Hi again, this post came to me after going outside and taking some pictures of the morning sky….lots of pink. Well after I came back in, I decided to capture our smallest house guest, Bear, our neighbors 16 yr old Chihuahua on film. Something struck me as I looked at the picture of little Bear with his “red eyes”…..they looked a lot like the pictures I took of the “cherry” morning sun! What if the red eye of pictures could be like seeing a glimpse of the inner “sun” within each of us? What if instead of it being something to “correct” is could be something to cherish getting to see?!!! Most people think of red eyes as “evil” or “bad” and if “red eye” shows up in a picture it needs to be corrected or it’s a camera malfunction sort of thing.
Something to think about the next time to go to correct a photo with red-eye in it….you might be blocking out someone’s “sun!”
(I know, it’s a weird train of thought, but that’s how I think! If you haven’t noticed by now, I don’t think like other people lol!)
http://www.allaboutvision.com/resources/red-eye-photo.htm – interesting article with the scientific/logical spin about why red-eye occurs in pictures and how to prevent and or correct it (should you choose to).
Why Eyes Look Red in Photos – (excerpt, go to link for full article)
and How to Prevent and Fix Red-Eye
On this page: How can you prevent red eyes in photos? • How can you fix red eyes in pictures? • Is it normal for children to have red eye? • Are red eyes caused by eye color? • Why do my pet’s eyes shine in photos?
Red eyes in photos? Here are answers to frequently asked questions about this phenomenon to help you fix red eye problems and create frame-worthy photographs of your friends, family and pets!
Why Do Eyes Look Red in Photos?
The appearance of red eyes in pictures, known as the “red-eye effect,” occurs when a camera captures light reflecting from the retina at the back of your subject’s eye when a flash is used at night and in dim lighting.
Red eyes in photos are normal, but there are ways you can avoid the dreaded “devil eyes.”
Light rays travel through the cornea and pupil of the eye to focus on the retina, a layer of light-detecting cells at the back of the eye. From here, the retina converts the light rays into electronic pulses that travel along the optic nerve to the brain to create visual images.
In fact, the eye works very similar to the way a camera does. Light enters the clear covering of the eye, like the glass of a camera lens, and the pupil controls the amount of light that travels through the eye, like a camera aperture. The retina captures the incoming light and sends a record of it to the brain, like camera film.
When a camera flash goes off, the pupils of your subject’s eyes don’t have time to constrict to reduce the amount of light entering their eyes. Therefore, a large burst of light reaches their retinas, reflects back, and is captured on film.
Eyes look red in photos due to the rich blood supply of the choroid, a layer of connective tissue at the back of the eye that nourishes the retina and gives it its normal red color.
a-ha – Train Of Thought – (one of my favorite A-Ha songs)