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Old 01-25-2010, 04:04 PM   #211
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Old 01-25-2010, 04:09 PM   #212
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Uh!!! I have the Tokina on backorder and hoping it would come before my trip to DL and just found out my local guy has 4 in today and I'm without a car for 2 more days

He got mad at me for saying I order from adorama . "jesus I'm going to move to New York so then you'll call me!!!" They are one of the best stores around that carry tons of stuff and I just rediscovered them...but I'm not telling where until I get my lens Wednesday

Hmm.how much is a cab downtown? packing up the 2 kids and getting them to not tell their father about our 'outing'
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nice picture as usual Tom!
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Old 01-25-2010, 05:27 PM   #214
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Here is a picture of Faneuil Hall in Boston. Taken at 10mm with the Sigma 10-20mm on my Nikon D300.

Today, what is known as Faneuil Hall Marketplace is still Boston's central meeting place, offering visitors and residents alike an unparalleled urban marketplace. The unique and burgeoning array of shops, restaurants and outdoor entertainment have made it a premiere urban destination that attracts more than 18 million visitors annually.



and a B/W version...
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Old 01-25-2010, 06:23 PM   #215
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Talk about timing..they just called and my car is ready . Now I got to sneak out at lunch at work to get downtown to get my Tokina!
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Old 01-25-2010, 06:52 PM   #216
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I always love seeing what you will post next Tom! Love the colors!!!
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Old 01-25-2010, 07:15 PM   #217
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Tom,

You should forget about being a laywer and go into photography, you a great eye for it! Let's be honest, do we really need more lawyers? I say no.
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:25 PM   #221
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You should forget about being a laywer and go into photography, you a great eye for it! Let's be honest, do we really need more lawyers? I say no.
Thanks for the kind words.

I think unless you are willing to do wedding photography (even if I were willing, which I'm not, I would not be good at that), photography is a tough field in which to make a living.

I definitely agree that there are too many lawyers in the world. Luckily, the field is contracting around here and I have a lot of classmates who are fearful that they aren't going to be employed after graduation, which is a really scary thought after potentially incurring student loans in amounts as high as $40,000 per year for 7 years.

In light of all of that, I think I'll stick with the lawyer thing for the time being at least. We both are happy that way (I have a job and there are still less lawyers in the world). If it's any consolation, I don't plan on being an ambulance chaser or the kind that advertises on TV. I'm

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Definitely. I like the pinks and purples in your shot. SSE really is the perfect subject. So many different "takes" on the same thing.
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Just as a little note on shooting with UWA lenses - most of the lenses for UWA sold nowadays are 'rectilinear' lenses - which essentially means they've been designed to minimize distortion on the vertical and horizontal lines when shooting - they emphasize the distortion control most in the center of the frame, with a sharper drop off near the corners. However, this is based on shooting straight-on to your subject - level shooting is crucial to avoid distortion. As soon as you tilt the shooting angle upwards or downwards from the horizon line, you introduce extreme distortion effects.

While this can be very desirable and intended, making for some very cool shots, it should be a tool in your arsenal to use when you want it, not something that happens unintentionally and requiring lots of correction in post processing. So think about the way you are shooting the shot, and decide if distortion is wanted or not. If not, shoot nice and level, straight on to the horizon, 90 degrees from your subject's vertical lines. The lens will usually do an amazing job of keeping those lines nice and straight, without the barrel distortion and perspective skew. If you want that cool UWA distortion effect, then play around with your shooting angle and have fun!
Thanks ZackieDawg. I thought I was shooting straight for both shots, but for some reason, I always end up tilted. I may be one who should always use a tripod because I just can't seem to get shots level no matter how hard I try to get it right before taking the shot. My head must be screwed on crooked or something! OMG, add to that the fact that I'm short! Everything I shoot is usually done pointing up! Being short sucks.

Edit: So Zackiedawg, what do you recommend for short people to do when using an UWA lens? I zoomed with my feet to get a better shot, but then end up having to tilt upwards to get it because I'm short!

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You can also use Photoshop's "free transform" tool to fix the issue without having to crop (or without having to crop as much); however, this is not "scientific" (for lack of a better term) and you can end up with odd results. Still, it's what I use most of the time. Normally, I duplicate the layer before doing the transformation so I can use the layer under if it becomes necessary to mask.

EDIT: looks like that article discusses free transform. I have to say I use it in a different manner...when I use it (which is not often as I like the distortion) I normally stretch the photo in ways that 'hide' distortion and possibly actually introduce more distortion that somehow compensates for the original distortion. Yes, my technical knowledge is very limited. I just "do stuff" that looks good to me...
Thanks WDWFigment. Your technical knowledge is not as limited as mine! BTW, I was thisclose to buying a Tokina 11-16 2.8. I have it in the cart and it was in stock and everything! All the stars were aligned to get it! Then I woke up and realized I should master the one I have first...<sigh> maybe one day...
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Hey, I got one of those too...

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UWA Tokina 11-16mm came in very handy for this group shot.

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Hey, I got one of those too...

We've had orange, pink and blue. Do I hear green????

Seriously, nice shots everyone! I actually loved seeing all the different takes on the same subject!

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UWA Tokina 11-16mm came in very handy for this group shot.

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