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View Poll Results: What do you do with your left eye when shooting?
Leave it open, somehow ignoring the mixed signals being delivered to your brain 1712.06%
Close it gently, like an autumn leaf falling to the grass 2719.15%
Squeeze it tight, as tight as you hold the rake 'cause you're mad at all the damn leaves 2618.44%
Cover it with your brother's eye patch (he's a pirate, see) 10.71%
My left eye? That's what I shoot with! 7049.65%
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05-20-2008, 07:19 PM   #1
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Left eye

I squeeze mine so tight I could crack a walnut with my brow. It's a bad habit, and probably the reason my vision is getting worse in that eye. Thankfully, my right eye is tack sharp.

05-20-2008, 07:29 PM   #2
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A mixture of 1 and 2, so can't really choose either.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Arpe Quote
A mixture of 1 and 2, so can't really choose either.
When you say mixture, you mean that you sometimes leave it open, and sometimes close it? Otherwise, it doesn't make sense.
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Most of the time I leave my left eye open... I sort of got used to that when I used to shoot video.

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i squeeze it.. though i dont do it on purpose... i'll pay more attention to it from now on..

thanks for the reminder!
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It depends,

If I am attempting to track moving action - birds, soccer players, whatever - I try to keep both eyes open. The Left is the wide view, the Right is the framing view. It takes practice, and will be the end of June before I am back in the groove. Every year, I have to learn it again.

For scenics and so forth, I don't need it, particularly with wide angles, and close the left eye. Comfortably, not jammed shut. It warps my contact lenses if I do that.
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If I leave my right eye open it sees the rear wheel VERRRRY close

It gets tired if I squeeze it, and I have to quit, so I just close it.
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Gentle goes it, unless tracking a moving object, no strain no pain. Unless I am playing cowboy and shooting from the hip. Then both eyes are open.

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05-20-2008, 09:21 PM   #9
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I'm surprised to see so many left-eyers. I thought the right eye was pretty universal.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Canada_Rockies Quote
If I am attempting to track moving action - birds, soccer players, whatever - I try to keep both eyes open. The Left is the wide view, the Right is the framing view. It takes practice, . . .
Like tracking a clay pigeon with a shotgun.
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My problem comes down to eye dominance. My left eye has much better vision than my right eye and is also dominant. If I want to use my right eye for focusing (or targeting with something like a rifle) my left eye has to be closed. If I use my left eye to focus then I can leave my right eye open.

When I'm using a camera I switch back and forth between using my left and right eye to the viewfinder depending on what I'm taking pictures of and whether or not I need to track what is going on outside of the viewfinder.
05-20-2008, 10:40 PM   #12
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I squeeze my left eye fairly tight. I know from what I have read and heard, that it is desirable to keep both eyes open, especially when taking action shots, because that is one of the best ways to get 'the shot'. I have tried a couple of times but it is quite disorienting and I haven't had the time or patience to persist thus far.
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I have the delightful problem of being right handed and yet left eye dominant. When I an practicing archery, or shooting rifles, I use my right eye to aim. I have found that I seem to have better composition with my left eye (perhaps because it is feeding info directly into the more artistic right side of my brain)...
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I'm with Albert on this one.
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Damn leaves..
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