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#1 Doug Zajaczkowski

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Posted 28 June 2008 - 10:05 PM

Hey everyone,

I think similar topics have been on the board before but I was hoping you guys could take a look at this clip and give me some advice:
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I was testing out a macro setup for a good shot of the iris but as I expected the lens is visible in the eye's reflection. I was thinking about covering all silver surfaces on the lens with black velvet, but perhaps there is a standard method out there I'm just not aware of.

The clip was shot on a DVX100b with a Letus Extreme adapter and a Nikon 50mm 1.4 Ai-s (fully open) reversed on a Nikon 105mm 2.8 (at f/16). There was one light source (standard desk lamp) held a few inches from the eye. You can also see some white paper under the lens in the eye's reflection.

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Thanks again for looking.
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#2 Driver

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 12:44 AM

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#3 Christopher Santucci

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 12:49 AM

Try to keep the light off the lens. If the lens has no light on it, it won't be visible.

You could try cutting a hole in some black showcard and place it in front of the lens in order to hide as much of the lens as you can.

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#4 Doug Zajaczkowski

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 01:04 AM

Thanks Chris, I'll try it.
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#5 Chris Keth

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 09:10 PM

Shoot through a sheet of duvetyne with a hole in it and cut all light off of the camera and you should be fine.
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