The Grand Canyon with the 10-18mm f/4 and 8mm f/2.8 Fisheye

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Nate_Dogg, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. Nate_Dogg

    Nate_Dogg TalkEmount Regular

    Feb 6, 2013
    Eugene, OR
    Nate Pfeifer
    I was lucky enough to pull a permit for a Grand Canyon river trip, and spent almost the entire month of October there. I ended up bringing a crap ton of lenses, but didn't use most of them. The two I did use, almost exclusively, were the SEL-1018 and a Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 fisheye. These lenses proved indispensable, especially when hiking though all the narrow slot canyons. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the trip I (the first is actually from Flagstaff):






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  2. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Photo op of a lifetime. Shots are amazing, really makes me wish I could go. :)

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  3. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Truly awesome stuff, featured post... Should be.

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  4. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Simply amazing!!! Can't say anything more :thumbup:
  5. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Very cool. The longest I've spent down there was four days, can't imagine a whole month.
  6. John D.

    John D. TalkEmount Regular

    Oct 7, 2013
    Absolutely amazing - with stunning images.. Breathtaking, to be honest...

    Nicely done!!!

    - John
  7. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
    Wow. Just wow.
  8. Mellow

    Mellow TalkEmount Regular

    Aug 18, 2013
    Florida or Wyoming
    The Grand Canyon for a full month, in October . . . you lucky Dogg!!!

    Gorgeous pictures, some of the best I've seen from there. It's actually not an easy place to photograph in many ways, but you did a marvelous job.
  9. riveredger

    riveredger TalkEmount Rookie

    Apr 24, 2013
    Fantastic set. Thanks for sharing these photographs.
  10. Nate_Dogg

    Nate_Dogg TalkEmount Regular

    Feb 6, 2013
    Eugene, OR
    Nate Pfeifer
    Wow, thanks so much for the positive feedback -- just one of the reasons I much prefer this forum over DpReview's! :) One a side note, I definitely brought home plenty of really bad shots as well, but somehow they got deleted from my hard drive... ;)

    As Mellow hit on, in a few ways it can be a difficult place to shoot, mainly with the hash contrast/shadows within the slot canyons. From a photography standpoint, I really wish we would have had more cloud cover, as opposed to the clear conditions we had almost every day -- First world problems, eh. Actually, the most difficult thing was dealing with the sand/dust. Its ability to find its way into every nook & cranny was astonishing (especially with the NEX-6 and lenses); and trust me, I was very deliberate about trying to protect my gear.

    Don't get me wrong, The Grand certainly makes up for the challenges with the unlimited shooting opportunities, really it was a trip of a lifetime! As an example, check out these cropped shots I got with A77, a couple Big Horn Sheep buttin' heads! I mean, "who gets to see this first hand?!"


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  11. markoneswift

    markoneswift TalkEmount Veteran

    Oct 17, 2012
    Wow ! Simply awesome work. I've been there myself and you really captured the scale and diversity of the place. I use an 8mm F/2.8 fisheye myself ( Samyang on my NEX C3 ) and I still can't believe how good a lens it is for the price.
  12. Karl

    Karl New to TalkEmount

    Nov 5, 2013
    Very fine photos, thank you. Apparently you rectified the fish-eye projection of the 8mm lens in post processing, did you not?
  13. Nate_Dogg

    Nate_Dogg TalkEmount Regular

    Feb 6, 2013
    Eugene, OR
    Nate Pfeifer
    Believe it or not, no distortion adjustment was done in post process. For the shots I used the fisheye on (2 thru 7, 11 and 15), it just happened to work really well as is. I actually spent quite a bit of time switching between the two lenses in the field, with one working better than the other, depending on the subject matter and lighting conditions. This just shows that there is an argument for having both a standard wide-angle and a fisheye in your kit -- as if I needed an excuse to by more gear... =)
  14. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Aug 6, 2011
    Incredible series!