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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 28, 2013, 03:20:12 PM »
Here's a moody piece that keys on the swirly bokeh effect from the old Helios 44-2:


Tunnel Vision by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Interesting shot.  You're saying the "swirly bokeh effect" is kind of a circular phenomenon that follows the vignette?  If that's what it is, I certainly see it in this shot.  Can see why you like using this lens!

It's optical imperfections create the swirly bokeh.  It is particularly evident at certain distances.  It is a unique effect, but one I am very fond of when properly used.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 28, 2013, 03:18:58 PM »


So you use your hand as a bounce card of sorts, and because it is flesh colored, that gives a warming effect to the tactical light.  Good idea.  I have a few LED flashlights, one is a Fenix E35, the other a cheaper Ultrafire.  Both have a lot of light output for their size, and use the 18650 battery, which I prefer over AA rechargables...because this battery is both lithium and rechargeable.  It's also the same battery used in the 1 series Canon battery pack (they use 3 cells).

Regarding my criticism of your shot...it is kind of clear to me that you don't feel I can offer valid criticism of your images.  There could be any number of reasons for this.  It's also possible that you just don't take criticism well.  As far as I can recall, I am the only one on this forum who has said anything critical of the photos you post, so it might not just be all on me.  In any case, I will continue to speak my mind and offer criticism if I feel strongly enough about it (to anyone's photos...and I do try to emphasize the positive most of the time, despite your claim to the opposite).  As for my own photo postings on here, most got criticized harshly, some were praised.  Depends on how good the image was, and who is looking at it (or comments on it), I guess.  The harsh comments were toward some of my bird images at higher ISO, done with a more compromised camera than the 6D...and also those were shot through a glass window, so they were not my best work.  I liked them anyway though, or I wouldn't have posted.  In that regard, I think you and I have a similar attitude toward our own work.

I think you might be overselling my response.  I don't think I ever stated or implied that you are unqualified to offer criticism; my point is that if you intentionally use abrasive or even abusive language to make your criticism you are never going to get a favorable response.  I (and my work) do periodically get criticized; I've been aggressively attacked in this space.  Some of that criticism was (in my mind and in others that defended me) unwarranted; some of it had a lot of truth.  While I am initially defensive of my work, I believe I am capable of seeing reason.  But when someone is abusive in stating their opinion, I lose respect for both them and their line of reasoning.  That is and will be true if it is you or anyone else.

I don't mind if you criticize if you do it professionally.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Takumars, Anyone?
« on: October 28, 2013, 08:37:40 AM »
Here is (for me) an unusual shot from the Helios/6D combo.  I actually stopped the Helios down (it is a preset design, so no fixed aperture, but I would guess somewhere around f/6.3).  The Helios has so many artistic optical defects wide open, but its character changes completely when stopped down.  It basically just becomes a sharp prime.


Duality by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 28, 2013, 08:35:18 AM »
Here is (for me) an unusual shot from the Helios/6D combo.  I actually stopped the Helios down (it is a preset design, so no fixed aperture, but I would guess somewhere around f/6.3).  The Helios has so many artistic optical defects wide open, but its character changes completely when stopped down.  It basically just becomes a sharp prime.


Duality by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 28, 2013, 08:33:42 AM »
Here's a moody piece that keys on the swirly bokeh effect from the old Helios 44-2:


Nice dramatic effect though I would have preferred a little bit on the lighter side but this is an excellent use of bokeh.

Ironic, as I processed this darker than shot purposefully to go for a certain mood.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Takumars, Anyone?
« on: October 27, 2013, 05:12:38 PM »
Here's one from the Helios 44-4.  I am less fond it than the 44-2 (less personality and less microcontrast), but I like this one from it:


Hung Out to Dry by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 27, 2013, 05:11:21 PM »
Latest shot with 6D + 24-105. In the next month I will try the same shot with a wider 14mm lens, I'm curious about the result.

http://500px.com/photo/50340684

Very cool reflections and nice color.  Here is one taken with the Helios 44-4 lens.  I don't like it as well as the 44-2, but I got a few shots with it recently that I really like...like this one.


Hung Out to Dry by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 26, 2013, 11:50:10 AM »
Beautiful images. I remember reading somewhere that this is the second incarnation of this lens, and the first one was much worse. Do you happen to know when this second incarnation was conceived? A friend has got the lens but is not really impresses, but looking at you images it might be that he got hold of the first incarnation.

I just recently heard that myself, and it was helpful to me because I had read other reviews and had seen so many conflicting reports.  Unfortunately, I don't know when that changeover was made.  I would presume that any of the lenses on sale currently would be the updated design (if that is in fact the case).

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: October 26, 2013, 10:37:56 AM »
Here's a recent portrait with the 135L (pretty much my favorite portrait lens).  A little fill flash from the 580EXII, but other than adding a bit of vignette and slight bit of warmness, this is out of camera.  Wide open @ f/2


Great image Dustin, but her smile out shines the lens. You could have shot this with virtually anything and it would have been lovely. You have a really good rapport with your models and it shows.

That is very kind.  Thank you!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Takumars, Anyone?
« on: October 26, 2013, 09:13:23 AM »
Here's another one where the whole shot was built around the unique swirling effect of the Helios 44-2 bokeh.  I also have the 44-4, but don't find that the effect is pronounced (and don't like it as well).


Tunnel Vision by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 26, 2013, 09:11:27 AM »
Here's a simple subject but I wanted to play with night "light" with a heavy overcast.  The result is interesting, I believe:


In my opinion you're getting a tad carried away here, it's not your best work.  The light on the clouds looks like just city light...the more I see it the uglier it looks to me (kind of like "pepto bismal" or something...a dirty pink color).  The easiest thing in the world to shoot at night is this sort of light, since most people live near a city.

I do like the leaves in the foreground though.  Looks like you used some kind of yellow fill light, which at least goes along with the other light in the background.  Glad to see you enjoy that lens so much, Dustin.

Carl, with all due respect (and you and I have interacted in many positive ways), it seems that you are often far more likely to share your criticisms than you are your own work.  It's not that being critical is wrong; we all grow as artists through constructive criticism and rarely through "rah-rah" kind of praise.  The problem is that your criticism is rarely constructive; it tends towards abuse and disdain.

I understand that you probably didn't click through and look at the image on Flickr.  If you had, you would have discovered from my description that the whole point of this image was to try to execute a concept in suboptimal conditions (rainy, overcast sky) and try to make something creative using the light pollution from the city as well as some light painting in the foreground.  You're right in that this kind of night scene is one of the easiest for many to have access to, which is exactly the point.  I'm trying to inspire some people that look to me for inspiration to get out and shoot in the environment they have, even if it isn't the Grand Tetons.  The response I've had from the image in multiple venues tells me that I have accomplished my goal.

But that leads me to my final point, and the real reason that I am writing a response.  Because you didn't bother to do any further research and just spouted criticism, your criticism lacks any validity because it is, frankly, uninformed.

Keep criticizing (I have no problem with that), but if you are going to use phrases like, "...the more I see it, the uglier it gets...", you probably should expect that 1) you aren't going to make many friends and 2) you had better have the creative and artistic chops to back it up with your own work.

What did you use for the light painting?  An incandescent, or something whiter with a yellow filter on it?  That part certainly worked.  I'm not trying to ruffle your feathers Dustin, and I did try to be constructive.  You are very much in error when you say my criticism is "rarely constructive".  That's just the way you are taking it.  I think you're a talented photographer, especially much of your portraiture (not that I'm an expert on portraiture obviously).  That's why this one bothered me a bit.  I really don't see it, as one of your more serious works, yet you are acting like it is.  I mean, it's just a ladder by itself...perhaps it was supposed to be more humorous than I took it?  It's stark out there by itself, not really humorous, not really serious either.  So it just doesn't work as well as an image.  It just seemed like it wasn't really worthy of posting for others to look at, as much as a lot of your others are...which are usually quite good.  And I do post my own work.  I may not be as interested in posting selfies as some people, but that's not really my thing.  I'm not so narcissistic, perhaps I should be though...I don't know.  Do you have to love yourself a lot to be a creative and productive artist?  Do you have to incessantly and shamelessly pat yourself on the back a lot, in order to be a success?  I just don't feel the need to toot my own horn so much, where my photo work is concerned.  And admittedly I'm not a nationally known photographer, I'm not a bigshot...but that doesn't invalidate my criticisms.  I have life experience and education as an artist, at least to a degree.  I'm sorry I didn't do further research on your image, but again, this particular one does not inspire me at all, and I stand by that.  If it is being found inspirational by others, I question their own artistic perspective.  We all can see things differently, and I'm sure your friends would be happy to tell me how invalid my criticism is, but it's valid...and the sky is rather grotesque.  Because light pollution is grotesque.  If you don't think it is, that's your opinion.  Doesn't invalidate mine, though.  If making friends with you means I have to be one of your yes men, then I guess we can't be friends.  But yes men aren't real friends anyway.  Bottom line, this shot we are discussing, is not worthy to stand with your other work.  I have plenty of shots that aren't worthy of my better shots, but I don't post those, nor do I even waste time looking at them much.  For this image Dustin, the emperor has no clothes...If an image needs to be explained, then by its very nature (and by even the name of your photo company), it fails.  If you had simply explained this briefly when you posted the picture, then I would have taken it for what it is.  But instead you implied that it was a serious work.  I call them like I see them, as do you.  Not going to your flickr for further explanation, is not my fault though.  I come to canonrumors to learn and to share, not to be redirected elsewhere to for long-winded philosophical indoctrinations...(no offense, not trying to be harsh with that, it just came out that way, and I like the way it sounds.)   

Carl, I like you.  I don't always agree with you.  I stand by my statements, as you obviously do yours.  OK.  Done.  Moving on.

To answer your question:  I have a small but powerful "tactical" LED flashlight that I carry in a pocket.  The light itself is far too powerful and direct for a close subject like the foreground, so I shine the light upward into my other hand cupped around it, and then very slightly lift my hand like a reflector and carefully shape and direct the light for only a portion of the exposure.  I count it off in relation to the length of the exposure and how much light I want produced.  It took some practice, but I feel like I have a fair handle on the technique at this stage.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 26, 2013, 09:07:10 AM »
Here's a moody piece that keys on the swirly bokeh effect from the old Helios 44-2:


Tunnel Vision by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 25, 2013, 04:41:33 PM »
Here's a link to a little piece on the lens that I was hired to write for PhotoNews magazine:

http://www.photonews.ca/index.php/widen-your-horizons-by-dustin-l-abbott/


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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« on: October 25, 2013, 09:16:51 AM »
It's odd how much the bokeh rendition and color from this lens reminds me of the 135L in certain situations.


Multiplicity by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 25, 2013, 09:15:57 AM »
I love all your pictures! You have a wonderful eye! Thanks for sharing!

Thanks, Mark.

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