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Dustin Abbott
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Pastor, Author, Photographer
Pastor, Author, Photographer

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"Drowned Reflections"

© 2017 Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott

This year in our region (Eastern Ontario/Western Quebec) there was a major issue with flooding. The Ottawa and St. Lawrence rivers (along with many other small bodies of water) were overwhelmed by the combination of spring melt (after heavy snows this winter) along with a prodigious amount of rain this spring. It all resulted in water levels higher than in many decades, and a whole lot of damage to houses and businesses in low lying areas. It also made for a unique opportunity for some photos of trees seemingly growing out of water. The shoreline of the Ottawa River near my home is usually beyond the trees in this photo, but, as you can, the water had risen high about its usual boundaries, giving me the unique drowned reflections you see here.

#photodujour #dustinabbott #photography #floods #spring2017 #Canada #tamron #1530VC
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Here's a quick episode that breaks down the five major strengths of both the Sigma 85 ART and 135 ART when compared to the other. It will help you if you are choosing between the two.

#lensreview #dustinabbott #photography #sigma #85ART #135ART

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Here's a quick head to head comparing the @Sigma_Photo 85 ART vs 135 ART. 5 ways that each lens is better.

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"Even Dandelions Looks Good"

© 2017 Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott

Here's another very, very spring-centric image. I recently added a lens to my kit that I consider to have some of the finest optics of any lens I've tested - the Zeiss Milvus APO Sonnar 2/135mm. Yesterday evening I decided to emphasize two of its strengths: 1) great color/rendering and 2) Great magnification. I used a circular polarizer to intensify color and a 13mm extension tube to increase the already excellent 0.25x magnification figure. I set up a tripod down low to get this shot, which features a dandelion sticking up out of a bed of "lily of the valley", which this time of year have incredibly intense green leaves. I've added a little selective saturation, but the colors were just incredible right out of the camera. One final thing - at this viewing size it may be hard to see, but there is a mosquito in the lower center left of the image that is perfectly frozen in air. The detail at a pixel level is incredible...and is everything else in the image.

#photodujour #dustinabbott #photography #zeiss #milvus2135 #canon #5dmarkiv
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The new DJI Spark has been announced, and can be preordered for under $500. Nice!

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Check out my review of the Angler Port-a-Cube LED Light tent - perfect for product/food/macro photography.

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Looking for a good rolling bag to travel with your photography gear? Check out my review of the Vanguard Alta Fly 48T. http://bit.ly/altafly48

#review #dustinabbott #photography #vanguard #altafly #48T
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"A Surfeit of Beauty"

© 2017 Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott

Ahhh, spring. An almost ridiculous amount of color and beauty, as if nature feels the need to compensate for wretched barrenness of winter. I'll drive by lilac bushes filled with flowers, but they are almost hard to appreciate from a distance. Up close, however, they just ooze beauty. These lilac blossoms had been cut to use for centerpieces at a banquet I was attending (and shooting), and I just had to use the opportunity to get something special. One more example of why I love the 35L II - just an amazing lens. I do wish that Canon had a 50mm equivalent.

#photodujour #dustinabbott #photography #canon #35LII #5DMarkIV
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My full video review of the little Voigtländer Ultron 40mm f/2 is now live with some interesting comparisons. Come and check it out!

#lensreview #dustinabbott #photography #voigtländer #ultron #40mm #videoreview #youtube

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My final review of the sweet little Voigtländer Ultron 40mm f/2 lens is now live. Check it out!!

#lensreview #dustinabbott #photography #voigtländer #cosina #40mm
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