I like the slightly abstract nature of these close-ups. These were taken handheld (not recommended) using a manual focus lens (Zeiss Planar 100mm) and live-view. Flash was bounced off the ceiling. I managed to get the desired effect, but it would have been lots easier with a tripod!
Canon EOS-1D Mark III, f/4.5 @ 100 mm, 1/300, ISO 400, Flash
anon EOS-1D Mark III, f/9 @ 100 mm, 1/300, ISO 400, Flash