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Old 12-13-2010, 08:37 AM   #196
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Old 12-14-2010, 06:48 AM   #197
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Old 12-14-2010, 12:28 PM   #198
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I have GOT to try this ... how far apart were your 30-second exposures, and did you use high-ISO noise reduction?

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Old 12-14-2010, 11:41 PM   #199
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I have GOT to try this ... how far apart were your 30-second exposures, and did you use high-ISO noise reduction?

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I set the interval timer to 40 seconds so there was time to clear the buffer. No high ISO NR used- I think I was only at ISO 800 if I remember right.
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Old 12-15-2010, 09:16 PM   #201
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Very nice Tom. I think I might have flipped it in photoshop to correct the spelling and have fun confusing people as to how you got a different background than everyone elses ordinary shot that probably looks like mine.


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Great take on the sign though. You like the Samyang?
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^I thought about flipping it, but then I thought that might be 'too much' as far as alterations go (eh, I probably should have just done it).

The Samyang (Rokinon) is FANTASTIC! I had some problems with manual focus the first day, but then I met up with Cody the second, and he explained things to me in my (idiot) terms. From there, it was an absolute breeze. I easily prefer it over the Tokina 10-17. For $230, it was a real bargain (and adds even more 'value' to the D7000 for me). Thanks for the recommendation!
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The Samyang (Rokinon) is FANTASTIC!
I think there might be a lens under the tree for me, and I hope it is that one! I did also put Nikon's 35mm f/1.8 on my list, so it might be that -- or a right-angle viewfinder, which would also be good. But I'd be most excited by a new fisheye.

I'm getting my wife a Nikon 50mm f/1.8, because she always wants to borrow mine ...

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Old 12-19-2010, 06:38 PM   #204
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Very nice!! Love the composition on this one. Well done!
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Old 12-20-2010, 10:51 PM   #207
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The Samyang (Rokinon) is FANTASTIC! I had some problems with manual focus the first day, but then I met up with Cody the second, and he explained things to me in my (idiot) terms. From there, it was an absolute breeze. I easily prefer it over the Tokina 10-17. For $230, it was a real bargain (and adds even more 'value' to the D7000 for me). Thanks for the recommendation!
Poor Tokina.

I think the Samyang can safely be called the spiritual successor to the full-frame Zenitar 16mm fisheye:


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The Samyang (Pro-Optic) 8mm- its like $260 at Adorama- I really like mine so far.


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I hope that you won't take offense to this. I think that you post some amazing images here and this particular one really struck me. I wanted to try and capture something similar. I think that I failed from a composition standpoint but I definitely learned a lot from a technique perspective by trying this shot. I can't wait for my next opportunity to try similar shots. Thank you for the inspiration!

They say that "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" and I hope you look at it that way too!


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I hope that you won't take offense to this. I think that you post some amazing images here and this particular one really struck me. I wanted to try and capture something similar. I think that I failed from a composition standpoint but I definitely learned a lot from a technique perspective by trying this shot. I can't wait for my next opportunity to try similar shots. Thank you for the inspiration!

They say that "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" and I hope you look at it that way too!

I think we all emulate each other's shots, nothing bad there. I've been doing TTA fisheyes for at least four years now. I'm pretty sure I've got a fair number of Gdad clones in my collection.

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Tomorrowland Transit Authority by Groucho Dis, on Flickr

I may have to try the second b/w shot in color, that's an angle that I haven't done since then (or seen anyone do though someone probably has)...

With your shot, I probably would have gotten a little closer, moving the center horizontal line farther up in the frame, which would give it a lot more curve. Right now that section seems a little flat. IMHO with a fisheye, you usually need to throw out most stuff you already know about composition.

edit: Looking again at Gdad's and my particular shot, it looks like we were standing in almost exactly the same spot; just pointed the camera in slightly different directions. Pretty funny.
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