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.