The “Jarvie Window” Experience


Fates align New fun emerges

The fates aligned and the photo angels have blessed us with the coolest thing ever.

At the Photowalking Utah event today. See their website. (Organized in part by Rich Legg)
There were a bunch of lighting setups (at least 10)
I wandered around with one extra. My ring light on my sb-900 flash.

I set it to manual and figured out good manual settings and let everyone use it even the canon shooters were shooting with the nikon flash on manual.

Enter 8mm

At the end of the event a friend (Jeremy B.)
Lent me his 8mm fisheye… I’m thinking what in the world would I do with this lens… I wanna play with my flash.
Oh well… maybe I’ll just keep it on. (Read later for more of what I was thinking)

Well getting to the point… This is what happens.
A couple of inches away from their face. Short enough lens that it actually sees the ring flash.


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“Jarvie Window”

Consider it shamelessly branded. haha

Really. I’m not opposed to calling it something else, but I do want it to be called something. And that something should be cool and memorable.

Before I posted the pictures (full gallery)
I asked what we should call it, so I could title the post and what not.

Only a few people spoke up but they came up with “Jarvie Window”
I figured it would be fun and catchy.

I assume others will continue to do this because it really is quite simple and very fun.

Now this being said… I like my last name and I’m not shy.
But it’s not like it’s a typical thing. And the literal “Through the Ring Flash fisheye” isn’t too catchy 😉

Yes you will see me doing this again… often

Yes it’s very gimmicky and doesn’t replace being able to take good pictures otherwise.
But you better believe that I’m going to be doing this a lot.

A whole series of faces in square format, doing crazy stuff.
Up in the face… no personal space allowed.

I can totally see this as the hit of a party or wedding reception.
There’s something me and Bryan Jones just couldn’t put a finger on… something about it that makes it so endearing.
It has to do with shooting through the circle.
Yes the lighting is cool.
Yes it’s often more of a caricature Than a picture

I’m just someone somewhere has stumbled across it in a similar fashion… but they sure didn’t share it much, because it didn’t catch on.


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More technical?

Put the flash on the lowest setting… i was doing 1/128th
Use a super wide that is short enough that it won’t actually go through the ring flash.
Use a ring flash like this Ray Flash – (Also available at OPGear)

Put the aperture up at around f/8

Be careful to focus on the eyes really well.
And then just get CLOSE.
And be creative.

Camera+Flash+RayFlash+8mm lens+Characters


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This is the man! (Above)
He said “Hey Scott try out this lens”

And I thought I could be sensible and take off the ring flash.
Or I could be half lazy and half non-sensible and one more half inquisitive.

Apparently the 8mm is available for $900 from B&H – Nikon version here

And the Ray Flash is available through places like pictureline – here – (Also available at OPGear)

my guess is they’ll be selling out fast with sites like Strobist and Photofocus featuring it soon.

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  1. Mike Roberts says

    I think this is loads of fun. I first saw the one of Emily, then the one of David Terry and her. Thanks for the description of the evolution of the Jarvey Window.

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  3. Jeremy says

    And I am promptly going to trim my nose hair before I go to church today… sheesh, I look like a dang party favor.

    Always a pleasure Scott.

  4. Aria says

    Wow, very very cool!! Perfect for parties and receptions! I want to try this out sometime….and I’ll be sure to use the proper name of the invention. :)

  5. Nathan Marx says

    Can’t help but sit and chuckle. Great series! Fun seeing you at the meetup!

  6. sloanie says

    Oh man, these are so great. I totally want a “Jarvie Window”!

    (how do you like that Ray Flash Ring? I’m loving how the light looks in these photos.)

  7. Jeff says

    lol, awesome!

  8. justin says

    So fun and creative. Any chance we can see a photo of what the setup looks like?

  9. Corey Luke says

    Thanks Scott,

    These are fantastic!

  10. scott says

    Justin: I didn’t get any pictures of me shooting.
    But I think a few other people did.
    I’ll ask around.

  11. ScottJarvie says

    A picture of me shooting the “Jarvie Window” by @jrbechthold shows how close you are… many people got even closer

  12. justin says

    Thanks for linking to the setup shot.

  13. Joanna Taylor says

    This is fantastic. Love.

  14. Chris says

    How much would the effect be changed if a 14mm fisheye were used instead of an 8mm?

  15. scott says

    Well I’m not sure… the important thing is how short is the lens… it needs to be able to see the ring flash. My 14-24 is way too long it goes past the ring flash.
    I’d also like to try the 10.5 nikon… but I have a feeling not many lenses will work. But it’s worth a shot to see.

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  20. Rachel Hope says

    That is so cool!

  21. Kristen@TheFrugalGirl says

    What a cool idea! Now I just need a ring flash and wide lens. lol

  22. Ryan Kaplan says

    I love it! Thanks for coming up with something new like that. I’ve got to try this at my next wedding… Camera Caricatures (using the Jarvie Window, of course). It’s like an extension of the photobooth… sort of a mobile photobooth.

  23. Katie says

    so this might be a dumb question, but you mentioned you took the ring flash off– how are you able to hold the ring flash and the camera steady at the same time?? Did you have the subject hold it??

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  25. PJ says

    Maybe a lowbudget Samyang (or one of the many others which are Samyang based) 8mm MF fisheye will work? The Sigma is 68.6 mm/2.7″ in length and the Samyang is 74,8 mm/2.94″ in length. Or will the 5,8mm/0.24″ be too much? I have the Samyang so i think im gonna get the ringlight soon.

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    Just brilliant! Would never have thought of this myself. I am the UK distributor for RayFlash, can I use a link to your blog on my website? regards Hardy

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  33. Mark Griffith says

    I saw this from a photo of Bryan Jones on facebook. Love it!

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    I was just wracking my brain trying to come up with something fun for our family reunion in a few months. Thank YOU for your shameless and brilliant experiment called the Jarvie Window. And thanks so much for the tech data…we are not all pros. Although, I may have to hawk my wedding ring to afford this opportunity. =)

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  39. Luis Baldera says

    Jarvie, I am planning to get a Canon 5D Mrk II, will this will work with the Sigma 8mm Fish eye circular, or will be to wide? which len will you recommend with for this Full Frame Camera?



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  43. Francois says

    Hi Jarvie.
    I already try with the lens nikon fisheye 10.5mm and rayflash in nikon sb-800 and camera nikon d300, and the picture don’t appear all the ring. Do you know why?!?! Do you already try witn this lens nikon 10.5mm?
    I LOVEEE your pictures.

  44. PJ says

    Got great results with a setup inspired by yours :) (facebook)

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