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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 04, 2013, 05:18:03 PM »
Dustin, I tried a shot similar to yours this past summer.  It does have the harsh lighting but it still works I think.


I like the nice little sun-star in the shot.  It isn't an easy shot to pull off, and I've got plenty in my catalog that aren't all that impressive!

Here's a new shot with the Rokinon I took a few days ago:


Forsaken by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr


I like this one, and the color of the barn is not so extreme as in the other barn image.


Yeah, but you aren't really comparing apples to apples.  The other image you reference was a painterly image that's entire point was to be somewhat surreal.  This image is vivid, to be sure, but accurate of the colors that I captured.


I like all your barns...whether green, blue, aqua or accurate. ;)


How about one with stars over it?  That's coming tomorrow :)

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Mail-in & Instant Rebates
« on: October 04, 2013, 03:42:34 PM »
It should also be noted that many of the lenses on this list do have instant rebates rather than mail-ins.  Unfortunately this is not true of almost any of the L lenses.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 04, 2013, 03:40:59 PM »
Dustin, I tried a shot similar to yours this past summer.  It does have the harsh lighting but it still works I think.


I like the nice little sun-star in the shot.  It isn't an easy shot to pull off, and I've got plenty in my catalog that aren't all that impressive!

Here's a new shot with the Rokinon I took a few days ago:


Forsaken by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr


I like this one, and the color of the barn is not so extreme as in the other barn image.


Yeah, but you aren't really comparing apples to apples.  The other image you reference was a painterly image that's entire point was to be somewhat surreal.  This image is vivid, to be sure, but accurate of the colors that I captured.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 04, 2013, 03:39:19 PM »
I have the Samyang 14mm, though have not used it much so far. My first choice would be the Zeiss 15mm, but @ ~$3000 US, my budget wont allow it at this time. I purchased the Samyang 14mm based on reviews at Photozone & some other reviews, and the very nice price compared to the Zeiss 15mm& Canon 14mm costs.Though it is not AF, at this focal length it is not that important. It is a pretty amazing uwa lens. I also thought the Rokinon/Samyang/Bower were the same lenses sold with a different brand name, but see now based on other posts on this thread, there are some differences. They are all about the same cost, at least at B&H. I still would not buy the Canon over the Samyang, but would buy the Zeiss (if i won the lottery). I also have the Canon 16-35L, but prefer the Samyang @ 14mm over the Canon @ 16mm. If you want a UWA lens i would definitly recommend it. I like your photos Dustin, and thanks for the info on the dandelion chip wickedwombat. I will have to check that out.

The Zeiss 15mm would be my first choice, too, if money were no object.  It is currently my most desired Zeiss lens that I'm aware of.  But it is also almost ten times the price of the Rokinon, and I'm very happy with the images I'm getting out of the Roki.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 04, 2013, 11:15:45 AM »
I'm sold, thanks for the real-world review, Dustin. :). This lens begs to be used in portrait orientation.  Most of the distortion is easily correctable and becomes insignificant outside of architectural work.  Looks even sharper than I'd hoped.  I like to rent-to-try, but for the price/performance the Rok14 is just-buy-and-enjoy.

I think I'd have to agree.  I'm obviously thankful that I got an opportunity to try the lens myself before investing, but that was a fairly unique situation.  If someone is aware of the limitations of the lens (particularly when it comes to the manual nature) going in I seriously doubt that many will be disappointed by this lens.  It is very, very sharp!

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 04, 2013, 08:56:03 AM »
Another tree as subject.

Hi Andy,

Where did you take that photo? It is the exact same tree that Peter Lik sells as his famous "Tree of Life". I always wondered the location of that tree. I believe someone else published a photo of it before Lik did. Your shot is lovely. :)

Here is Lik's colored version.

That's definitely the same tree (the rock to the left is the same, too).  It is an amazing one!

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 04, 2013, 08:55:12 AM »
One more as tree as subject.  A difficult exposure for me as the tree had been scorched by an old fire an the sky was grey but quite light.  I do have multiple exposures since I was using a tripod but don't know how to combine them yet in a single image to get a natural look.

Andy, did you shoot this as a RAW or a JPEG image.  If it is a RAW, you have plenty of latitude for lifting those shadows in the trunk.  The 6D has a very strong dynamic range on the shadow end of the spectrum.  If you have access to Lightroom, just pull the shadows slider to the right.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« on: October 04, 2013, 08:52:55 AM »

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 04, 2013, 08:52:33 AM »

Hush by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

This is the 70-300L

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 03, 2013, 08:37:04 AM »
Dustin, I tried a shot similar to yours this past summer.  It does have the harsh lighting but it still works I think.


I like the nice little sun-star in the shot.  It isn't an easy shot to pull off, and I've got plenty in my catalog that aren't all that impressive!

Here's a new shot with the Rokinon I took a few days ago:


Forsaken 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 03, 2013, 08:33:38 AM »
Here's another that I have just taken with the Rokinon:


Forsaken by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Mail-in & Instant Rebates
« on: October 02, 2013, 10:40:37 AM »
Wow - I think the $549 price on the new 35mm f/2 IS may just be the trigger point for me.  That is a very strong lens for that price.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 02, 2013, 08:03:53 AM »
Hey there. New to register but have been lurking the site for some time now. Thought this'd be a good a reason as any for first post.  Both shots were taken with a 6D that I picked up in May and a 70-200 f/2.8 IS II that I just picked up last week. Officially broke now but no regrets on either one. Not a pro or anything. Just an amateur that's found something that he really likes doing, so go easy on em .... lol

Wasn't much done to the football one in post, and the other was just a bit of the Portraiture plugin in LR.

Both nice shots.  Congrats on your new toys - you will enjoy them!

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 02, 2013, 08:02:52 AM »

Reaching by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr


Love this, I've even tried it myself in a Bamboo Forest in Japan, Image sucked, but this is how it's done, another Beautiful Image Dustin, I do enjoy your Images, I have this need to improve my Landscape skills, so I enjoy work from People like yourself that clearly have those Skills.


This kind of shot does present a processing challenge.  The sheer volume of leaves and other details tend to make the images just look busy.  It's also not uncommon to fight harsh lighting.  Part of the reason I went with monochrome on this one is to be able to reduce contrast and overall busyness.

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