And the eyes were watching

Halloween may not be until next month, but this sort of creepy photo is my submission for a CTE-Salt Lake City weekly photo challenge. Beyond just the challenge subject, which was eyes, the challenger also stated that it needed to be a photo posted without Photoshop editing.

Canon 60D | 18-135 lens | 10″ | f/9.0 | ISO 400 | Canon Speedlite 430EX II

Here’s how I shot it.
After setting up the camera on an end table and adjusting the focus for roughly 1.5 feet in front of the camera, I turned out the light in the room and sat in front of the camera. Once the shutter was wirelessly triggered (just so I didn’t mess up anything by touching the camera to take the shot), I manually triggered the Canon Speedlite 430EX II three times, with my eyes in a different position for each flash.

NOTE: When manually triggering the flash, DO NOT look at the flash. I am still seeing a white rectangle every time I blink.

It took me a few takes to get one that I felt had the look I was going for. Some of the shots emphasized my large nose, and since the photo challenge wasn’t about noses, I shot again. 🙂

It’s always fun to try shooting photos that are a little different, and dark rooms and an off-camera flash can be your best friend for those shooting situations.

~signed, Carltonaut

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