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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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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 25, 2013, 09:14:44 AM »
Public Bank @ KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

6D + 17-40mm hand-held.  Just road-testing my 6D.  I'm amazed at how clean the files even at high ISO.



That is an excellent image, Jason.  The high ISO performance of the 6D is a revelation.  I went back and was processing some images shot for a client back when I using the 5DII and was shocked at how much color noise there was at ISO 1250.  It reminded me of how much of an improvement the 6D is in that area.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 25, 2013, 09:12:32 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.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 25, 2013, 09:00:32 AM »

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 24, 2013, 08:29:38 AM »
Here's a simple subject but I wanted to play with night "light" with a heavy overcast.  The result is interesting, I believe:


Jacob's Ladder by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: October 23, 2013, 05:35:35 PM »
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


Nice one ... good work with the foreground too!

I really like to include a foreground element with the 135L when possible because it does such a good job with both foreground and background bokeh.  Doing that always adds an extra bit of depth to the image.
I like adding a bit of foreground blur too, especially with lenses like the 135 and the 300 f/2.8, which have such a nice smooth OOF blur. Not only does it give an image more of an artistic feel, it also adds a sense of looking through the undergrowth and being there.

Haven't had the privilege of shooting the 300 f/2.8 (someday!), but I don't have any problem taking your word for it  ;D

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: October 23, 2013, 10:10:17 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


Nice one ... good work with the foreground too!

I really like to include a foreground element with the 135L when possible because it does such a good job with both foreground and background bokeh.  Doing that always adds an extra bit of depth to the image. 

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Interesting sharpness - terrible photo.  That is a really awkward perspective.  I think those of you interested in the camera will find this very interesting; I always enjoy these guys reviews and they not only shoot the A7 and A7R (preproduction), but shoot the whole review on them, too.

I was so focus on the IQ and didn't notice about photo composition ;D

I saw this video the following morning, after the A7 series annoucement.

I like their reviews. He described the RX1 prefectly.

The angle of view and shallow focus gives the impression of a lazy eye.  Terrible!

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 23, 2013, 08:36:37 AM »
Recent portrait with 6D/135L - bit of fill flash from 580EXII:


Paris on Her Mind by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: October 23, 2013, 08:34:45 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


Paris on Her Mind by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr


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Interesting sharpness - terrible photo.  That is a really awkward perspective.  I think those of you interested in the camera will find this very interesting; I always enjoy these guys reviews and they not only shoot the A7 and A7R (preproduction), but shoot the whole review on them, too.

Sony A7 & A7R Hands-On Field Test


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Reviews / Re: Review: EOS M System
« on: October 22, 2013, 10:14:44 AM »
dustin you should get your distributor to give you an 8mm to review on the EOS-M it'd be interesting to see your comparison and also give mor info to the crop shooters out there.

It really is amazing how good this samyang glass is for what it costs

I had the Samyang 8mm and really liked it but when I got my EF-M 11-22mm I decided the Samyang was so poor in comparison, I sold it.
Of course I lost the novelty factor of 8mm, (which my wife always hated for some reason), but it couldn't hold a candle to the sharpness of the EF-M @ 11mm in comparison and I decided I was not going to be using it much as a consequence, not when I could pack a 11-22mm zoom that was better optically, and less than half the weight and size, and has AF and IS to boot. So off to ebay it went.

Unless you really need 8mm and the fisheye effect, the EF-M 11-22 is a much better buy IMO

Compare these two crops. Now admittedly they were taken on different occasions with different cameras - an EOS M and a EOS 600D, but both very similar 18mps Canon APS-C - Both RAW optimized through LR.  But they were both cropped from about the same place - towards the corner - from photos taken in the same place with the same perspective. (and repeated in other images I compared)

See http://www.flickr.com/photos/lozwilkes/sets/72157603270433799/ for the non-cropped images. IMG_0418 is the Samyang.

There's definitely a very noticeable difference there.  Score one more for the new 11-22mm.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 22, 2013, 08:39:14 AM »
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That's another amazing image, Dustin. If I were still in the Sierra foothills, I'd be attempting shots like that. Here in the Philadelphia area I think it's going to be more city lights and buildings for me.

Mine came Friday. Doing a lot of event shooting I haven't had a chance to use it much, but the few shots I've taken indicate it's devastatingly sharp. Sort of nostalgic to go back to the full manual days, setting aperture on the dial and manual focusing!

Thanks for putting me onto this!

It is certainly very sharp.  The ability to magnify images and not see detail break down is wonderful.  And yes, if you have some manual background there is a certain magic to thinking about aperture and focus as a part of the shot.  I personally believe that some time invested in those things makes one a better photographer.

Here's another image that shows what the Rokinon is great for:  I've chosen a foreground element that is sharply in focus, but the focus remains strong throughout this deep image.


The Road through the Woods by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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