How to get this shot: close up of your own eye


Originally uploaded by Tukay Canuck

Here’s a picture of my eye.

It probably wouldn’t be anything special, except that I took it myself, which may make it a bit challenging (or lucky, if you shoot blindly).

Here’s how I did it.

  1. I mounted my camera on my tripod.
  2. I used my 24-70 mm lens, with a close-up (Cokin) attachment
  3. I had a flash on the camera (SB-900), with a ring flash attachment
  4. I sat in front of my TV, and hooked up my camera to the TV.
  5. With the camera on LiveView mode (what the camera sees is projected upon the television), I positioned myself and the camera to focus on my eye.
  6. I set the camera on remote control mode, so I could fire it by my remote.
  7. I aimed an LED flashlight at my face to better see my eye on the television, and to aide the camera in focusing correctly.
  8. Since I was using a flash, I could use a narrower aperture setting, creating a wider depth of field (in case I moved too much).

Clearly, from this picture, I need more sleep.

That’s it for today’s tip.

New Model


Originally uploaded by Tukay Canuck

Focus on Ottawa has a new model. Welcome Seth to the family. Seth was born March 11, 2010, at a whopping 9 lbs 7 oz.

Many pictures to come Seth, so smile!

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

Originally uploaded by Tukay Canuck

March 8, 2010
Wear a string on your finger on March 8th to stand in
solidarity with women and girls around the world.

Let the string remind you of the incredible achievements that
women have made to overcome inequality and injustice.

Let it remind you of the millions of women and girls who
continue to strive for equality and empowerment everywhere.

Please visit for more information.