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