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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022

Eyes like you’ve never seen them before! (Iris Ultra Macro Version)

They say they eyes are the door to your soul – iris photography
eye surface – iris photography

As you all know, I am very passionate about portrait photography. And when I shoot portraits, my main focus is always on the eyes. Eyes just attract and fascinate me. Back then when I still was shooting pool billiard tournaments, I started already a series about eyes on the pool table. Its called “the eye of pool”:

Thats the article from back then (11 years ago)

But now I wanted to go closer and create a more abstract artwork. I started with buying the Laowa 25mm Ultra Macro lens. As explained in the video, I build a whole rig with macro focusing rails and a a linear transition stage.

That was the first version of my setup. You can see the display in the background that I used for focusing
This is my Frankenstein focusing rail setup. Its about 2kg by its own.

Eye movement, ripod movment and head movement was a big issue. For that I build a special kind of headrest.

the headrest 🙂

I tried different camera/lens setups during my shootings. That is one of them

thats one version of my lens camera setup – I used many different ones during the shootings.

At the end I am very happy with the outcome. It was a lot of work, but for me it was totally worth it. I love how these abstract eye photographs turned out on fine art prints. If you want to get a signed fine art print, contact me here: for prints from my shop visit If you are an ophthalmologist and want to work with me on some of the images, please let me know and contact me.

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    Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

    Eyecosm – getting close to the eye

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    Die Augen des Menschen haben mich schon bei Porträts fasziniert. Deshalb habe ich schon in früheren Projekten Makros vom Auge gemacht. Bei diesem Projekt gehe ich noch einen Schritt weiter und gehe von der Macrofotografie in die Richtung Microfotografie.
    Augen so nahe abzulichten ist um einiges schwieriger, als ich mir vorgestellt habe. Auch wenn die ersten Erfolge vielversprechend aussehen, ist es noch ein langer Weg bis ich den Prozess dazu perfektioniert habe. Sobald die Ergebnisse konstanter werden, werde ich darüber in einer bekannten Fotografiezeitschrift darüber schreiben.
    Die ersten Ergebnisse könnt ihr auf der webseite sehen.
    Hier eine Nahaufnahme von einer Blaugrauen menschlichen Iris.

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    English Version
    Eyes did always fascinate me. That is the reason, that I did macro shots of them some years ago. But this project is pretty different. This time I go more in the direction of micro photography. To capture eyes that close is much more difficult as I thought in the first place. There is a lot improve, Even the first results are promising. As soon as I get more constant in my work, I will write about the whole process in a well-known German photography magazine.
    You can find the first results on
    Here you can find a very closeup of blue-gray human iris.


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