A couple of days back, one of my friends was generous enough to give me a new version of the Philippine Twenty Peso Bill during one of our batch reunions. I was even lucky enough to receive a note that has a quite interesting serial number, something that looks like this:
On the way home, I remembered seeing an article about the rebuffed security measures in producing these new notes. Being the naturally curious guy that I always am, I couldn't help but to wonder if there's anything else in this note that cannot be seen with the naked eye, save for the UV marking, of course. So, with my crisp bill in my hands, I decided to place it under a nano-microscope.... or rather, my camera, fitted with my AF-S Nikkor 35mm. f/1.8G lens, and a set of extension tubes. ;)
For the holidays, let me give you some Christmas-inspired macro photos for you to grab should you want some red-and-yellow-and-green colors on your desktop. Enjoy! ;)
A Little Christmas Gift
Lately, I've been seeing some really close-up pictures of people's faces where the point of focus is in the eye. The interesting part is that, if the image of the eye itself is viewed closely, the reflections of the surroundings can be seen on its surface (like the camera, lens and all, and/or the people/places around it, etc.).
I myself have taken some photos in this manner in the past, so it wasn't that much of a news for me when the fad took a rise. It however, made me take a second look at two of my photo accessories in the bag, specifically, my LED video light, and my set of extension tubes.
And thus inspiration hit:
1/60th of a sec. shutter speed at f/5.6, ISO 800
That's my eye, by the way, if anyone's wondering. ;)
So I decided to get rid as much reflection as possible by placing the video light to the side, which also allows the camera to move in reeeaal close to the surface of my eye, probably from a mere distance of 10-15mm. from, uh, lens to lens. ;) With the fairly small aperture settings, I made sure that every minute detail of the iris will be displayed in the final image.
Oh, and the eye color? Well... I've always fancied having a different eye color instead of the usual brown hue, so..... ;)
Nikon D90, AF-S Nikkor 35mm. f/1.8G lens, a set of extension tubes, Prolite LED video light