October 21, 2014, 10:45:53 PM

Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - TWI by Dustin Abbott

Pages: 1 ... 12 13 [14] 15 16 ... 109
196
Photography Technique / Re: How (and Why) I Took the Shot #1: Overlook
« on: February 11, 2014, 04:42:47 PM »
Never one to be afraid to put my nose in where it isn't needed, without any ill will to Dustin who does some great work and reviews, as a matter of principle I am very much against pure outside links, indeed I am surprised CR allows such posts. There is nothing difficult about including an entire blog post and image here and including a link to the original for people who have more interest to go and see, and I think, on principle, that is the more honorable way of doing things. Pure links just smell of site traffic manipulation to me, I am sure Dustin has a good following and has been asked by people to post more stuff (heck people even PM me questions), but he can answer those personal requests with directions to his blog and site, that, to my mind, is very different from making people click to even see if they are interested in a post.

Just my 10c worth.
+1
If it is a long article, a short synopsys along with the picture would be OK and a link at the end. But I'm not sure I think it is OK to use a forum like this to promote your own site, which I beleive has commercial motivation.

As for this specific post, I am a bit surprised why you selected an image like this. You have posted lots of images it could have been interesting to hear the story behind. But, without getting into any debate over the image, this was not one that raised any interest with me.

But keep posting, I may enjoy the next one more.

Fair enough.  I absolutely am trying to drive attention to my website to continue building my brand.  I have no problem acknowledging that.

But what you may not know is that traffic back to LensRentals is typically in my top 4 clickthroughs from my website (#3 today, in fact).  I recommend that people rent lenses (try before you buy)and freely cite articles by Roger to direct people to Lens Rentals.  Anyone that works with web design/development knows how importance this ecosystem is.  Every clickthrough from this website (CanonRumors) to any other website helps build its brand and page ranking.  It is a bit of a symbiotic relationship, which is probably why it is allowed here.

Even from the kind reactions on this thread I sense that this particular post and image are not the sexiest I've ever shared.  ;D  I'll try to up my game next time 8)

197
Photography Technique / Re: How (and Why) I Took the Shot #1: Overlook
« on: February 11, 2014, 01:53:19 PM »

BTW, this series is being requested by a certain very large company in the industry, and so I will write them despite opinions on a message board.
So opinions on a message board only matter when they are positive?
Opinions on a message board does NOT have to be positive, but they should at least provide constructive criticism ... it makes no sense when the post just rubbishes the photographer's work without providing any constructive criticism on how the image could have been improved.
I agree, as little as positive comments also describing why it's good. I did not say it was bad. Actually I didn't even look at it to start with. But now I have clicked his link to support his webstats and it was a picture of a broken tree, then a reference to god. Rienz, I know you a little through your posts here, you are a sensible man. I am not seeking anyone's support for my view though. I just questioned why he starts his post(s) with: on request from people on this forum I hereby give you my review, blog etc. when clearly it is self promotion. Better be honest about it. People here are very encouraging and I think it is important not to abuse that. If he's on a contract through a larger corporation, all the best, but if it is a business thing, then i think it should be disclosed in the first comment. About the picture, not bad but it didn't move me. Mostly because I'm a portrait person (although mediocre).

Why the hostility?  You honesty began bashing me and the piece without even looking at it?  That's part of the reason why message board opinions matter less to me than other sources...

198
Third Party Manufacturers / Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« on: February 11, 2014, 09:19:31 AM »
Here's another 600mm shot.  This series is a bit softer because of the temperature variation phenomena I discussed in the review, but I love the compression effect on this Arctic Wolf from the long focal length:


The Silent Assassin by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

199
More valuable information.  I know you were really diligent in trying to gather information before you pulled the trigger, so I'm glad that you are initially pleased with the lens.

200
Photography Technique / Re: How (and Why) I Took the Shot #1: Overlook
« on: February 10, 2014, 08:42:29 AM »
Again, thanks for the feedback (whether positive or negative).  It helps give me a sense of where I would like to take this series.

BTW, this series is being requested by a certain very large company in the industry, and so I will write them despite opinions on a message board.  But I do value your feedback, as I obviously want to make them as beneficial (and enjoyable) as possible.

Maybe the next shot will be a little more glamorous... ;D

201
Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: February 10, 2014, 08:39:41 AM »
Here's a new shot from the Rokinon, featuring the new profile (not that it makes much of a difference here).


Enter Sun, Stage Right by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

202
Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: February 09, 2014, 05:27:41 PM »
Stylish shot.  You've used the distortion to your benefit here, and the textures are nice and crisp.
Thanks Dustin. Actually, I did use a lens correction profile but because of mostly curve lines, it's really hard to differentiate whether one was used or not. I downloaded my lens profile from Adobe using the lens profile downloader from the following link:

http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5492

I've not hard a chance to compare the differences between Adobe's vs Sven's. Has anyone tried both of these profiles?

I've used them both, and the new profile (from Sven) is considerably better.  Still, as you have shown in this image, perfect lines aren't always the most desirable quality.  I have used quite a few shots from the Rokinon without correction at all because I like the result.

203
Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: February 09, 2014, 02:39:59 PM »
Speaking of distortion.  Someone sent me a link to my website of a great profile for Rokinon/Samyang.  It is "technically" for a D600, but does a fabulous job with all FF bodies.  I've been impressed by it in the last couple of days

http://www.svenstork.com/2013/10/02/rokinon-14mm-lightroom-lens-profile/

Thanks Dustin, I will have a go at this and try to make it work for my MkII and III.

Ok I modified the text file so it can now be selected from the lens profile list under make 'Samyang'. This way it is independent of the camera model or brand. Download it below:

Nice work.  Thank you.  It is a great profile.

204
Photography Technique / Re: How (and Why) I Took the Shot #1: Overlook
« on: February 09, 2014, 02:38:56 PM »
Thanks for the feedback all around, everyone.  Discussion is good.  This image is far from being one of the most glamorous in my portfolio.  Of the images I have posted in the past year on Flickr, for example, it probably got the least amount of favorites.

As a few have noted, however, the point of sharing this image and writing the article was to explain, in part, why we take photos that we do.  It was to communicate that there is meaning in even the simple (or broken) things.  I'm fine with your criticism.

As far as being uninvited, that is patently untrue.  I have been asked repeatedly in various threads to write tutorials and to explain my workflow.  Not everyone wants that, but not everyone has to read this.  It is posted in the appropriate area, I believe.

205
Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC
« on: February 09, 2014, 09:01:34 AM »
From a recent trip to Kuala Lumpur.

That top shot is really killer.  Fabulous work!

Thanks Dustin, your advice regarding manual focusing on this thread was extremely useful!

Glad to hear it!

206
Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: February 09, 2014, 09:01:07 AM »
Speaking of distortion.  Someone sent me a link to my website of a great profile for Rokinon/Samyang.  It is "technically" for a D600, but does a fabulous job with all FF bodies.  I've been impressed by it in the last couple of days

http://www.svenstork.com/2013/10/02/rokinon-14mm-lightroom-lens-profile/

207
Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: February 09, 2014, 09:00:08 AM »
I was skeptical about this old school lens originally, but thanks Dustin for the nice review and beautiful shots, just pulled the trigger for this lens. :D Here is a shot I did yesterday evening. ISO 100, f22, 0.4 sec, 7 ft. C/C is welcome. Thanks.



Stylish shot.  You've used the distortion to your benefit here, and the textures are nice and crisp.

208
Photography Technique / Re: How (and Why) I Took the Shot #1: Overlook
« on: February 09, 2014, 08:58:21 AM »
Hi everyone!  I've been encouraged from multiple sources to start writing smaller pieces that tell the story of what was in my mind while shooting.  This first shot is a simple subject that tells a story.  Thought you might enjoy reading the piece if you are interested:

http://dustinabbott.net/2014/02/how-and-why-i-took-the-shot-1-overlook/

Thank you, Surapon.  Glad to share

Dear Dustin , my friend and my teacher.
I love your posts and your links, That make me learn your point of views and " How to " with your great knowledge of photography.
Thank you, Sir.
Surapon

210
Photography Technique / Re: How (and Why) I Took the Shot #1: Overlook
« on: February 08, 2014, 06:10:50 PM »
.
Yep, there's a lot of you in that image -- I saw it before I read a word.

I've done a lot of the kind of work you do, and I always see our brokenness. Yet, off in the distance is always that vague promise of something better. We are all broken people hoping for oneness.

Compositionally, I love the stacked horizontal lines -- and the dark/light contrasts between them.

Thanks for sharing this -- and I'll look forward to more of these.

Insightful and meaningful response.  Thank you.

Pages: 1 ... 12 13 [14] 15 16 ... 109