have done so).
This picture was taken with the Fz200 and a Raynox MSN-202 macro lens. Because there is only a tiny focus range and the eye is curved I had to stick to f8 and shine a torch directly into my eye and hope for the best. Which wasn't easy as I was trying to focus looking into the lcd which swings out backwards.


Camera: Nikon D3
Camera Settings: 1/200 s at f/8.0, ISO 200
Lens: Nikkor Macro 105mm
Strobe: One Calumet strobe with shoot through umbrella triggered by Pocket Wizards.


Story: My co-worker sent me the photo contest link today and said it might be fun to try. I ran around my office grabbing anyone I could saying "I need to shoot a photo of your eye!" After some strange and strikingly scared looks, I wrangled up enough people to photograph. I captured different colors, shades, textures and styles, anything I could get in front of my lens. I then had an eye-off; I invited everyone over and see which one eye they liked best. The hint of a contact even works for me… you don't need to be perfect to be beautiful!

-Jason Collier

Canon T31 and Canon 100mm Macro. f/5.6, 1/60 sec, ISO 400.

Asked a couple of the ladies from the office if they wouldn't mind letting me photograph their eyes for the contest. Had two takers, just went outside and took pictures. Was overcast this afternoon and we were just standing around letting them take turns. One of them suggested to just pretend I wasn't there and for them to talk to each other while I was photographing. This was one of the talking shots. You can just make out the other "model" and my reflections in her eye.

-Jason Garnes

So i was bored and had a friend come over to hang, we ended up taking a picture or two and this came out and we were pretty happy with the result! I just flipped the lens on my Sony Nex5n and you can see the reflection of the back of the lens in his lens.. Lens-ception!

-Jayesh Chandiramani

I used my Canon PowerShot SX210 IS (compact camera), held it up to my eye, and snapped a shot. I was blissfully unaware of how creepy my eyes were until I tried this. I cropped as much nose as I could out of the picture, too, because the picture was sufficiently disturbing without adding extra features!

-Jennielee Cordes

I took a LOT of shots trying to get one I liked. This is my step-daughter. She has the fastest blink response I've ever seen. Shot after shot caught her with her eyelid half closed in response to the flash. Shot with my Nikon D200, ISO 100, 1/60 sec, f/5.6, zoomed to 52mm. All the post processing I did was to desaturate and put a mild blur on the skin and sharpen the eye itself.

-Joe Burke

I do not have a macro lens to shoot with, so I tried using my 55-250mm EFS lens fully zoomed into 250mm, with an f/7.1, an exposure of 1/640 sec and an ISO-800. Stood back just over three feet and made my youngest boy stand as still as possible with his eyes as open as possible, and snapped away. I then used the software that came with my camera. I am clearly reflected in the center of his eye. But more intersting is what you see on the right side. Those nearly vertical black lines are the legs of a giant spider I built for Halloween, that is tall enough for people to walk under.

-John Hays

So i shot this photo with a Nikon D3100 and a AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm F/2.8G Lens. 2X macro lens filter was attached also.


This is obviously of my cat Hobbes, who is still a kitten and jitter as hell. The auto focus feature on this lens takes bout 1-3 seconds to focus which means i took about 10-15 shots before realizing this cat was never going to stay still. I decided to move to manual focus at the closest focal distance and stalked my cat from a few inches away from his face. i got a few nose bumps on the lens which made me have to repetitively clean it. Finally a bug happened to make it in between my screen window and glass window which obviously caught his attention. I threw the camera in to burst mode and got this photo. Ive always wanted to get a cool human eye shot but whenever i get someone willing to model their eye always seems bored/uninteresting. i was quite pleased with the intensity in my cats eye with this photo and made the purchase of this lens totally worth it.

-Joseph Moskal

This shot was taken at Toronto Zombie Walk 2012.
This is the 10th year of the event and it is my first time there.
There are horde of zombie walking down the street in downtown Toronto.
All zombie are fans with their own makeup.
I was astonished by the makeup of the zombie fans.
Their make up are very professional its just like the one we see in TVs and movies.
The photo was taken with a T3i,400iso,5.0/f

-Joseph Tsoi

It was taken with EOS600D, f/36, exp. 1/100, ISO-400.
The 3-D effect of the iris is due to the fact the picture was lit from side (90-degree angle) with remotely triggered Speedlite EX340
The little spot of white reflection was from the handheld lamp, used to help me focus.

The picture was only cropped, no other post-processing was involved.

-Jure Safaric