This image is a little off the beaten path from what I normally display on my blog, namely landscape and nature photography, but it fit a photo blog project “Blown Away” that is going on at Brian Auer’s blog.
This photo was taken as an early experiment with my, then new, macro lens. I had this photo pictured in my mind even before I got my macro lens. My wife was my very reluctant model. She has incredibly beautiful blue eyes and I knew that if I ever got her to cooperate the photo would come out great.
Seeing how my wife has a very short tolerance for being my model I was only able to capture a few photos. To get this overexposed look I made an extreme curves adjustment to blow out the highlights. I also applied a radial blur to give the sense of motion to the area around the iris. I felt the sense of motion was critical to give this image a more dynamic feel. The blown out highlights in my mind allow the blue of the iris to really pop off the screen.